THQ has more than a fair share of projects on its plate, what with Saints Row: The Third fast approaching its release date on November 15, 2011. The publisher also has WWE 12 slated for November 22, UFC Undisputed 3 next February, and Darksiders 2 at some undisclosed point after that. That wraps around to the announcement of a launch date for THQ’s new MMORPG, Warhammer 40k Dark Millennium Online. The title, developed by Vigil Games, is currently slated for a March 2013 release.

Fans have waited patiently for THQ to announce a launch date for Dark Millennium Online,  and though that patience has finally been rewarded, it won’t make the next eighteen months pass any more quickly. Complicating matters is that Darksiders 2, a potential Wii U launch title, is also being developed by Vigil, and any delays on that title could push production of Dark Millennium Online back.

Prospects for a sequel to Warhammer: Space Marine are not as encouraging. Speaking to Joystiq, THQ’s Danny Bilson balked at the idea of committing to a sequel for Space Marine, saying that the title would undoubtedly compete directly with Dark Millennium Online.

“We’ve already announced the Imperium in the MMO as a class you can play, and if you combine that it’s very active, as opposed to the more turn-based stuff. I’m not sure there’s room for Space Marine.”

Bilson didn’t slam the door though, knowing future, yet unnamed projects are in the works.

“We are heavily invested in the 40K universe, so there’s more stuff coming in the 40K universe, absolutely. We extended the deal for quite a while.”

Warhammer 40k MMORPG

THQ undoubtedly has noticed the negative churn of subscribers from World of Warcraft, and by launching Warhammer 40k Dark Millennium Online in March 2013, one has to wonder if THQ is setting themselves up to scoop fans who have fallen out of favor with Blizzard’s behemoth. While still incredibly popular, WoW is losing subscribers each month, and THQ is probably aiming their product squarely at disenfranchised WoW players. Eighteen months is a long time in the development world, so it remains to be seen how this will play out.

With many other publishers taking their franchise into the MMO world, it will be very interesting to see how Dark Millennium Online fares. With WoW already an established giant, Knights of the Old Republic due out very soon, and rumors of a Mass Effect MMO, it could soon be a very competitive landscape. Hopefully, that will do nothing but make better games for players.

Warhammer 40k fans, what is your take on the time frame for Dark Millennium Online’s release? Are you dismayed that no Space Marine sequel is planned at this point?

Warhammer 40k Dark Millennium Online is slated for a March 2013 release.

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Source: VG24/7, Joystiq

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