Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium

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For the collectible card game, see Dark Millennium.
Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium
Developer(s) Vigil Games (2007-2013)
Publisher(s) TBA
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) Assumed Canceled
Genre(s) Unknown
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium is a likely canceled video game that was to be based on Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 setting. It was under development by Vigil Games until THQ's closure. Originally announced in March 2007, further information was released as well as a teaser trailer at E3 2010.[1] Originally planned to be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Vigil Games announced that they would be dropping the MMO components of the game in order to focus on a single-player game with a more traditional multiplayer experience.[2]


The game will feature relatively in-depth fire-fights with player-formed squads as well as cover and flanking mechanics.[3] However, being true to the setting, war and battles will be a big feature of Warhammer 40,000 Online and Vigil Games are promising to deliver battlegrounds of epic proportions.[4] Controllable vehicles are a key aspect to the game; the developers have said that they are multifunctional and that some are able to sport multiple pilots.[4]

The game will be set in the 41st Millennium, well after the Horus Heresy, and all races important to that period in the setting will be represented, although only one playable race has been announced so far: the Imperium of Man.[5] Details about characters are still largely unknown. However, it has been said that there will be no non-combat classes in the game as this would not fit properly with the background. Players will be able to customize their characters visual appearance with ranged and melee weapons, armor, books, scrolls and chains.[4]

Although war and battlefields will be a large part of Dark Millennium the scope of the game will include more of the setting than that; Vigil Games’ General Manager David Adams mentions being able to visit "cities (of all scales, types and sizes), exotic alien temples, Chaos shrines, deserted battlefields, mysterious ruins, ancient structures, drifting hulks in space, etc..." and that they will be populated with all manners of non-player characters.[4]

Dark Millennium Online was revealed at E3 2010 expo June 15-17th. There, the name was announced as Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online, and a first trailer was shown.[6]

Playable factions[edit]

From a THQ private company conference concerning E3 presentation plan[citation needed]:

  • Imperium has been confirmed as a playable race (PC Gamer).
  • Chaos (Screenshot)
  • Orks (Screenshot)


For the full story on the setting, see Warhammer 40,000.

On the official website a backstory for the game was revealed.

"On the very edge of the galaxy lies the Sargos Sector. For centuries it was rendered uninhabitable and isolated by volatile Warp Storms. Even now, deep within the sector the very fabric of reality is unraveling. Only the ancient Sentinel Devices hold the Warp at bay.

But the ravages of time and meddling of humanity have weakened the Sentinel Devices-and now, the battle for these lost worlds is at hand. Drawn to the conflict, the great races of the galaxy descend upon the Sargos Sector, seeking to preserve reality-or to tear it asunder.

Side with the forces of Order, or the vile hosts of Destruction, in a war that will unlock ancient secrets, reveal dark purposes, and determine the fate of the Sargos Sector. For in this dark millennium, there is no peace amongst the stars, only war."

Bankruptcy of THQ[edit]

On December 19, 2012, the publisher THQ, which owns Vigil Games, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, bringing Dark Millennium's fate into question. Video gaming blog Kotaku reached out to THQ's public relations representatives, who gave confusing answers as to the development status of Dark Millennium, stating that "development of this title ended in March 2012", later retracting that to refer to the cancellation of the MMO aspect, but not definitively answering if the project as a whole was cancelled.[7]

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