Updated Mon, Dec 30, 2013 by Martuk
Otherland, the promising free-to-play MMOG based on the works of Tad Williams, was in development by Real U with gamigo set to publish in NA and EU. Based on the novel series of the same name, Otherland included various worlds in a vast multiverse ranging from cyberpunk to medieval. Unfortunately, development on Otherland was unceremoniously brought to an end this year when developer RealU was hit with layoffs when parent company dtp Entertainment entered insolvency.
Gamigo has retained the publishing rights for NA and EU and, according to one of the last gamigo posts on the Otherland forums, they’re hopeful that a deal can be reached to complete the game another way. But for now, Otherland secures its spot on our list with a slight chance of resurrection.
Anyone remember this game? If you don’t remember it or have never heard of it it’s understandable given the game’s shaky history in development. Take a deep breath folks, this is a long one.
Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online initially began development at THQ development studio Vigil Games back in 2007 as an MMOG. Before THQ went belly-up, they released a trailer for the game and made a number of announcements about the MMOG’s development. Just a couple of those include a 2011 comment that the development budget was around $50 million, and that it was expected to release in the 2012 fiscal year. Obviously that didn’t happen.
By the time 2012 rolled around, rumors were circulating that the game had been cancelled. THQ denied the rumors, but a few months later the publisher released an announcement that Vigil’s development focus for Warhammer 40k: Dark Millennium Online had shifted from creating an MMOG to creating “an immersive single player and online multiplayer experience with robust digital content, and engaging community features.”
When THQ had its big financial blowout in 2012, War40k’s development took yet another turn following layoffs. After that, even THQ seemed to have no idea if the game was still in development, cancelled, coming back, or turned into My Little Ponies: Warhammer Edition. Despite unconfrmed speculation (true though it may be) that the project was canned in 2012, we can certainly say that the final decisive nail in the coffin that finally put this unfortunate game out of its long and tormented misery came following the THQ bankruptcy auction back in January, when Vigil Games was one of the few unfortunate fleshy parts left on the rotting corpse that was once THQ. Other publishers picked the rest clean, but Vigil and its team of developers were unfortunately left behind.
On a positive note for Warhammer 40k fans, you do have two options coming up with Behaviour Interactive’s Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade MMOG and Eutechnyx’s MOBA style Warhammer 40k: Storm of Vengeance.