Awww, this is rather sad. Once upon a time, Mythic created classic MMO Dark Age of Camelot, one of the few real alternatives to EverQuest back in its heyday, and classic MUD Dragon’s Gate before that. Later it also warred out the warrisomely war-packed Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, which recently went bye-bye itself. Since then, Mythic’s been in a strange spot, unable to find a new niche with middling arena brawler Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes and eventually, the utterly wretched mobile version of Dungeon Keeper. Now, however, it’s in no spot, as it no longer exists. EA has shut down the studio once and for all.
EA made the announcement with a brief statement:
“We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fairfax, Virginia, as we concentrate mobile development in our other studio locations. We are working with all impacted employees to provide assistance in finding new opportunities, either within EA or with other companies via an upcoming job fair.”
So that’s that. End of an era.
Admittedly, much of Mythic’s prime talent scattered to the winds beforehand, including founder Mark Jacobs, who recently Kickstarted ambitious realm-vs-realm MMO Camelot Unchained.
Still though, it’s always a shame to see studios with such billowing legacies die – especially when they go out on as sour of a note as that Dungeon Keeper remake. Ugh. Here’s hoping affected employees land on their feet, though. If anyone wants to talk Mythic’s final days, my email is in my byline.