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Posts tagged “mythos”

Have You Played… X-COM Apocalypse

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Everybody seems to have an opinion about Terror From The Deep, the first sequel in the original X-COM series. I've heard people dismissing it as a reskin or complaining that it is too difficult, while its defenders will happily gurgle about the Lovecraftian…

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We’ll Myth It: Mythos Europe Soon Dead

This is a sad end to the story of Mythos. You might remember that this was the MMO being devloped by Flagship Seattle, a studio led by a band of ex-Blizzard employees, many of whom worked on the Diablo games. When Flagship floundered and died in 2008, the game was catapulted into limbo. Some months later it was given new life by Asian publisher HanbitSoft,…

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Blink And You’ll Myth It: Mythos Released

See the takeover advert that currently adorns this page like somebody's upended roast dinner? The game it's for, free-to-play Diablo-alike Mythos, has just been released. You can download the client here, and play for as long as you please with your entirely wallet stowed for the duration. What an age we live in! How far we've come. How far we've come from prehistoric times, when…

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Mythos Finally Debuts In Europe

And not for everyone, either, as it's a closed beta, which you can sign up to here. The beta itself will kick off on February 8th. The saga of Mythos is quite the thing. It was a promising hack 'n' slash MMO back when it was announced in 2007 (I think?) and was anticipated for release in 2008, I think we even got a beta…

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Ongoing Rebirth Of Mythos, Euro Beta Now

Of all the ill-fated games of recent years that I have been surprised to see live again, Mythos comes close to top of the list. When Flagship spiraled into bankruptcy it looked like the game would go down with them, but it turns out that companies such as HanbitSoft, Red Bana, and Frogster had other ideas. Over the past year the game has slowly come…

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Mythos Edges Ever Closer

The rebirth of Mythos - the splendid Fate-like MMO originally created to stress-test the Hellgate: London servers - still doesn't have a release date, but is looking ever-more concrete. Travis Baldree's game was the surprising highlight of Flagship Studios, before he went on to create the happiness that was Torchlight. Then it was all swallowed up in the ugly mess of Flagship's collapse, and the…

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Mythos Does The Lazarus Thing

The greatest tragedy about the closure of Flagship last year - apart from a ton of good people losing their jobs, of course - was not the loss of dreary demon-basher Hellgate: London, but of the promising free-to-play Diablolike Mythos. Ditching the subscription fee was a dangerous experiment for Flagship, but Bill Roper and co never got to see if it worked. However, their sometime…

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Mythosbusters

And so the great Flagship saga/farce continues. The long-running Mythos beta closed down suddenly on Friday, with no word of when it'll return, in either beta or release form. Boo. Whichever lost souls are still haunting Flagship's corridors attempted to make light of what's officially and optimistically being termed "a hiatus": We, the ancient elders of Uld are issuing this warning to all citizens and…

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Flagship At Half-Mast But Still Afloat

Those of us hoping for a fairytale ending to the snowballing Flagship Studios saga aren't going to get one. But we do get one of those ambiguous movie endings where whether the hero lives or dies after the credits roll depends on the viewer's rationalisation/wishful thinking. Yes, a weird story gets weirder: despite reports of their demise since Friday, the troubled studio behind Hellgate: London…

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Bloodbath at Flagship?

What on Earth's going on with Flagship Studios? The short answer is it's not entirely clear yet. But some newsmen are claiming that the creators of Hellgate: London, and the forthcoming Mythos, are shutting up shop, with the ownership and IP of both games transferring elsewhere. Blimey. How did it come to this?

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Flagship: “We ended up rushing Hellgate”

I recently had a bit of a chinwag with Flagship COO Max Schaefer for Eurogamer. Primarily it's about free MMO Mythos, a game they sound supremely confident about: "Can we take down the big boys? I think we can take down some of them. And I'd like to put a dent in the others." He's also remarkably honest about its similarities to Diablo and WoW,…

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Eurogamer: Mythos

Half the planet might be getting its knickers of skeleton slaying +1 in a twist about whether or not Blizzard will announce Diablo 3 this weekend, but it's worth remembering we won't be left starving of slick, hacky-slashy action-RPG treats if it isn't. I've been tooling around in the Mythos beta lately, and Eurogamer have given me enough jelly beans to coax a preview out…

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Mythos: Open Beta Coming Soon

I've really rather enjoyed what I've played of Mythos. It's still a closed beta, so I'm not entirely sure what's appropriate to say. It's been in closed beta for about 240 years now, originally developed as a stress test for Hellgate's servers, and quickly evolving into its own distinct self. In fact, it bears pretty much nothing in common with Hellgate, beyond the spanners. It's…

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Whose Orc Is It Anyway?

Confused. Trying to play two MMOs at once really divides a man's loyalties, not to mention totally messes with his ability to memorise hotkeys. My muscle memory is going haywire, tapping controls that do nothing or inadvertantly cause the usage of some precious potion I'd been saving for an emergency. I'll have to be brief about both MMOs, as one I'm under NDA for, the…

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