Mythic Entertainment, developers of Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online, joins the ranks of some other famed developers acquired by EA, such as Kesmai, Westwood Studios, and Origin Systems, in being shut down.
I have, over the years, written my share about various MMOs coming and going, including the demise of Mythic’s own Warhammer Online. But a studio being zeroed out, at least one that still has an MMO running and being updated, is a tale much more rare. Of course, given EA’s past actions, the closure of Warhammer Online back in December, and the general revulsion over the nature of the studio’s final project, the despised mobile platform Dungeon Keeper reboot, this move was probably a surprise to few.
Mythic Entertainment is survived by its creation, Dark Age of Camelot, which was announced back in February would be maintained, along with Ultima Online, under contract by an independent studio, Broadsword.
Mark Jacobs, the founder of Mythic, has since started up a new studio, City State Entertainment, which just last year funded its Camelot Unchained MMO project through Kickstarter and, more recently, added Brian “Pyschochild” Green to its ranks. That makes Brian’s We all need Camelot Unchained to Succeed post from last year all the more poetic I suppose.
I hope those left at what remained of Mythic find their way to new opportunities soon.
Addendum: Words from Mark Jacobs about the closure.