EA Shuts Down Warhammer Online Dev Mythic Entertainment

EA has closed down the former MMORPG developer eight years after acquiring it.

Electronic Arts has shut down Warhammer Online and Dark Age of Camelot developer Mythic Entertainment, the company announced today.

"We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fairfax, Virginia, as we concentrate mobile development in our other studio locations," reads an EA statement shared with GameSpot, confirming a report by Kotaku. "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."

Mythic was founded in 1995 and made a name for itself with MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot, which was released in 2001 and has continued to be supported ever since. In 2006, Electronic Arts acquired the studio and renamed it EA Mythic. It was then set to work on Warhammer Online, which came out in 2008 and quickly attracted 750,000 players--a number which rapidly dropped off, resulting in a shakeup at the studio in 2009 that saw cofounder Mark Jacobs leave the company. Mythic was brought into a new RPG/MMO group along with BioWare, and a year later it was folded into BioWare, being renamed BioWare Mythic in the process. Warhammer Online was taken offline last year after a very brief free-to-play stint.

In recent years, Mythic, once a major developer in the MMO space, shifted its focus to mobile games, developing mobile titles Ultima Online and Dungeon Keeper, the latter of which has been maligned by everyone from fans to original creator Peter Molyneux.

It would appear the decision to shut Mythic down was made quite recently; a job listing for a software engineer position at the studio was posted online less than two weeks ago. It mentions seeking someone interested in "re-defining the RPG Mobile space working on exciting, genre defining IP."

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dalethfc
dalethfc

I HOPE They Let BioWare create what it's good at. Damn Good Games.

NWN:OCIs still played and modded as is DA:OC DA2 was where EA shoved it's Greedy mitts into it and caused a mess.

many Bioware gamers went mad at them for it. So the DLC made a slight improvement. EA Messed up the END of ME.

Greed Forcing an Ending to roll it out.

I REALLY hope that DA3 is as good as it seems it could be. I want BioWare to keep producing Quality games. As they are still the top RPG producer.

I just wish that SWTOR (even though it is great)could have a bit more Bioware in it.

logansnider
logansnider

EA games is the video game company universally despised by most gamers. However, they maintain a rather consistent 60% market share of the industry through their numerous owned developers. Thus, it is nearly impossible to buy a game without the EA logo. IF most people could buy a videogame without the EA name attached to it, they would. Unfortunately, for them their wide variety of developers releasing a wide variety of titles keeps them afloat because they can always afford to cherry pick crowds. Honestly, I find it rather strange that nobody has filed an anti-trust suit against them because of their business practices.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Another one bites the dust.

joshcrosby_161
joshcrosby_161

Does this mean I cant play DAOC anymore? even though I payed a month for it?

seanwil545
seanwil545

So much dislike for EA, yet people still buy their games...and scurry to do so.

The last EA Published game I bought was Crysis, after it had been out roughly 5 years and before I knew how sour EA had turned.

thorn3000
thorn3000

after April 2014 new fiscal year starts and costs have to be cut to make a nice budget

blackothh
blackothh

Another Dev bites the dust to make way for garbage mobile pay per minute games.

DirkXXVI
DirkXXVI

It's funny how EA is constantly talking about ways they're going to make money yet it seems the only way they ever make a profit is by cutting costs after bleeding IP's they use as cash cows dry.  They add NOTHING to this industry.  I'd argue that their last genuine contribution to the industry was during their short lived Dead Space/Mirrors Edge phase.  


Please EA, sell off all your assets to companies who actually give a damn, buy a yacht and retire on an island somewhere far away.  If all you're going to do is complain about rising development costs, botch launches, and purposefully remove basic content and features to resell as microtransactions then you don't need to be here.  


You guys still have yet to grasp basic business concepts seemingly choosing to try and game the system rather then focusing on developing quality products that turn customers into your own personal advocates.  Pay attention to Amazon and Netflix.  Usually when they improve their products and services their stock price goes up.  Is there any wonder why EA is struggling to get back up to $40 per share?

orbit991
orbit991

So add mythic to the EA pile of corpses, whats the list at now, 7-8 kills in the last decade? Waiting for Bioware to die off when they totally brutalize whats left of their ip's

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@orbit991 aquire your competition then destroy it. So you have no competition. its an ancient tactic. Yep its grose.


WWE did it with WCW. UFC did it with Strikeforce.

blackothh
blackothh

@orbit991 bioware already died, its just a shell with puppets in the windows.

Slyster1181
Slyster1181

Mythic made some amazing games. Many people know about Dark Age of Camelot but their other online games like Magestorm ( best FPS ever imo! Was based around mages and magic instead of guns ) , Spellbinder , Splatterball ( paintball ) , Godzilla Online .. and many more were some of the top games in their genres for a long time. To say they are just known for DAoC is a slap in the face to them.


If EA wants to start shutting down dev houses they need to start with Tiburon. They havent made a good football game in a decade. Get rid of that trash studio first.


Mythic bit off more than they could chew with Warhammer.. They didnt have the funds to finish the game so they had to sell to someone. I dont think that Warhammer would have been any better since the world design was bad from the start but it didnt help to have EA pushing it on.

hystavito
hystavito

@Slyster1181 Never heard of Godzilla Online, I just looked it up quickly, seems pretty unique.  Like having a reporter class :), weird.

Slyster1181
Slyster1181

@hystavito @Slyster1181 It was pretty neat. You would actually film the other players fighting which would give you experience. It was the easiest class the level up. The soldier class would get the standard machine gun and grenade launcher and the baby godzilla class could spit ( acid I think ) , bite and eat fish that were scattered around the arena which would make your character grow and gain damage and health.


Very fun.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

EA shuts something down oh my that never happens (sarcasm)

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

It's a shame. I spent so much time on Dark Age of Camelot. I'd lead a ton of raids on the Albion Dragon, even had players from Midgard and Hibernia camp out near and watch. 


I wasn't much of a PVP guy though but the RvR system was a fantastic experience. There was so much to do. You could spend a whole day sieging keeps for a relic or you could simply organize a ninja raid at 3 in the morning. 


Mark actually had a pretty successful kickstarter for Camelot Unchained so maybe he can find some talent after this fold happened. Never quite found a replacement for DAoC. Warhammer didn't feel right, WoW was good but got too convoluted, and Tera has a fantastic PvE system but the PvP system feels too linear.

Leykis
Leykis

@RicanV I remember the Dragon raids fondly. Good times!

Topology
Topology

@RicanV DAoC is still a thing, you know, so you can always go back.  Another studio took over management of DAoC and UO, so they'll still be operating for the foreseeable future.

Raditz5
Raditz5

Daoc just took NF changes that IMO are going to kill whoever was left, that game is going to be shut down soon mark my words.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

By this point Mythic has been gutted beyond recognition, the real Mythic died a long time ago. RIP

Melchior111
Melchior111

EA cannibalises another studio.

So... who's next? Make your bets!

everbodypanic
everbodypanic

@Kooken58 

The top Mythic devs from the DAoC era formed a new subsidary called "ZeniMax Online Studios". Their first game was the Elder Scrolls Online.

http://www.zenimaxonline.com/faq.html

Before ZeniMax Online Studios, they formed a subsidary called "BioWare Austin". Their first and only game from that studio was Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I don't really care that EA shut down Mythic, because Mythic is overrated to begin with.

bernard978
bernard978

EA buys the best just to die with the rest.

ghost140
ghost140

Another one bites the dust.

snugglebear
snugglebear

On a COMPLETELY unrelated note: anyone want to buy a Collector's Edition of W:AR? Very cheap. 

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

What I read was

Mythic failed to make a succesful mobile game, so they shut them down and are now forcing other studios to make mobile games.

nameaprice
nameaprice

@Mr_Big_Boss if you dont produce anything that makes money, on ANY platform, ya done son, period.

ANGRYWOLF
ANGRYWOLF

A few months back some less than astute player on the BSN tried to argue with me about EA. He claimed EA wouldn't close down any of its studios even after I mentioned Westwood.

Now another.

Not a big surprise to me.I expect to see EA close other studios in the not too distant future.

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

Wow.... DAOC was my first MMO experience back when I built my first computer in early 2001. I still have the original box and full poster that came with it and I still have it hanging on my wall!


It completely took over my life back then. I had so many great gaming memories on and offline with playing at my local LAN parties as several guys played it and we had mini LAN at guys houses when we would go into "Darkness Falls" or do raids on the keeps. 


*Sniff*  Such good first MMO gaming times, some of the best i've ever had. I laughed, I cried, I lost my temper many times, I attended a few funerals and even a wedding. Such awesome gaming memories.... until EA ruined it by buying out Mythic many years ago. 

Kooken58
Kooken58

@rexpowercolt same here, It was my First MMO. Such an amazing game, pumped more hours into it than I ever DiD WoW and it kept me subbed.  The day mythic announced EA would be purchasing them, I knew it was all going to go downhill from there.  EA should just give the rights away to a company that actually cares for the state of the game. Make it free to play or something...Id gladly still play it without a sub fee or something. It has aged well.

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

@Kooken58 Fvcking hate EA even more, so much has been ruined by them....

zyxahn
zyxahn

@rexpowercolt  I'll add me to that list as well.  My first mmo.  I remember pllaying at church Sunday morning and running out the back so I could play Dark Age.  I'd come back at night and they were like where were you we needed you to play at the end of the service.  Doh !  Loved it.  Still have the original big box, I still love those and poster.  The expansion little boxes and all of the hint guides and map books.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

so, thats what EA does. She drains the studio, and when all the deadlines and demands result in crappy games they shut down the studio as if it was the studio's fault.

Stiler
Stiler

Ah EA, buying Mythic and now sending it off to the great beyond, just like they did with Westwood, Origin, and most recently the Burnout developers.

It sucks that Mark Jacobs (the lead guy behind DAOC), who is working on a kickstarted mmorpg (Camelot Unchained) tried to actually BUY the rights to DAOC from EA a short time ago and was shot down. 

So what's the point now? Not like they are going to do anything with it.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@Stiler It doesn't matter. As long as they keep others from using the DAOC brand. This is what its all about.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@Stiler Really? I did not know that.  If Mark Jacobs was able to get ahold of it, maybe he could of brought some new life into it. Why does EA even want to keep ahold of a game they didnt even make in the first place?


Also I find it ironic that a term Mark Jacobs coined "RVR" he can't even use for his new game...because EA has reserved the copyrights for it.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

"We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fairfax, Virginia, as we concentrate mobile development in our other studio locations"

And hopefully this will be your path to complete and total bankruptcy.

PLEASE keep making more farcical BS like Dungeon Keeper for mobile.

It will only quicken your demise.

masakijoe
masakijoe

Another studio killed by EA. I'm so glad that EA did not buy Rockstar.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@masakijoe 

Just imagine the DLC and Microtransaction schemes that would have befallen GTA if that had happened.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

EA buys companies, runs them into the ground, and then puts all the talent in the unemployment line after they shut them down.


Stop buying from and supporting this company.


If THEY are forced to shut down, the gaming industry will be far better off.


If we continue to enable them, things are only going to get worse.


What do they have to do to prove they don't deserve to continue, and should not receive another dime of your money?


It's astonishing.

SacredVega
SacredVega

@TheWatcher000 The first one to make the move is the developers, they should know that if EA wants to buys them they must consider the risk of getting shut down in the near future, in fact they should never get caught by EA or they we'll destroy their studio instead of making it better.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

That said, Mythic deserved to be destroyed for what they did to Ultima and Dungeon Keeper.  On EA's order, but still - those were absolute disgraces.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@Thanatos2k the mythic of today is barely a shadow of its former self. Shouldn't of even called it mythic, considering all the great minds behind the development team are long gone.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Another once great studio driven into the ground, executed, and dumped in a gutter by EA.


Stop buying games from this company.