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EA shuts down Mythic Entertainment

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Electronic Arts has confirmed that Mythic Entertainment is no more. Founded in 1995, Mythic was acquired by EA in 2006 and renamed to EA Mythic, but reverted to its original name shortly thereafter. It was also known as BioWare Mythic for awhile, before assuming its original name once again in late 2012.

"We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fairfax, Virginia, as we concentrate mobile development in our other studio locations," an EA representative said in a statement. "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 is best known for the MMOs Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, which closed at the end of last year , but in recent years the studio moved to free-to-play and mobile game development. Its last release was the poorly-received free-to-play iOS title Dungeon Keeper, which came out in October 2013 and currently boasts a Metacritic rating of just 42/100. It's not a great note to go out on, but EA did say that the game will "continue to be serviced" under the guidance of a new team.

The number of employees affected by the closure was not revealed.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.