Today, EA announced that it has shuttered Mythic Entertainment. The studio originally created the MMO Dark Age of Camelot
before being acquired by EA during development of Warhammer Online
. Most recently, it developed the controversial Dungeon Keeper
reboot for smartphones.
EA provided this statement to Gamasutra regarding the studio's closure:
"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."
It is unclear how many staffers were affected. EA's spokesperson said it is company policy not to disclose headcount for studios or teams.
Mythic Entertainment released the early 2000s MMO hit Dark Age of Camelot
; EA acquired the studio
in 2006, as it worked on Warhammer Online
. That game shut down
late last year.
Most recently, the studio had developed mobile titles for EA, including Ultima Forever
and Dungeon Keeper
-- the latter of which was highly controversial
As well as Dark Age of Camelot
, Mythic had also shepherded Ultima Online
after EA shuttered its original developer, Origin. Those games' maintenance was passed on
to Mythic co-founder Rob Denton's Broadsword Online Games this February. Service for Dungeon Keeper
will be transitioning to another team, EA's spokesperson confirmed.