Electronic Arts is working to streamline its mobile development by closing another studio. This time, instead of closing social-focused Playfish, EA is ending a studio that has been involved in a lot of big titles. Mythic Entertainment, creators of Dungeon Keeper and Warhammer Online and MMO pioneers of The Dark Age of Camelot, is closed.
According to a statement from EA,
We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fairfax, Va., 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.
While it is nice that EA is working to find the affected employees new jobs, it is always disappointing when a 20-year-old studio closes. It is especially disappointing when that studio has been involved in projects early in the life of a genre. Unfortunately, it was to be expected when their mobile adaptations of Dungeon Keeper and Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar were such big flops. Peter Molyneux even attacked the franchise he created by saying the new version was just an EA pay-to-win title.
Hopefully everyone in the employ of the studio in Fairfax, Virginia will find new work. As for those titles, however, hopefully they will be let to disappear into the EA failure vault.