Mythos (video game)

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Mythos
Developer(s) Flagship Studios
Publisher(s)
Designer(s) Travis Baldree
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) In open beta as of 2 February 2012
Genre(s) Action RPG, MMORPG
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Distribution Download

Mythos is a multiplayer role-playing video game that was originally under development by Flagship Studios Seattle, a subdivision of Flagship Studios, a video game company composed largely of ex-Blizzard North employees who were lead producers of the Diablo series. Due to financial issues at Flagship Studios, Flagship Seattle was subsequently dissolved, leaving the intellectual property rights in the hands of the Korean game company HanbitSoft.[1] HanbitSoft's corporate partners will continue to develop Mythos for a planned release in South Korea and North America.[2]

Mythos is similar in style to Diablo, utilizing a similar interface and perspective, extensive map and item randomization, and a high fantasy setting. Its development was led by Travis Baldree, creator of the action RPG FATE, now a co-founder of Runic Games.

Development history[edit]

Flagship Studios (2006-mid-2008)[edit]

Originally codenamed "Project Tugboat," the game started as a networking technology test for Flagship Studios' multiplayer game Hellgate: London.[3] By late 2006, the test project had grown into an independent game scheduled for a separate release. Its development was led by Travis Baldree and a newly formed Seattle offshoot of Flagship which remained largely separate from the development of Hellgate.[4][5] Mythos was built upon the same core engine and technology that Hellgate: London used.[6]

Starting in 2007, the game had been in an ongoing closed beta testing stage, with an open beta expected in mid-2008.[7] However, on July 19, 2008 it was announced that due to continuing financial hardships at Flagship Studios, Mythos would be going on hiatus, and the beta closed shortly thereafter. The company laid off most of its employees, and the development of Mythos was suspended. Almost immediately after Flagship's closing, the entire Flagship Seattle team responsible for Mythos (consisting of 14 people including lead designer Travis Baldree and executive producer Max Schaefer) formed Runic Games and began development of a new game named Torchlight.[1]

Hanbitsoft (mid-2008-present)[edit]

The intellectual property and game assets of Mythos moved into the ownership of South Korean MMO publisher HanbitSoft. In May 2009, Hanbitsoft released a statement on its Korean-language website revealing that parent company T3 Entertainment and T3's subsidiary Redbana are continuing development of Mythos. Included on the site is a message from a designer identified as "Alboos" who states that they are restructuring Mythos to make it "more suited as an online game."[8] In August 2009, Redbana/T3 launched an English-language Mythos website with a closed beta registration form. On December 1, 2009, Redbana began occasional daily updates via the Mythos "teaser" website.[9] On April 1, 2011, Mythos began sending out closed beta keys, on April 12, 2011, Mythos began the open beta. While the planned release date is April 28, 2011, those who purchased the box version will get a 2 day head-start which will start April 26, 2011.

On October 19, 2011, Frogster announced they would discontinue the game in Europe. Those servers officially closed October 27, 2011. On Feb 2, 2012, T3 launched the open beta test for mythos global.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Suzie Ford (2008-08-11). "WarCry Interviews Runic Games' Travis Baldree". WarCry Network. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Redbana HanbitSoft Announcement". Redbana. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-04-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ Jason Beck (2008-09-15). "From the Ashes of Mythos: The Art of Torchlight". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  4. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (2006-12-14). "Flagship establishes Seattle satellite studio". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  5. ^ Callaham, John (2007-03-21). "Mythos Interview". FiringSquad.com. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  6. ^ Gabe Graziani (2007-07-02). "Previews: Mythos". GameSpy. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  7. ^ Charles Onyett (2008-04-15). "Mythos First Look". IGN. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  8. ^ Leigh Alexander (2009-05-07). "HanbitSoft Reboots Flagship's Mythos". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  9. ^ Leigh Alexander (2009-12-01). "Redbana Reveals Progress On Mythos Reboot". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2009-12-23.