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Mythos beta closes down

That's a bit more than a "bump", Max.

Following last week's announcement that Flagship Studios had made all staff redundant and closed down development, the beta test of its anticipated free MMO Mythos has gone offline.

The game's servers shut down late on Friday. Although it's officially only a "hiatus", the situation at the developer makes Mythos' future look very uncertain. There are reports that it will be picked up by Korea's HanbitSoft, which will develop it internally.

"Despite this bump in the road, I think we've succeeded wildly," said executive producer Max Shaefer in a post on the game's forums, just before they too were taken offline. "This is undoubtedly the best game community I've ever seen."

At the moment it's unknown what form Mythos will take if it ever re-emerges. We really enjoyed our recent time on the beta, so we'll be keeping fingers crossed.

The future of Flagship's other game, Hellgate: London, also hangs in the balance. Flagship is no longer taking new subscribers for it, or billing existing ones, but the servers are still live at time of writing.