Mytheon returns to life as a B2P title

Mytheon, a Greek mythology-themed MMO developed by Petroglyph, had an unusually short run as a live game, lasting only from March through July of 2011 before being shut down due to an insufficient playerbase. Now it’s back — and with a new business model.

Petroglyph has retooled the game and put it on Steam as a buy-to-play title (it’s currently on sale for just $4), with possible plans to finish up a chunk of Egyptian content for the future. Mytheon is notable for its isometric viewpoint and its use of a deck-building system for combat.

The studio explained its strategy in giving Mytheon a second lease at life: “Our design team spent the last few weeks readjusting the leveling curve, added features that made player progression much easier, and took all of the purchasable items and placed them into the random loot tables. We think the result is a good balance between challenging content and reasonable effort to progress though the content. And, since the servers don’t cost much to operate, we’re able to keep the cost really low for our players.”

Source: Steam via MMOs.com. Thanks to Enikuo for the tip!
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Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

Would love to see Tabula Rasa come back as a buy to play title . I’m sure there could still be life in the old dog yet .

Deathage
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Deathage

Just picked it up on a whim. Its cool! And actually takes a bit of thought rather early on (post lvl 5). I’d say I’ve already gotten my $4 worth, and I may have to drag a couple of my jaded PoE friends into it.

If you’re on the fence about it: definitely worth the cheap buy (get it now before the price jumps 20% from $3.99 to a whopping $4.99!!!)

Captain Electric
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Captain Electric

Oh, wow, the memories, the feels, the awesomeness. I named one of my City of Heroes characters Stonecaster in honor of this game. I followed Mytheon’s development forever, got into Closed Beta, continued on through Open Beta, and then shared in the small but passionate community’s remorse when the game pulled a Hindenburg.
No, it’s not the absolute best game I’ve ever played, but it did earn a spot among the most unique and memorable. Part ARPG, part RTS, part Pox Nora, this mythological romp scratched enough of my itches all at once, in a way that no game has since.
Mytheon is an instant buy for me; early reviews are saying they’ve done a good job of retooling it for B2P co-op, as well as single play.
I’m also taking its re-release as Petroglyph’s apology. There was far more involved with Mytheon’s shuttering than its small playerbase, not the least of which was a lucrative offer to develop End of Nations, which led Petroglyph’s staff to abandon deadline after deadline for Mytheon’s then-publisher, until that publisher brought on the lawyers. I have no idea how Petroglyph ended back up with the rights (they’re listed as the publisher and developer on Steam). I was very upset and swore Petroglyph off at the time; a bitter end, considering they’d also developed one of my all-time favorite games, Earth & Beyond, in their previous incarnation as Westwood Games.
But, time to let bygones be bygones, I’ve got a game to play.

ChristopherPierce
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ChristopherPierce

I liked this game quite a bit back in the day, but I cannot remember why. Maybe the deckbuidling stuff…?

DahkohtLewin
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DahkohtLewin

For 4 bucks a pop , will likely grab a few keys and send them out to friends to do the same.

Vexmaiden
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Vexmaiden

I used to love this game, had forgotten about it completely though. Glad to see it’s back!

Enikuo
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Enikuo

I would love for it to become a trend for developers to retool and re-release their games as B2P. Probably not worth the cost in most cases, but I can think of a few other games I’d love to have back like this.

agemyth
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agemyth

Aww, guess Justin has to scrap that MMO Archaeologist draft he had for Mytheon.
I feel like Petroglyph have had just terrible luck in getting something they could call a “hit”. For being founded by Westwood people, I would have thought they would have hit bigger by now. They have made a bunch of games and they have had a fair amount get cancelled or otherwise run out of funding.
They had their f2p moba, End of Nations the “MMORTS”, and made some good Star Wars strategy games back in the day. Mytheon returning in 2015 is very strange and interesting. I look forward to seeing new footage.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Oh boy, this game’s super janky. We had fun laughing though.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Saw this this morning and thought about sending a tip in lol. Cool to see a company realize they make more money off of a low-priced all-inclusive B2P game than a dead former F2P one. I hope it gives some other companies ideas. Hubs and I are giving it a shot, why not?

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

For $4 it’s worth trying out for me.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Sorenthaz Pretty much that on top of being heavily instanced. It’s a trippy looking little game.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

So what type of game is it?  Can’t view the steam page ’cause work blocks it.  :(

Damonvile
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Damonvile

I was looking at this game last night and it looks neat. I may round up some of my deadbeat friends and try it out.

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