Remember that TV show that was previewed at this year’s E3 called Mythic Quest? We didn’t think so.
E3 2019 has come and gone, and with it came a bevy of new game announcements, remade game announcements, and just general announcements to convince everyone that Bethesda hadn’t completely jumped the shark (but don’t worry, that day is coming).
Along with all the gaming-related news came a single 4-minute spot of television news, which seemed a little out of place.
During Ubisoft’s E3 presentation, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney walked on stage to reveal his next big project: Mythic Quest.
It’s not a game. In fact, it’s a comedy show about game development, named after the fictional game that the fictional studio is developing. McElhenney plays Ian Grimm, the creative director for the so far nameless studio as it’s about to release its first major expansion called Raven’s Banquet.
The 2-minute trailer serves as both an introduction to Mythic Quest as well as a brief taste of the show’s humor. Mythic Quest is the biggest MMORPG the world has ever seen (even bigger than World of Warcraft, if you can imagine that) and seems to portray a fantasy universe of knights and dragons and whatever. Behind the scenes is an egomaniac Grimm who somehow managed to take an advertisement for the game and make it about himself, including a shot where McElhenney just stands there without a shirt.
So expect office humor, nerd jokes, and egos large enough to pop like a balloon.
This all sounds fine and dandy, but we have… concerns. Game development isn’t exactly a topic that even gamers understand all that well, so some of the jokes might fall flat even for their intended audience. And for everyone else, the subject of games just isn’t all that compelling.
On the other hand, Mythic Quest isn’t going to be a big cable TV show like Sunny. It will release on Apple TV at some point, with much of Sunny’s writers and Ubisoft providing the animation for the fictional game.
The applause following the E3 trailer seemed rather tepid, which leads us to think this show may be quickly forgotten.