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Apple TV comedy Mythic Quest will tackle crunch and other game development woes

Star and producer says difficult issues will feature at core of story

Rob McElhenney holds a shovel over his shoulders in a still from Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
Photo: Rob McElhenney in Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
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Apple TV Plus’ forthcoming comedy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is set to skewer the pretensions of big-budget game development. But according to executive producer Rob McElhenney, it will also tackle serious issues like crunch.

Speaking on a PAX South panel, as reported by USgamer, McElhenney said he wants to portray the real-life stresses of game making.

“To make it feel authentic, we wanted to make sure that we’re capturing those things that studios themselves are really grappling with beyond just the interpersonal dynamics among the employees, but specifically things like crunch,” McElhenney said.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is a half-hour comedy from the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It focuses on a video game developer behind fictional game Mythic Quest. McElhenney stars as narcissistic creative director Ian Grimm.

“When you realize that there are people who are working 60, 70 hours a week to make the games possible, and one of the ramifications of that was the fallout from that and what does that do to the psyche of the employee and individual?” he said, during a Q&A.

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is out on Apple TV Plus on Feb. 7.