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BioWare Hit With Layoffs



BioWare has announced that it will be laying off an undisclosed number of employees as it hands over the ongoing development of Star Wars: The Old Republic to the team at Broadsword. The news of the switch in developers has left the community with mixed feelings. While the game never reached the level of popularity of World of Warcraft, many Star Wars fans have called The Old Republic their home for years, living out their Star Wars fantasies as a Sith Lord, Smuggler, or Bounty Hunter. With the transfer, it feels like the fantasy is being put on life support.

The agreement between Electronic Arts and Broadsword Online allows BioWare to focus completely on Dragon Age and Mass Effect, while still providing The Old Republic players with a steady stream of content. Broadsword is led by former Mythic Entertainment co-founder Mark Denton, who also worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic in its early days. Although the new development team is expected to be made up of about half of the former BioWare crew, it has been rumored that not all of the developers will be making the move.

In a recent blog post by General Manager Gary McKay and Executive Producer Keith Kanneg, it was confirmed that BioWare would be laying off some of its developers from The Old Republic team. The rest will either be reassigned to work on Mass Effect and Dragon Age or transferred to Broadsword Online Studios. While layoffs are always concerning, they shouldn’t hinder the continued support of The Old Republic. With Dragon Age: Dreadwolf aiming for a Summer 2024 release, the new team members should help the game reach all remaining development milestones.

Keith Kanneg is among the leadership transferring to Broadsword, which should ensure stability and consistency in Game Update 7.4 and beyond. While The Old Republic has enjoyed several expansions over its decade-long history, the content packs have gotten smaller, and the community is worried that the new team at Broadsword Online Games will continue the trend rather than reverse it. While the immediate reaction among The Old Republic fans is bleak, it is ultimately a better option than discontinuing development altogether.

The long-term future of The Old Republic may be uncertain, but Dragon Age: Dreadwolf and the next Mass Effect title will certainly receive a significant boost from the developers who stay within the company. Those who will be transferring to Broadsword will receive adequate support to ensure a seamless transition. Unfortunately, some BioWare developers are being let go, but hopefully, they will find gainful employment with relative ease.

Source: BioWare (via IGN)

BioWare is letting go of an undisclosed number of employees, as it moves the ongoing development of Star Wars: The Old Republic to the team at Broadsword. When the news hit that The Old Republic was switching developers, the community felt conflicted. Though it never reached the height of World of Warcraft‘s popularity, Star Wars fans made the vast galaxy in The Old Republic their home for many years. The game allowed them to live out their Star Wars fantasy – be it as a Dark Lord of the Sith, a hotshot Smuggler, or a ruthless Bounty Hunter – and now it felt like that fantasy was being put on life support.


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The agreement established between Electronic Arts and Broadsword Online allows BioWare to focus on Dragon Age and Mass Effect in a full capacity, while still providing The Old Republic players with a steady stream of content. Broadsword is led by former Mythic Entertainment co-founder Mark Denton, who also worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic in its early days. Though the new development team is projected to be made up from half of its former BioWare crew, it was rumored that not all the developers would be making the move.

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In a new blog post by General Manager Gary McKay and Executive Producer Keith Kanneg, it was indeed confirmed that BioWare would be laying off some of its developers from The Old Republic team. The rest will either be reassigned to work on Mass Effect and Dragon Ageor be transferred to Broadsword Online Studios. While layoffs are always concerning to read about, it shouldn’t hinder the continued support of The Old Republicand given that Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is eyeing a Summer 2024 release, its new team members should help the game reach all remaining development milestones.

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As for the longterm future of Star Wars: The Old RepublicKeith Kanneg is among the leadership transferring to Broadsword, which will hopefully ensure stability and consistency in Game Update 7.4 and beyond. Though The Old Republic has enjoyed several expansions over the course of its decade-long history, the content packs have gotten smaller, and the community is worried that the team at Broadsword Online Games will continue the trend rather than reverse it. As bleak as the immediate reaction is among The Old Republic fans, it is ultimately a better option than discontinuing development altogether.

Dragon Age: Dreadwolf and the next Mass Effect title will certainly receive a significant boost from The Old Republic developers that stay within the company, while those who will be transferring to Broadsword will receive adequate support to ensure a seamless transition. The unfortunate reality of the situation is that some BioWare developers are being let go, but one can hope that they will find gainful employment with relative ease.

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Source: BioWare (via IGN)

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