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The Old Republic EP Leaves; Other Staff Cuts?

Rich Vogel has left BioWare, where he was serving as executive producer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, reports Gamasutra, where they say their attempts to get a comment from BioWare or EA on the reasons for this have so far been unsuccessful. They also say this news comes amid rumors of layoffs at BioWare Austin, but it is not clear whether these reports of job losses at the developer of the Star Wars MMORPG are related to the cuts announced in May, though Gamasutra adds it "understands that Vogel's departure preceded the purported layoffs." Thanks Joao.

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31. Re: The Old Republic EP Leaves; Other Staff Cuts? Jul 17, 2012, 19:48 HorrorScope
Beelzebud wrote on Jul 17, 2012, 17:47:
I don't really disagree with any of that RollinThundr. Bioware was starting to produce watered down stuff before the buyout. My only point of contention with what you said about Blizzard is that the relaxed management style from their early parent company is what empowered them to produced those classic games, and turned Blizzard into a billion dollar company.

Since the merger, they don't seem to have that same mindset. Look no further than Diablo 3. Issues with the RMAH aside, they were showing off the PVP section of the game years ago, and always said it was in the game. The old Blizzard never would have released Diablo 3 until all of the parts were ready to go. Hell they used to throw out entire games because they weren't living up to the quality of their brand, one of those throw aways being a version of Diablo 3.

It's no coincidence that these companies are all stagnating after selling out to large corporate interests, when Valve is humming right along with a relaxed management attitude, and still putting out classics.

If a game company has management with no real passion for games, you get shit.

Yup to all of that.
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