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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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42. Re: The Old Republic EP Leaves; Other Staff Cuts? Jul 17, 2012, 21:33 Jivaro
I hope they do go F2P....I dig quite a bit of the game.

My issue is giving them money. Not because I feel like I should get the game for free, but because I feel like that would be positive reinforcement. They have made so many horrible and short-sighted decisions during beta and after release. I will be the first one to admit that 1.2 and 1.3 were improvements, but the priorities of the developers are not the same as the player base. They were improvements in areas that needed improvement...but not the ones that the vast majority of customers seemed to be asking for. If you are going to improve areas of the game that aren't exactly at the top of the customer wish list, then they better be "stand out, blow my fucking socks off, holy shit this is better then a blow job!!" type of stuff. We got Sith Jedi.

To really turn the dagger...the server merging has been handled as if chimps are making the decisions using darts and labeled balloons. When your pre-order customers who are being "asked" to transfer lose their character names to some level 10 "trial" customer, you are doing it wrong.
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