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77. Re: The Old Republic Cancellation Issues; Trailer Jan 19, 2012, 19:12 Mordhaus
The root problem is EA. They have never gotten over the idea of rushing a game to market, with bugs or missing features, then releasing the 'sequel' to the game the next year with those bugs fixed and the promised features added at a full retail price.

You can see this same effect in games released by companies they purchase. Mythic was actually a decent MMO company, they got purchased by EA and then they were forced to rush Warhammer Online to market ahead of schedule. It tanked due to the failed strategy of EA.

Same with Bioware, I mean, look at Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect sequels. Bioware had been kicking around the idea for a MMO version of KoTOR for a while, EA has been trying and failing at MMO's for years so they financed it in the hopes that Bioware could pull it off. However, lack of experience and EA's constant finger in the pie action caused them to start to have doubts about the success. So they merged Mythic with Bioware and decided to start redesigning the game.

It will always be like this with EA. They cannot sit still long enough to let a MMO mature the way it is supposed to without micro-management. They bought Ultima Online after it was pretty much dead and did nothing to make it more popular. They had Westwood produce Earth and Beyond, but it didn't have enough subscribers in the first year so they killed the game and shut down the servers. They bought Mythic and forced them to direct all of their attention to Warcraft Online, forced them to release it early, and paid little to no attention to DAoC since it was old. After destroying Mythic, they bought Bioware and every game Bioware has released since has suffered.

EA simply needs to go back to making yearly sports games and leave actual game designers alone. They fail on every level and run outstanding companies into the ground just so they can make profits on the sequels of the previously good games. When they have sucked all the life out of the good reputation of the companies, they toss them to the side and buy more.
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