EA's New BioWare/Mythic RPG Team-Up on Gamasutra
converses with the BioWare
co-founder about the news of their shotgun wedding with Mythic
. They probe for more clarity than the vague announcement about this
provided, you can judge for yourself whether they succeeded:
Structurally, each of the organizations remains intact. They're working
on the same projects they were working on before, I just have another studio
that reports into me. It's not that BioWare or Mythic is changing; they're
retaining their brands, their unique cultural identities, their projects they
are working on. I'm really excited about what we're doing; we have great people
at each location.
Rather, a new group is being formed that is more of a reporting structure of Rob
Denton, the GM of Mythic; Richard [Vogel] and Gordon [Walton], who already
report to me from [BioWare] Austin; Yannick [Roy], our studio director at
BioWare Montreal, who already reports into me; and then BioWare Edmonton, and I
already manage that studio myself.
It's a collaboration opportunity. Each of the groups continues to make the same
thing in their [own locations]. But it's fuelling and enabling more
communication, collaboration, best practice sharing, encouraging each other to
play each others' games -- but no formal change per se in what anybody's doing.
It's a recognition that there's a lot of synergy between them already. I'm going
to make sure everyone at each location knows who the others are, and their
comparable roles, and to make sure they talk.