Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’

Cue the Imperial March!

Today, Greg Zeschuk announced that some staff has been let go. This comes on the heels of a 400,000 subscription loss. [source]

Greg went on to say in the forums:

 Hey folks, since you’re reading this you may likely have heard that we’ve done some restructuring here on the SWTOR team. Sadly, we are bidding farewell to some talented, passionate and exceptionally hard-working people who helped make SWTOR a reality. Impacting people’s lives this way is always very hard, but we’re ensuring the affected people are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.

Looking back at launch, we all came together and did something historic. We executed one of the largest, most successful and stable launches of any MMO yet in industry history. That is not an easy feat for any development team or company and we are humbled and honored by our fan community’s strong support both at launch and beyond.

Looking forward, the studio remains vibrant and passionate about our many upcoming initiatives for Star Wars: The Old Republic. We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game, and we feel we are in a strong position, with your continued involvement and feedback, to continue to build Star Wars: The Old Republic as one of the most compelling and successful online experiences in the world today. There are many strong initiatives planned for cool new content and new features that we’re excited to tell you about in the upcoming weeks and months.

Rest assured that we remain dedicated to delivering a high quality service in SWTOR to you, our fans, and we will continue to support and grow Star Wars: The Old Republic over the weeks, months and years to come.

Greg and Ray

To be honest this isn’t a surprise; despite calling it ‘restructuring’. When a game loses that many subscribers shortly after launch in December last year, something is most certainly wrong. To make matters worse, new MMOs such as: Guild Wars 2, The Secret World, and TERA — are probably not making it any easier for the Star Wars MMO. What are your thoughts?

(Released Friday, May 11th 2012)
ORIGIN Symposium III

Not Single Playerery

Ever had “one of those weeks”? That seems to have been my week this week…..ALL week. If it was not one thing happening to piss in my Cheerios, it was another. Life need a big, red REDO button, that if things have not gone as you had planned them by Thursday afternoon, without waiting to see how crappy your Friday is going to be, you can just hit the button, and start over again at Monday morning, with a full week ahead of you to figure out how to get it right. I wonder how much R&D I would need in order to create that button? This weeks show was great, with some lively discussion about The Secret World, Guild Wars 2, making the perfect game, or in Chaelura’s place, the perfect hardware vehicle to play the perfect game on, and as usual, a bit of user feedback from our LDG SpecCor Michel. We are getting closer to the big reveal of all the great stuff we have coming your way, so stay tuned true believers!


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In this episode…It’s the end of the world as we know it, Carmageddon, Bioshock takes two steps back, Slavery is a topic that must be addressed, The Secret World is not so secret, Surpirse butt seks, And the Wars in the Stars have a few less people. All of this and more will be covered on Link Dead Gaming. […]


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The multi-facets of EA

The tech company following website Startup Grind confirmed with multiple sources that EA is planning on laying off 500 to 1,000 employees. They were originally slated to happen on April 9th, but were pushed back. EA has suffered this years with games like Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic, whose declining sales and subscriber base has perhaps led to this decision. Estimates put Battlefield 3 sales at 13 million units, but an estimated $30 million in advertising after the game launched caused them to suffer. Star Wars: The Old Republic is estimated to have a declining subscriber base after only selling 3 million units, of which only 1.7 million are still subscribed. Combined with the amount of marketing being done for that game, plus the less than warm reception to the new 1.2 patch, is perhaps causing EA to check their losses.

There are a few other factors to consider. EA CEO John Riccitiello just marked his 5th year back at the helm, but the stock price that has moved from $61 to $16 a share may point to the end of his reign, again. Add to that rival Zynga has been gutting the top EA management, and it seems like a recipe for EA to make a major change.

[Update] EA spoke to MCV and denies laying off anyone. They offered the following comment “There are no lay-offs as such, we always have projects growing and morphing. At any given time there are new people coming in and others leaving. EA is growing and hiring and building teams to support the growing demand for digital games and services.”

What is your take on the story?

(Released FRIDAY, April 13th 2012)

This week saw us getting tons of site visits and audience feedback, and we appreciate every single bit of it.Both myself and Chaelura did a bit of cussing this week, which is usually reserved for Galvion, and he did not do too much of it at all…… Star Wars: The Old Republic released patch 1.2,Mass Effect 3 released the “Resurgence Pack” and Capcom is soon to be releasing a $1300 jacket. We had a blast this week, talked about the news, answered a few questions for the Audience, and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

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In this episode…Bioware cuts PVP, and they hope you like it….The Secret World is Innovative…Bioware perhaps dabbles in false advertising…Capcom STILL wants your money…Crysis 3 has sprung a leak…and Mass Effect 3 resurges. All of this and more will be covered on Link Dead Gaming. […]