Posts Tagged ‘swtor’


Update: 4:00 pm EST – Stream Started
Update: 4:03 pm EST – Dead Space 3 E3 Presentation. Co-op seems to be confirmed. New locations, new characters, and co-op. Feb. 2013
Update: 4:12 pm EST – Madden 13 Announced.
Update: 4:18 pm EST – SimCity Social announced to Facebook.
Update: 4:20 pm EST – SimCity for the PC announced. Multiplayer confirmed.
Update: 4:25 pm EST – Battlefield 3 Premium Announced. Along with DLC.
Update: 4:29 pm EST – Star Wars: The Old Republic – This July, players can play up to level 15 for free and much more. New Worlds, new species to play – Cathar.
Update: 4:32 pm EST – Medal of Honor: Warfighter E3 Gameplay. Frostbite engine is looking extremely nice. Medal of Honor seems to be stealing the show. October 23rd, 2012 release.
Update: 4:41 pm EST – Madden NFL Social, coming in fall and more sports games.
Update: 4:47 pm EST – Fifa 13 Gameplay Trailer.
Update: 4:50 pm EST – UFC and EA sports partnership.
Update: 4:53 pm EST – Need for Speed: Most Wanted [Relaunch.] Gameplay after announcement. Looking good + open world. October 30th, 2012.
Update: 5:00 pm EST – Crysis 3 E3 Announcement and gameplay. Available February 2013.

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In yesterday’s post , I spoke about BioWare’s recent layoffs. A part of those layoffs included the senior online community manager, Stephen Reid, a.k.a. Rockjaw. He spoke out on his twitter account about the rumors of him being a part of the layoffs. Sadly he confirmed:

Today my life’s next chapter starts. Lost track of how many chapters so far… but time to turn the page.
I was one of those affected by layoffs at BioWare Austin yesterday. I got to build an amazing team while I was there, and miss them already.
I’m also going to miss #SWTOR and the community we created. Sure, I know some of you hated me, but hey, I still worked hard for you.
I’ll be Twitter-quiet for a bit, but I’ll be back soon-ish. Doing something, somewhere, and talking about it here. I hope we keep talking.
Last but not least: I was quiet for the last couple of weeks because I was full-on devoted to #SWTOR character transfer. It’s still coming!
Now I’ve got to go, because you don’t want to see a grown man cry on Twitter. Also, I don’t know the emoticon for it.
Don’t lose faith. They’re still devoted to making a great game.
It’s a wide-open space right now. Big, full of possibilities, and scary as hell. Thanks for everything guys.

What does this exactly mean for BioWare Austin’s restructuring plan? How did Stephen Reid fit? Many of these questions may never be answered. All know is: Losing your job is never easy, nor do some employees deserve it. Rest assured, Link Dead Gaming will be covering more of this story on Friday’s Podcast.


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.

Thanks,
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?