The Old Republic lead designer quits BioWare?

Tweets claiming to be from Daniel Erickson indicate longtime Electronic Arts developer and Star Wars MMO creative director looking for new work.

It appears BioWare is facing even more high-level turnover. Tweets from a newly created account claiming to be BioWare lead designer and creative director Daniel Erickson suggest he has left the development team on Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Erickson will not have a hand in The Old Republic's future, it seems.

Rumor of Erickson's departure from BioWare's Austin, Texas branch were sparked in September when the developer updated his LinkedIn page to say he was "actively looking for new opportunities."

An Electronic Arts representative was not immediately available for comment.

If true, Erickson joins a host of other longtime BioWare staffers to have left the company recently. BioWare Austin cofounder, producer, and vice president Richard Vogel left the company in July, and is now heading up new Bethesda outfit Battlecry Studios.

Additionally, BioWare founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka announced their retirement from the company last month. This followed a restructuring of BioWare Austin in May, which may have cut as many as 200 staffers from the studio.

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144 comments
xcollector
xcollector

Not surprising. At least BioWare lasted longer then Pandemic Studios. Time to move on.

ottumatic
ottumatic

Since when does Agent 47 works for Bioware?

vackillers
vackillers

Another one bites the dust.. might aswell just go start a new developer studio the amount that are leaving bioware at this point...

RBRTR0NZX
RBRTR0NZX

You never know, something good might come from everyone we know leaving Bioware. They're games have become state regardless of the Producer.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Tortanic...

  ...under the sea

  ...under the sea

  ...under the sea

makryu
makryu

It was fast. Bioware went down the drain very quickly. EA bought it to develop TOR. When it failed, everything started falling apart. I can't help but ask myself: are the founders happy? Was it worth it? Or should they have remained independent and still have a legacy to talk about 10 years from now instead of being forgotten as will certainly be the case?

chaosbrigade
chaosbrigade

EA kills another developer once again. 

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Everyone is jumping Bioware ship these days.

torres_unix
torres_unix

I see nothing to worry, these talented designers and programmers will start new companies that will hold to the same principles and quality as the companies they had started prior to being absorbed by EA.

darkvaper
darkvaper

First they screwed up with SWG , now they wanna screw Star Wars: The Old Republic .. looks like someone hates starwars MMOs !! i think starwars would make the perfect MMO , if given to the right developers .

Riddick123
Riddick123

 @rasterror 

Wasn't KOTOR slated to be KOTOR 3 at first?  Either way, sad to see them go.

skyklg
skyklg

sad.. really loved bioware's work.

The_Last_Ride
The_Last_Ride

come on Bioware, you can't keep letting all of your people go

toddx77
toddx77

At least we still have Valve and CD Projekt Red.  

Booshon
Booshon

I don't like when things going wrong people are leaving ok you mad a mistake the game didnt go as you expected so stay and work togther to make it better, and don't just leave :(  

 Bioware is going to hire new people with new idea and things just going to be better i think and i hope.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

come on Cliffy B. Bioware seems to be hiring

jhcho2
jhcho2

I guess the rumors were right about EA attributing the failure of Mass Effect 3 ending and subscription rate of SWTOR to the guys at the top

BigFeef
BigFeef

"Who would've thought this would be happening today?" That's what my friend's cousin asked me today. My response: Just about every gamer who has watched EA destroy dev houses in the past in exactly the same way.

 

Some of us actually remember the glory days of BioWare; not the crap they've been releasing under the EA label. Whenever someone claims that Mass Effect 3 or Dragon Age 2 is BioWare's best game to date; I cringe as something dies inside of me.

Skyrim25
Skyrim25

This is a win for gamers. Let the Devs and publishers know that WE are the backbone of the industry.

 

Even though it may mean the death of a once loved dev thats what it takes to MAKE them listen! 

themightybear66
themightybear66

so first the founders, now this guy......hmmmm EA is doing their homework for the renewal on the year of the worst company!!!

JuggaloZero
JuggaloZero

Well, I'd say BioWare's about to be put on the EA chopping block pretty soon; the company's pretty much been gutted at this point. Another developer I loved has ended up destroyed by EA. Unfortunately, they're running out of big name developers to ruin... I bet you they'll aim their sights on DICE as the next company to drive into the ground.

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

EA has a nasty habit of killing talented development houses.  The major exodus behind Bioware's key staff is just the latest segment of this long chain.  Anybody remember Bullfrog Productions?  Westwood Studios?  Maxis?  Mythic?  EA guts these studios and force them into a creatively-bankrupted environment with their poor business decisions. 

 

As for those who say Bioware should not have sold out to EA, the story is more complicated than that.  EA acquired the Bioware / Pandemic partnership (VG Holding Corp) from its owner Elevation Partners.  Since Bioware / Pandemic was privately held by this equity group, fighting this transition would be difficult to do on Bioware's end.  Needless to say, Bioware is rapidly becoming a shell of its former self.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

This is the next stepping stone on a long sad road of decline.  We'll miss you Bioware.  *sniffle*

deon99
deon99

Bioware is losing people left and right.

tgwolf
tgwolf

I am guessing that this has to do with the nature of working for EA, not Bioware, as that goes...

marcopolo426
marcopolo426

Don't want to be that guy, but I said this will happen when EA/Bioware announced that KOTOR was going mmo. KOTOR3 would have kicked so much ass. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

"Electronic Arts developer and Star Wars MMO creative director looking for new work". Looking at the upper-most picture above, I suggest he pursue a career as Jason Statham's stunt double :P

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Cant blame just EA for this its also BioWare's directors who accepted the deal to be bought out and its them who lead the gamer designers on what projects they have to do and how its run. They are leaving for either better projects or personal reasons simple as that but EA is not to blame here fully

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

Maybe now we can have a real sequel to the Knights of the Old Republic franchise!

 

 

*fingers crossed* :)

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

EA is a lot like the Reapers: they destroy great game companies before they become too big and by doing so allow smaller companies to be able to grow and make great games themselves for a time, then they destroy them before they become too big.

 

EA cannot allow anybody to become as big as them, because then they'd lose money and EA cannot have that.

OldKye
OldKye

 @darkvaper Star Wars:The Old Republic isn't a bad MMO I really enjoyed it when it came out waited years for it and didn't feel it to be a waste, but there's nothing new about it "well it's a mmo" is about all you can say.  Would i play it over WoW? Yes am i playing WoW or SWTOR? No i'm not why would i when Guild wars 2 is just as if not more fun and I don't have to pay a dime each month to enjoy it.

 

$15 a month was fine when nothing else was out so i'd play and play and play tell the game wasn't fun to get my moneys worth, now i can play when i want(this week sure next week i'm busy ex....) and only spend money(if i want some cool toy item or something) when i want too i like it that way some months i spend more than $15 sometimes i wont spend a cent for months at a time.

torres_unix
torres_unix

 @skyklg I'm sure it's not the last we hear of this guy, he's sure to be picked up by a (or start his own) company to continue to develop great ideas.

Elann2008
Elann2008

 @bongsyas_23 

Cliffy B is too good for BioWare.  When the creative director leaves SWTOR and BioWare.. it's pretty obvious where this is going..

Elann2008
Elann2008

 @jhcho2 

Naw, I think BioWare were way over their heads.  Mythic BioWare was never good to begin with anyways..

makryu
makryu

 @Skyrim25 This is completely true. Bioware bastardized itself and is now paying the price. EA, on the other hand, might be questioning whether it was a good move to buy them after all.

Elann2008
Elann2008

 @themightybear66 

More like BioWare f'ed it up. EA gave funding, BioWare's eyes got all big and everything went over their heads.  They couldn't handle the responsibility of putting gamers/customers first.  That's what happens when all people see is money and lose all passion for their craft.

deon99
deon99

 @jimrhurst Sure will.I wonder what there new name would be Maybe Ea ware?

lorenzoa88
lorenzoa88

 @Dav_id83 EA ruins developers.  We see it over and over again.  Agree, that we cannot fully blame them for ruining BioWare.  The founders of BW made the first mistake by agreeing to be bought by EA.  Being owned by EA is basically career suicide if you're a developer.

RogueJedi86
RogueJedi86

 @TruthTellers 

 

Don't act like EA is the sole villain here. These companies accept EA's money to be bought and owned by EA. These companies could easily refuse the money, especially if they're a powerhouse like BioWare.

 

Like I said below, if you make a deal with the devil despite knowing it's the devil, it's your fault for making the deal.

darkvaper
darkvaper

 @OldKye I haven't tried GW2 , i tested Star Wars:The Old Republic and bought the game .. i do enjoy it .. to for me i dont know why it lacks some elements ! 

 

WoW is a great game , in my opinion Wow developers know how to add stuff in the right way and in the right time .. i never get board for there patches and expansion releases ..the game is Phenomenal and so inspiring ! 

 

For sure its better to play a game that doesn't keep draining your wallet like a slot machine .. but if you are paying that amount of money in exchange of great content and high quality serves .. i wont mind ! 

 

My vision to Star Wars:The Old Republic was a bit different from what developers at Bio ware had in mind ! 

toddx77
toddx77

 @torres_unix Gabe Newell said he would rather disassemble valve then ever sell out and and I can't see CD Projekt Red selling out.

toddx77
toddx77

 @Elann2008  @themightybear66 Im pretty sure EA did more than just give Bioware funding.  If that were the case then Mass Effect 2 and 3 wouldn't have been more shooters, Dragon Age 2 wouldn't have been well.....Dragon Age 2, and the Mass Effect 3 ending has rushed written all over it.

musalala
musalala

   @TruthTellers   Your right, remember just recently a news article came out that brought to light the fact that Valve refused to be bought out by EA. Bioware are partly to blame for this , however if I was offered bags of money I would sell out too not gonna lie.

schesak
schesak

 @RogueJedi86  @TruthTellers Well Said.

What is happening is these developers cash-in on their success by taking the pot of gold from EA.   Then they grow weary of working under corporate tyranny and desire more freedom, so they leave, taking some of their pot of gold with them.

It is actually not a horrible cycle, it does cause the industry to keep refreshing with new small studios doing new things.

makryu
makryu

 @musalala  @TruthTellers The point is, you already have bags of money. You go from a position of having bags of money + a legacy in gaming to having more bags of money + nothing