Layoffs Hit BioWare Austin - Studio Behind Star Wars: The Old Republic
The news just has not been that great for BioWare's entry into the MMO world. Earlier in the month, EA reported Star Wars: The Old Republic has lost nearly 25% of its subscribers since March, which put the total at 1.3 million instead of 1.7 million. EA vowed to increase the subscriber amount, but it may have a tougher time with this latest news. BioWare Austin, the studio behind SWTOR, has been hit with some layoffs that see members of the development team being moved to other projects or being let go entirely. BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk says the studio is saying goodbye to some talented people who made Star Wars: The Old Republic a reality, but says the development team for the game is still "substantial." This could just be a cost-cutting move as a smaller staff is needed to maintain the game instead of build it, but still this is something you never want to hear. Hopefully BioWare and EA can do more to build up the subscriber base and turn SWTOR into of the best MMOs around, but the task may be just a little harder now.