What the …. is going on?
“Today we have important news to share with the community. EA is restructuring its RPG and MMO games development into a new group that includes both Mythic and BioWare. This newly formed team will be led by Ray Muzyka, co-founder and General Manager of BioWare. With this change, Ray becomes Group General Manager of the newÂ RPG/MMO studio group. BioWareâ€™s other co-founder, Greg Zeschuk will become Group Creative Officer for the new RPG/MMO studio group. Rob Denton will step up as General Manager of Mythic and report to Ray. BioWareâ€™s studios remain unchanged and continue to report to Ray.
Mark Jacobs, current General Manager of Mythic will leave EA on June 23, 2009. We thank Mark for his contributions at Mythic and wish him the very best going forward. Mark played a major part in the success of Mythic with his contribution as General Manager and Lead Designer of WAR.
Mythic retains a strong team led by Rob who co-founded Mythic in 1995. Rob played a critical role in the development of Dark Age of Camelot. In his previous role as COO, he was responsible for all day-to-day management of the studio including all development, operations and support.
Please join us in celebrating the union of these two award-winning studios.” [WAR Herald]
This makes nauseous and nervous and oddly curious all at the same time. Bioware and Mythic? I just don’t see this as a “good” thing right now.Â I was really hoping that we were past EA absorbing studios and restructuring like this.Â I have never seen anything good come from this and I fear that this is just another step towards having two big publishers doing every game out there.Â Ugh.
I want to hope that this means we’re going to see better games, but this feels like a business decision and not one made in the best interest of gaming.Â We could see some truly amazing results from a newly redone studio from EA but at the same time we could see all of these studios fail to live up to their past endeavors.Â I’m inclined to believe the latter because that is what has happened in the past.
I’m very interested in hearing where you’re headed Mark.Â Please let me know.