However, BioWare is not automatically burying his game and has stressed that it will stick to it.
BioWare has seen many people leave (especially those who laid the foundations for Dragon Age and Mass Effect), so the studio is no longer a household name for a team that couldn’t fail. There was the abysmal Mass Effect 3 ending, then Mass Effect: Andromeda didn’t turn out the way many expected, and then they failed with Anthem, which was also a spectacular failure among live service games (and they never got the chance to improve on that from Electronic Arts). It’s going to be hard to recover from it.
BioWare has announced on their blog that Star Wars: The Old Republic, the MMO they have been steadfastly supporting, is also affected by the departures. Charles Boyd, the game’s creative director, is stepping down after sixteen years and leaving the studio. The studio has stressed that it is sticking with its game and that Ashley Ruhl (narrative director), Caitlin Sullivan Kelly (lead writer) and George Smith (gameplay director) have no plans to leave.
Regarding his departure, Boyd wrote: “Even after almost sixteen years, I still can’t fully believe how lucky I’ve been to work on Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Star Wars galaxy has been a massive part of my life since I was a kid, so getting to play a role in SWTOR’s growth from its initial vision to a colossal release and an incredible live service for over a decade has been a fantastic experience. The team’s passion, creativity, and dedication to this game are excellent; I don’t think I can ever fully express how much I’ve admired and appreciated working with them every day.
As always, there are some exciting things in the works for the future of SWTOR – storylines and planets and gameplay and characters that I can’t wait to see come to life. I’m looking forward to experiencing them all right alongside our players. So to the team, our longtime partners at Lucasfilm, and all of you: thank you so much for this fantastic journey. I may be moving on from the project, but the Old Republic will never leave my heart.”
The first significant update after the Legacy of Sith expansion arrives in August. For Republic and Imperial players, daily mission arcs on the planet Manaan are coming, a new Operation for teams of eight will bring significant challenges, the Weapons in Outfitter system has been tweaked, and further info about Darth Malgus and the Sith lord’s relics (Malgus is looking for them) is coming to the MMO available on PC.