Layoffs hit Star Wars: The Old Republic team

BioWare will be cutting down on its staff members in its Austin, Texas offices for its recently launched MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. In a post on the game's official forums, the EA-owned developer admitted:

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.

The note did not say how many staff members will be affected by these layoffs. However, BioWare claims that it still has "a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game." Indeed, the developer has already posted up some information on what players can expect for the next major 1.3 content update to The Old Republic, including a new Group Finder system designed to help players find and organize player groups.

Launched in December after several years of development, and three years after it was first announced, EA claimed in February that the game had 1.7 million subscribers. However, EA admitted earlier this month that the game's subscriber base had been reduced down to 1.3 million, a 400,000 loss in just three months.

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I don't think the haters should take this as a step to f2p or anything of the sort, just the normal step down of de team on an MMO post launch, surprised it taken this long. Released MMO dont need a full team to make new content and fixes.

HawkMan said,
I don't think the haters should take this as a step to f2p or anything of the sort, just the normal step down of de team on an MMO post launch, surprised it taken this long. Released MMO dont need a full team to make new content and fixes.

That was pretty much my thinking as well.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
I can only say 2 things
" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA " and
I still believe it will either be gone officially or free to play around November of this year

Never really funny when people lose jobs.

Byron_Hinson said,

Never really funny when people lose jobs.

With the state of the game, they weren't doing their job to begin with. And most are moving to other places in the company as per the SWTOR announcement

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

With the state of the game, they weren't doing their job to begin with. And most are moving to other places in the company as per the SWTOR announcement

Depends who they are, art, sound etc all did a good job.

Byron_Hinson said,

Depends who they are, art, sound etc all did a good job.


What people are saying in the SWTOR forums, QA/CM's across the board. But with the length in time for patches let alone the lack of fixes every patch that doesn't fix anything and some that doesn't fix anything AND introduce more. I hope it's more. Get some competent people on the dev team

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
I can only say 2 things
" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA " and
I still believe it will either be gone officially or free to play around November of this year

Wait, Hell, you are the one who argued with me in the SWToR thread when I said the game just started to falter, and you defended it to no end.... And now this? Make up your mind man.

Zappa859 said,

Wait, Hell, you are the one who argued with me in the SWToR thread when I said the game just started to falter, and you defended it to no end.... And now this? Make up your mind man.

That was how many months ago and how many screwed up patches ago?

Zappa859 said,

Wait, Hell, you are the one who argued with me in the SWToR thread when I said the game just started to falter, and you defended it to no end.... And now this? Make up your mind man.

Just retread the thread, our conversation was about mods and dps meters and such, which I still don't like, or want. Regardless of game

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
I can only say 2 things
" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA " and
I still believe it will either be gone officially or free to play around November of this year

It's still by FAR the second biggest MMO (not crap F2P like runescape) behind WoW. as for WoW. No game will ever beat that, not even Blizzards next game, it's an exception and a bit of a aberration, and people don't play it because they like it better than other MMO's. in fatc most don't, but they like it enough and all their freinds playit because all their friends play it because all their friends play it. and none of them can agree on another game to play, because while everyone finds WoW, good enough, they all like different games as the best game. So they fall back to WoW... it's a stupid and evil circle.

HawkMan said,


I agree the the points of why people play wow, but not second biggest ( may be as far as money spent to make ).
Yes they have " 1.3 Mil Active Subscribers " but they also tallied the Free Weekend players in that bunch.

But what people don't seem to pay attention to, was those numbers were up until the End of March, they are not current numbers. 1.2 didn't happen till April, AFTER the tallies for the Quarter results. Anchorhead was still in the multiple hundreds server wide before 1.2. Now Anchorhead is less then 100 server wide, less then 150 including both factions, during prime time. Now There are people saying Fatman is in decline, I don't play on Fatman but I do know queues for pvp have pretty much stopped, I am in 1 of 3 guilds empire side that pretty much queue, if 2 of the 4 man teams don't queue, PvP stops, there isn't enough players including pugs to get more then 1 game total at a time ( each game requires 8 a side )

*Edited on PC due to iPad

Edited by Hell-In-A-Handbasket, May 23 2012, 6:54pm :

zeta_immersion said,
that bad eh .... free to play soon , same as treck online?

That's when I'll give it a go. I won't be surprised if it happens before the end of the year.