Could Fan Negativity Have Something To Do With Bioware's Founders Leaving?
An ex-Bioware developer claims that the negative reactions to Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic led to company founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka’s departure from Bioware.
During an interview with Now Gamer, Trent Oster shared that the last time he saw Zeschuk, he could see how exhausted the man truly was. For those of you that don’t know who Trent Oster is, he worked in senior positions at Bioware since the beginning until June 2009.
“The last time I met up with [Greg], I felt his exhaustion,” claimed Oster. “Punch out, eject, get the hell out”, was my suggestions to him and it hit closer to the mark than I had realized. I also think the Mass Effect 3 fan reaction and the Old Republic fans’ negativity was just too much.
“You have to love games and you put your heart into them to create them. To have the fans creating petitions against the work is pretty hard to take, especially when you’ve spent the last few years crunching overtime to try and ship a game. It can be hard to shut off the overwhelming negativity the internet spews forth, especially when it has your name or the name of your company in it.”
While Oster wasn’t too shocked at Zeschuk leaving, he couldn’t say the same about Ray Muzyka.
“Ray surprised me. I had him pegged as an EA lifer,” he shared. “My thought was the Ray agenda was to first usurp Frank Gibeau and then later John Riccotello as CEO.
“I’m sure the internal culture at EA had pinned the Old Republic conversion to free to play as a failure and hung that completely on Ray, so that would have hurt his upward climb. But, I figured he would fight harder. EA upper management must have been even worse than I thought.”
In the beginning, Star Wars: The Old Republic impressed with its opening numbers but as the months went on, figures for The Old Republic started to decline rapidly. The game had to adopt a free-to-play method last month in order to cope with the losses.
Another possibility could be that the five year contract between those two and EA ended. If my source is correct, the exact day they quit is the same with the ending of said contract. So maybe they figured to jump ship while things were good.
So, did those two leave Bioware because fans where royally upset over Mass Effect 3’s endings and The Old Republic? Or was it because of the end of a contract? We may never find out the answer to that question honestly. Should any more information come to light regarding this matter, we will update you.