I just went into a detailed analysis of this.Vault101 said:I'm confused....
does "Bioware" still exsit in one form or another? I know they added the name to other things but has it been scrapped completly?
Bioware still exists as Bioware. Bioware still designs AAA level games for EA.
Mythic was an MMO company that got picked up by EA to develop "Warhammer Age Of Recknoning" due to their chops from "Dark Age Of Camelot", it dropped the ball heavily. They were shoehorned into Bioware to help develop TOR due to their expertise, a point brought up along with some nasty supposition by "EA Louse" once upon a time in his famous letter.
Mythic has been busted down from AAA game development or MMOs which was their specialty to developing mobile games, which incidently also take less of an investment of cash from their owner/publisher.
The general sentiments here seem to be that EA is abandoning Bioware and trying to seperate as much as they can from it because of it's failures. Truthfully even Bioware's failures have probably made more money than most company's successes at this point. What's more a lot of issues can be placed at the feet of companies like Mythic who were "the experts" of these generes as well as putting too much on Bioware's table at one time.
If Bioware was a huge failure, EA would have just dissolved them or done something to punish them or make them less of an investment at the least, knocking them down to projects that take little in the way of resources.
Love them or hate them (they need to regain a lot of trust from me), the bottom line is Bioware still operates like it ever did, and has a lot of EA money and big development coming their way for the moment at least. The companies like Mythic that are being made independant again... well, they pretty much just got kicked into the kiddie pool.
At least for the next 15 minutes it seems Bioware is still EA's golden boy, a lot is going to depend on what happens with "Dragon Age 3". If that tanks as bad as I fear given what they are saying (must play as human, more like 2 than "Origins", etc...) I suspect it will be the death of Bioware, at least as a big developer, I imagine they will either be dissolved or kicked down to lesser projects. I wish them luck, but to be honest I'm not likely to give them an initial sale for "Dragon Age 3", and wait and see what it turns out like before investing money in it. If a lot of people think like me, they might get tanked when EA doesn't get the release day sales it wants.