Gamasutra is reporting that another round of layoffs are underway at the Austin office. Executive Producer Rich Vogel, who had left the company previously but whose departure was only announced today, is the biggest name to no longer be associated with the company, and more are likely forthcoming.
Former Assistant Community Manager David Bass posted on his Twitter account (@doctordake):
More layoffs happening at BioWare Austin. Heart goes out to all my friends there. Hit me up if there’s anything I can do to help.
While Web Developer Ben Marshall (
@bmarshall0511), who was just hired in April, Tweeted:
Anyone know of a web developer position open in the Austin, TX area? Second round of layoffs at BioWare Austin and my name was on the list …
The Austin studio was tasked with providing ongoing support for SWTOR, so what effect these layoffs will have on the continued functioning of the game is up in the air.
Here’s the official statement from EA:
“As we announced in May and detailed at E3, the BioWare Austin team is refining Star Wars: The Old Republic to continue to grow the game and the service.
As with the launch of any MMO, the size and skillset of the teams needed to maintain the game is different than the ones that built it. Starting in May, there have been staff reductions in the BioWare Austin studio. Some people have been platooned to other projects at BioWare Austin and EA SPORTS/Austin. Others have been released – qualifying personnel receive severance and outplacement assistance.
BioWare Austin is currently staffed to ensure the continued delivery of new, high quality game content for The Old Republic, and at a more frequent cadence. In the weeks ahead, we will announce plans for growing The Old Republic with new content, new players and new ways to play.”
Our best wishes go out to everyone affected by these layoffs and hope that they find a new landing place soon.