EA Still Confident in BioWare

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EA Still Confident in BioWare

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Despite the criticisms of its latest three games, BioWare still has the full support of Electronic Arts.

BioWare is in a very unique position at the moment. One the one hand, its last three games were arguably the most anticipated of the developers entire history. On the other hand, those three games were Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, the first two of which divided the fanbases of its franchises while the third saw subscription figures drop six months after launch. Despite the ups and downs of the past 18 months, BioWare still has friends backing it up, in particular EA COO Peter Moore, who still has confidence in what the developer can accomplish.

"They're doing great," Moore told Eurogamer. "You say the last 12-18 months, I think of three things: I think of Star Wars: The Old Republic, I think of what Mass Effect 3 has done and all of the offshoots we've done of that, and then a little bit further back Dragon Age. So from that perspective I think the studio has done great."

Moore noted that most of the problems faced by these games had little to do with the products themselves, all of which enticed the gaming community. Mass Effect 3 alone generated over $200 million in sales while The Old Republic was EA's most pre-ordered game ever. The difficulties were based almost entirely on the receptions of certain game elements, which Moore and BioWare can use to better develop games in the future. "Nobody in entertainment has more passion and a bigger megaphone than gamers," Moore said regarding the Mass Effect 3 ending. "So the team at BioWare, again, to their credit, said, all right, we're going to stop a few things right now, the team's going to go back and provide some DLC, no charge, to provide more context around what went on there."

Mass Effect isn't the only BioWare franchise attempting to adapt to its fans after a shaky start. The team is already using player feedback as it develops Dragon Age 3, while The Old Republic will go free-to-play to draw back the subscribers it initially lost. "So rather than crying about spilt milk," Moore continued, "we're going to evolve [The Old Republic] into a hybrid model ... We're just reacting to consumer feedback by doing that."

Source: Eurogamer

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"You guys are doing great, right Greg and Ray?"

"Uh, yeah sure... can you point that gun away from my head now?"

It's hard for me to share Moore's enthusiasm >.>

Every time I see a statement come from either EA upper management or a Bioware employee, I imagine Baghdad Bob standing in front of Saddam Hussein's castle saying, "Nothing is wrong! Everything is perfectly fine!"

...I have a strange mind.

I can't help but feel that the reason this article was written is exclusively because of EA.

"Nah they're doing fine...What was that? Pushing deadlines on unfinished products? Cutting features for the sake of broadening the audience? Noooo, we would never make them do that."

Oh god.

EA, you guys having confidence in something is the kiss of death. It's like David Cameron, George Osborn or Nick Clegg declaring their confidence in something: It guarantees it's destruction in short order.

Fact: You never come out and say that nothing is wrong if there is indeed nothing wrong, there wouldn't be the need for a statement like this in the first place...

Unfortunatly we're beginning to see Biowares flaws the more they make games. DA2 was crud. Mass Effect 3 managed to piss of a ton of fans with the liniar ending, and SWTORS rapid decline. Unless Bioware can pick up the slack they might find themselves facing EAs wrath. I mean if the guy who made Plants Vs Zombies isn't safe from getting the axe, who is?

When it comes to brains and credibility, less is Moore.

Honestly, is this really surprising? Someone want to throw out another EA developer that's been doing even marginally well? Who else is there... Visceral? Maxis? Popcap? Last game of theirs that wasn't Bioware I was looking forward to was SSX. Next one I'm looking forward to is Overstrike... and when the hell is Insomniac gonna finish up that one?

They've had some horrid luck with their games recently... APB, BulletStorm, Hellgate: London, Kingdoms of Amalur, Syndicate, Spore... I have a feeling they'll need to shrink and consolidate here pretty soon before someone buys them out and does it for them.

That's nice. I won't be buying anything from Bioware anytime soon anymore.

Vie:
Oh god.

EA, you guys having confidence in something is the kiss of death. It's like David Cameron, George Osborn or Nick Clegg declaring their confidence in something: It guarantees it's destruction in short order.

Oh Parliament, you so silly

Translation: "We're still making just enough money off their ideas not to close down the studio... FOR NOW"

Who announces that everything is okay?

Nobody does that :D

DVS BSTrD:
When it comes to brains and credibility, less is Moore.

I see what you did there and I love it :D

"Hey Bioware you are good at making RPGs right?"
"Why yes EA, Mass Effect is a big hit but Dragon Age 2 despite our claims wasn't our best work and lets not talk about The Old Republic."
"Well that is good because we want you to make a multiplayer Command & Conquer game to rival StarCraft."

HOLY SHIT EA WHAT THE FLYING FUCK ARE YOU DOING!

Daystar Clarion:
Who announces that everything is okay?

Nobody does that :D

DVS BSTrD:
When it comes to brains and credibility, less is Moore.

I see what you did there and I love it :D

they didn't "announce" anything it was comments made to a magazine at a convention. It's not like they called a fucking press conference to say that Bioware is doing fine.

OT: again this isn't news Escapist. Then again I can't really argue with this being reported because the escapist likes money as much as everyone else does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVtinv5LSnE

That's what i get from this.

Everyone else has already posted my points for me, but I'd like to add that moral support from EA means GAH! SHIT! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES BEFORE THEY TOUCH YOU!

Has this free DLC that "fixes" Mass Effect 3 been released already? Is it safe to buy/play yet?

Ah... EA just stating that its not their meddling that is fucking shit up at Bioware, but it's Bioware screwing stuff up. Cleverly worded though. Essentially this is EA loading the gun....

Probably not EA's support they should be worried about.

This makes me think of a Reel Big Fish song... Now where is...? Ah!

Fanghawk:
EA Still Confident in BioWare
Moore noted that most of the problems faced by these games had little to do with the products themselves, all of which enticed the gaming community. Mass Effect 3 alone generated over $200 million in sales while The Old Republic was EA's most pre-ordered game ever. The difficulties were based almost entirely on the receptions of certain game elements, which Moore and BioWare can use to better develop games in the future.

WHAT?
Ok. So, first of all, Moore just said, 'Our games being mediocre at best is not the problem that keeps them from being accepted by gamers.', which is obviously incredibly untrue, and second of all, how does he differentiate between "the products themselves" and "certain game elements"? Aren't the "game elements" what make up the game, i.e., the "product"?

Tiamat666:
Has this free DLC that "fixes" Mass Effect 3 been released already? Is it safe to buy/play yet?

Yea, it came out and its acceptable as a ending, but its the kind of effort they needed to put into the game in the first place rather then as an apology for playing minecraft during work hours.

The whole statement is a joke and sounds more like a self delusion then anything else. i mean they're saying their games aren't bad because we sold a bunch of them before people played them and said they didn't like them.

animehermit:

Daystar Clarion:
Who announces that everything is okay?

Nobody does that :D

DVS BSTrD:
When it comes to brains and credibility, less is Moore.

I see what you did there and I love it :D

they didn't "announce" anything it was comments made to a magazine at a convention. It's not like they called a fucking press conference to say that Bioware is doing fine.

OT: again this isn't news Escapist. Then again I can't really argue with this being reported because the escapist likes money as much as everyone else does.

So, by that assertion, every outlet covering this story is on EA's payroll as well, correct?

Tiamat666:
Has this free DLC that "fixes" Mass Effect 3 been released already? Is it safe to buy/play yet?

snekadid:

Tiamat666:
Has this free DLC that "fixes" Mass Effect 3 been released already? Is it safe to buy/play yet?

Yea, it came out and its acceptable as a ending, but its the kind of effort they needed to put into the game in the first place rather then as an apology for playing minecraft during work hours.

Opinion is still divided on that. You say it is acceptable, I say it turned a pile of shit into a polished pile of shit but to each their own.

OT: You have faith in Bioware EA? Good for you. Here is the problem. Many people, myself included, don't have faith anymore so what you going to do about that?

But... it's EA, not Bioware, that I'm worried about...

Gizmo1990:

Tiamat666:
Has this free DLC that "fixes" Mass Effect 3 been released already? Is it safe to buy/play yet?

snekadid:
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Opinion is still divided on that. You say it is acceptable, I say it turned a pile of shit into a polished pile of shit but to each their own.

OT: You have faith in Bioware EA? Good for you. Here is the problem. Many people, myself included, don't have faith anymore so what you going to do about that?

I didn't say it was good, but now it can be classified as an ending. Before it was a zero exposition cutscene from Xenosaga.

On the other hand, if Bioware had been owned by Activision instead, there wouldn't be a Bioware anymore. This news post would have been Bioware being closed.

animehermit:

Daystar Clarion:
Who announces that everything is okay?

Nobody does that :D

DVS BSTrD:
When it comes to brains and credibility, less is Moore.

I see what you did there and I love it :D

they didn't "announce" anything it was comments made to a magazine at a convention. It's not like they called a fucking press conference to say that Bioware is doing fine.

OT: again this isn't news Escapist. Then again I can't really argue with this being reported because the escapist likes money as much as everyone else does.

Gotta agree. Nothing ratchets up the page views and gets the comments section flowing like a story here that involves EA, Bioware or both.

elilupe:

Fanghawk:
EA Still Confident in BioWare
Moore noted that most of the problems faced by these games had little to do with the products themselves, all of which enticed the gaming community. Mass Effect 3 alone generated over $200 million in sales while The Old Republic was EA's most pre-ordered game ever. The difficulties were based almost entirely on the receptions of certain game elements, which Moore and BioWare can use to better develop games in the future.

WHAT?
Ok. So, first of all, Moore just said, 'Our games being mediocre at best is not the problem that keeps them from being accepted by gamers.', which is obviously incredibly untrue, and second of all, how does he differentiate between "the products themselves" and "certain game elements"? Aren't the "game elements" what make up the game, i.e., the "product"?

I think what it translates as is "we conceive of games that people are really excited to play, but then fuck-up the execution."

I know it's not a popular opinion, but in terms of characters, plot and gameplay (minus the setting), I actually think DAII is an excellent product. Could it have used more development time? Good LORD, yes, but I think its pros often get overlooked. Then again, I thought ME3 was a fitting end, so what do I know?

Toilet:
"Hey Bioware you are good at making RPGs right?"
"Why yes EA, Mass Effect is a big hit but Dragon Age 2 despite our claims wasn't our best work and lets not talk about The Old Republic."
"Well that is good because we want you to make a multiplayer Command & Conquer game to rival StarCraft."

HOLY SHIT EA WHAT THE FLYING FUCK ARE YOU DOING!

What they're doing is rebranding almost all of their studios "Bioware." The core team isn't going anywhere NEAR C&C, music factory or otherwise.

You reap what you sow mang...

Susan Arendt:

animehermit:

Daystar Clarion:
Who announces that everything is okay?

Nobody does that :D

I see what you did there and I love it :D

they didn't "announce" anything it was comments made to a magazine at a convention. It's not like they called a fucking press conference to say that Bioware is doing fine.

OT: again this isn't news Escapist. Then again I can't really argue with this being reported because the escapist likes money as much as everyone else does.

So, by that assertion, every outlet covering this story is on EA's payroll as well, correct?

Not what I said. The only reason why shit like this gets reported is because it generates pageviews, this isn't news.

crazyrabbits:
Every time I see a statement come from either EA upper management or a Bioware employee, I imagine Baghdad Bob standing in front of Saddam Hussein's castle saying, "Nothing is wrong! Everything is perfectly fine!"

...I have a strange mind.

i imagine moore standing in front of a window looking at all the bioware employees and thinking "soon", just like this horse:
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and then he bursts out in maniacal laughter

this is like one person in a two headed team says that the other one is doing great, when he himself is not helping at all.

we are all confident in Bioware, even when they are not on the standard they were. it is still a great studio, but nobody is confident on EA's part on the collaboration.

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