His exit was "mutually agreed."
It's time to abandon all hope you might have been clinging to for this game. And probably for Mass Effect. And probably for Bioware's future. EA is in full ruin mode.
I consider myself to be "cautiously optimistic" as well, or maybe it's "blind optimism"; I just can't completely write off one of my favorite RPG developers. It's the "EA Effect" and influence that bothers me, a corporation that pushes that "profit above all else" mentality, and often disregards the single player RPG game with a deep story that Bioware is known for.Meh. I've seen plenty of games where a few "leads" left and the game came out fine, and plenty where none left and the game came out weak. I'll stay in 'cautiously optimistic' mode.
I don't think Bioware is in a slow, downward spiral. It seems more like they jumped down a few pegs when EA forced the quick release of DA2 and have been hanging out at around that level ever since.
It's been a couple of years since I read the article, so this may well be wrong, but didn't EA force them to scrap what they had done and start working on making the next Dragon Age a live service game? And then maybe they scrapped that around the time that their Destiny-like game bombed? I need to see if I can find an updated article on the history of DA4's development and EA's meddling. I don't see how it's possible for Bioware to produce quality work in that environment.Very depressing. I read that article this morning and it left me with a feeling of dread for two of my favorite RPG series. How many creative directors, project leads, writers, and other members of Bioware have left in the past few months? Way too many.
Bioware has been on a slow, downward spiral since the EA acquisition. It feels like there is constant friction between what EA wants from a game, and what Bioware wants to create. The teaser for ME4 was encouraging (to me), but other than that, what have we seen for either DA or ME in the past four years? There's been no gameplay footage at all. It doesn't bode well, though a part of me tries to remain hopeful even when the bombs are falling.
I remember reading that somewhere, maybe PCG, but I'm pretty sure there were starts, stops, and redirections involved with the development of DA4, which may be why we haven't seen much beyond concept art, and certainly no gameplay footage.It's been a couple of years since I read the article, so this may well be wrong, but didn't EA force them to scrap what they had done and start working on making the next Dragon Age a live service game?