ThereÂs a bit of bad news out of BioWare Austin today. BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk confirmed on the Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) forums today that a number of the SWTOR staff were recently laid off as part of the studio's restructuring.
Hey folks, since youÂre reading this you may likely have heard that weÂve done some restructuring here on the SWTOR team. Sadly, we are bidding farewell to some talented, passionate and exceptionally hard-working people who helped make SWTOR a reality. Impacting peopleÂs lives this way is always very hard, but weÂre ensuring the affected people are treated with dignity, fairness and respect.
Looking back at launch, we all came together and did something historic. We executed one of the largest, most successful and stable launches of any MMO yet in industry history. That is not an easy feat for any development team or company and we are humbled and honored by our fan communityÂs strong support both at launch and beyond.
Looking forward, the studio remains vibrant and passionate about our many upcoming initiatives for Star Wars: The Old Republic. We still have a very substantial development team working on supporting and growing the game, and we feel we are in a strong position, with your continued involvement and feedback, to continue to build Star Wars: The Old Republic as one of the most compelling and successful online experiences in the world today. There are many strong initiatives planned for cool new content and new features that weÂre excited to tell you about in the upcoming weeks and months.
Rest assured that we remain dedicated to delivering a high quality service in SWTOR to you, our fans, and we will continue to support and grow Star Wars: The Old Republic over the weeks, months and years to come.
Greg and Ray
The news comes following an EA earnings call that revealed SWTOR's subscription numbers had declined from 1.7 million in February to around 1.2 million earlier this month. While it's not WoW-like subscriber numbers, that's still a pretty significant amount of subscribers.
As always, our best wishes go out to those affected by the layoffs.