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Mythic and Bioware Form New RPG/MMO Group
Posted 24 June 2009 - 03:21 PM
Mark Jacobs, current General Manager of Mythic will leave EA on June 23, 2009. We thank Mark for his contributions at Mythic and wish him the very best going forward. Mark played a major part in the success of Mythic with his contribution as General Manager and Lead Designer of WAR.
Mythic retains a strong team led by Rob who co-founded Mythic in 1995. Rob played a critical role in the development of Dark Age of Camelot. In his previous role as COO, he was responsible for all day-to-day management of the studio including all development, operations and support.
Please join us in celebrating the union of these two award-winning studios.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 04:53 PM
According to him, he was the one who told EA to keep UO running, after they wanted to shut it down.
With him leaving, I hope EA doesn't revisit that idea.
Sanya Weathers' commented on the examiner.com site
Mythic Entertainment studio head, Mark Jacobs, has left the building.
The lead designer of Warhammer Online and EA have mutually agreed to separate.
The official website will have an announcement soon, and I will update this post accordingly.
I unfortunately am unable to give my usual color commentary, because at Mark's request, Mythic and I mutually agreed to separate several years ago.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:20 PM
Call me a conspiracy-theory-guy, but it usually means something bigger is going on and what we're being told is usually some political mumble.
So yeah, gotta side with Adam on this one and keep my fingers crossed they won't scrap our beloved UO.
(ecspecially since we received a "don't worry, everything is ok"-post too, something with which most companies normally don't bother unless the exact opposite is meant)
Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:45 PM
It's really for the positive for UO and the other Mythic games as we are now in a clearly defined group under the EA umbrella. Prior to the change we were in the same classification as other EA non sports titles. Now we have a leadership that is dedicated to the MMO and RPG communities.
Chrissay "Adida" Zeeman
Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:50 PM
I know this has been said before, but it would be neat to see access to Ultima Online, Star Wars, Warhammer Online, and Dark Age packaged togeather like Station Sony and what have you.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 07:06 PM
It reassured people that UO was being actively worked on and there were long term plans
I don't remember the last time we actually heard from the UO producer (not to mention we have an overdue interview with him, About 2? years and waiting! hehe)
Posted 24 June 2009 - 07:47 PM
Couldn't agree more, it's reassuring to know that there is a plan and that progress is being made on it instead of sudden changes that seem to come out of nowhere. Factions were due for some love, and some changes for it suddenly came to fruition late last year, but then again so many other areas need some love too.
One thing which would be nice to see again, is a "State of UO" document, similiar to how we used to get them.
At this point, I think the only thing most all UO players know is that Stygian Abyss is coming out in a few months but no idea about anything else or anything beyond that. This is not to say that SA won't be exciting to explore and try out, but what is UO striving towards for between SA the end of the year? A new cooperative collection? Another pvp balance pass? 11th Anniv stuff before the 12th arrives?
We're halfway through 2009 and there's been hardly anything compared to what a great year of new content and bug fixes that 2008 was. There has only been one regular Publish this year.