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Mythic and Bioware Form New RPG/MMO Group

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Today we have important news to share with the community. EA is restructuring its RPG and MMO games development into a new group that includes both Mythic and BioWare. This newly formed team will be led by Ray Muzyka, co-founder and General Manager of BioWare. With this change, Ray becomes Group General Manager of the new RPG/MMO studio group. BioWare’s other co-founder, Greg Zeschuk will become Group Creative Officer for the new RPG/MMO studio group. Rob Denton will step up as General Manager of Mythic and report to Ray. BioWare’s studios remain unchanged and continue to report to Ray.

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.



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Interesting news!

Wonder if it's just going to be called Mythic/Bioware or adapt a new name altogether?

Hopefully, UO will survive the org jostling and grow with innovation and fresh approaches to new heights.

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Mythware has a good ring to it. ;P

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mythware has a good ring to it. ;p

rofl!!!!!!!

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And while the EM was trying to control the crowd, the Normandy blasted the roof off of British's castle, and Shepard started to #$%& up anyone who dared complain about prizes.

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And thus the Ultima Trek was born (now play cheesy intro music)

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I do want to assure all of you that this news does not impact the release of Stygian Abyss and it is business as usual on the UO team.

We are still Mythic and will remain Mythic.

Chrissay "Adida" Zeeman


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w3rd!

Certainly hoped not, SA has been a few years now in the making.

I do want to assure all of you that this news does not impact the release of Stygian Abyss and it is business as usual on the UO team.

We are still Mythic and will remain Mythic.



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Lets just steal the Halo theme from Microsoft. It makes anything sound epic.

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Interesting news. I wonder what this means for the future of UO?

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As much as I love Bioware games and drooled over the new Star Wars Old Repulic Cinematic Trailer, I'm not entirely sure this is good news for UO...

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I understand where you're coming from, but gotta hope that any change will be change for the better.

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What concerns me is Jacobs leaving
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.



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For some reasons, these reports generally don't sit well with me.

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)

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Honestly there's really nothing to worry about with the Mythic Studio. I do understand why you guys are worried. We aren't moving anywhere and we aren't changing names.

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


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I would like to think that this means good things for UO (I've always loved Bioware), but I can't say this news sits too well with me. I'm hoping Jacobs left on a positive note.

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.

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One thing which would be nice to see again, is a "State of UO" document, similiar to how we used to get them
Least then we could get an idea of the UO teams long term goals for UO.
Might also offer some reassurance to those who are concerned.

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other games have done that - something of a 'whats coming in the next 6 months' thing - and it's worked well.

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Yea, it worked well with UO to, from memory
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)

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One thing which would be nice to see again, is a "State of UO" document, similiar to how we used to get them.

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.

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.