Electronic Arts has stressed that it has no worries about the future of BioWare, despite recent high-level staff turnover and a few “blips” in the company’s development history over the years.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson said during an earnings briefing (via GI.biz) that that BioWare is an “incredible studio filled with incredible people who do incredible work.” He acknowledged that BioWare has had “some blips in their delivery” in recent years (a presumed reference to Anthem), but Wilson suggested that such shortcomings are actually a good thing. He’s proud that BioWare pushed “deeply into innovation and creativity,” even if it didn’t work out completely the way the studio might have wanted.
Wilson went on to say that EA feels “very confident” about BioWare’s future with the new Dragon Age and Mass Effect games it’s working on. In addition to those projects, BioWare just announced the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, which launches in May and is expected to be a hit.
Regarding the news that BioWare veterans Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah left the company, Wilson said this kind of turnover is only natural in a creative field like game development. Wilson remarked that EA has confidence in the current leadership at BioWare.
BioWare is not the only high-profile studio to experience high-level staff turnover recently, as several prominent figures on the Halo Infinite team left the project mid-development. Like Wilson, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said this turnover is nothing to be concerned about and is just a part of doing business.
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