It's comparable to waking up after a really, really good party where you felt great, were wildly drunk and finding not only do you have a huge hangover, but some of the white elephants you bought while drunk don't look so great in your house now.
What an interesting comment on their website too:
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, co-founder and 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.
It could be shorted to; EA made a huge and expensive bet that WAR would be a wow-killer success and paid huge amounts for the company. That bet failed. Now, with Bioware in the ascendancy, ALL OF THE TOP POSITIONS of Mythic are either being culled or the people now report to Bioware.
In other words, though hilariously we should be "celebrating the union" this looks, from a business point of view like a bit of a bloodbath for EA in restructuring, particularly on the Mythic leadership side of the deal. Bluntly, this doesn't look like a "union", it looks like a palace coup followed by executions.
There's a piece, and some very interesting follow on comments, regarding this on the Broken Toy's site here and here at Gamasutra.
What I do find interesting is the accumulation of tid-bits regarding EA from both their financial statments and general analyst reports etc. After their buying frenzy, clearly they are looking to make some of those business units pay off, and placing a lot of pressure on particular "stars" to perform.
For the sake of those people working at Bioware, I hope they do well with SW:TOR then... At the very least they have the incentive of looking at what happens to their EA colleagues at Mythic if they want to see the results of seeing what happens when EA doesn't get the returns it expects.
I'd predict further cullings in the near future too.
The outlook for the business of gaming over at EA looks rather... PvP-esque....