EA merges Bioware and Mythic

EA is merging their two top roleplaying game divisions namely BioWare and Mythic, into one massive RPG group, with BioWare’s co-founder Ray Muzyka heading the group while Mythic’s Mark Jacobs stepping down.

I read this as Bioware is getting an added boost in it’s MMO development as Mythic brings in some of the team behind DaoC and Warhammer Online. For Mythic, i sense that EA felt that Mythic would best be served under Muzyka moving forward.

Creating what is effectively a massively multiplayer RPG development juggernaut, EA has tapped Muzukya to become Group General Manager of their new RPG/MMO Group, with fellow BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk acting as Group Creative Officer. With the departure of Mythic’s Mark Jacobs, Mythic co-founder Rob Denton will step up as the General Manager of Mythic, reporting directly to Muzukya. BioWare’s operations will remain unchanged.

So in effect, EA has handed the reins of Mythic over to BioWare, blurring the lines between the two entities by organizing them under one group. It’s sad to see Mark Jacobs go, as he was a major contributor to the success of Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, but it should be very interesting to see what direction WAR travels in now that Dr. Ray is at the helm.

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