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Jacobs Out As EA Combines BioWare, Mythic Operations
Jacobs Out As EA Combines BioWare, Mythic Operations
June 24, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

June 24, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander
More: Console/PC

As Electronic Arts gathers both its Mythic and BioWare studios into a single group, Mythic GM and co-founder Mark Jacobs is leaving the company.

"EA is restructuring its RPG and MMO games development into a new group that includes both Mythic and BioWare," said the company in a statement.

BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka will head the new unit as Group General Manager, while fellow co-founder Greg Zeschuk will take the role of chief creative officer. The Mythic team will see co-founder and COO Rob Denton take the role of general manager.

According to the announcement, not much will change for the BioWare group as it works on Dragon Age, Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars MMO The Old Republic, and its teams will continue to maintain the same structure, reporting to Muzyka.

As for Jacobs, who co-founded the studio with Denton in 1995 and most recently led Warhammer: Age of Reckoning, his last day at EA was yesterday, June 23. He has not yet commented on his current plans, but his out-of-office message indicates he is "on sabbatical."

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Damien Foletto
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I wonder how long before Mythic is moved down to the Austin Bioware offices? I'm guessing within the year.

Peter Olsted
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What will the name of this new studio? Will it still be "Bioware"?

Michael Brandsma
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Feels like they are combining MMO operations. Duh!

Lance Rund
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I understand why this is done; it will still be sad to see Jacobs go. I remember his aggressive anti-harassment and and-cheater policies in Warhammer and DAoC with great satisfaction. More execs need to realize that a griefer's money is NOT as green as a well-behaved player's money, and take the kinds of actions Jacobs took to weed them out.

I look forward to whatever project Jacobs has in the future, and I hope he continues to stand up to the people who occupy the sewer-level of the Internet.

mike franchina
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that picture you have up is from Warhammer 40,000. you got it wrong.

Mark Venturelli
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I have a lot of sympathy for Jacobs and I think these are sad news. Hope he can go out and make something even better than DAoC and WAR.

David Reeves
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Yeah, another good person free to work on a game that's better than war.

Look forward to seeing what his plans are, just hope it's not a sign of retirement for him. Miss him already!