Just as my game experience is taking an upward tick, I have to report sad news. The interwebs is reporting that Bioware is laying folks off ... normally, this isn't a big deal for a newer MMO. The old dev team is done and you thin the herd so you can streamline costs and still provide content. But apparently the names being laid off are pretty big ... and this concerns me greatly. The Doctors even made a post about it on the official forums.
Stephen Reid, Community Manager (also known as Rockjaw on Twitter) and the CM since November 2010, is apparently one of the casualties. There are fears that Georg Zoeller, Lead Combat Designer, and Gabe Amatangelo, Lead PVP Designer, have also been fired. Daniel Erickson, who was Lead Writer and was promoted to Lead Game Designer, may be on the chopping block as well.
If it turns out that most of the leadership at TOR is being let go, it can only be called an utter condemnation of the state of affairs right now in the game. Bioware (and EA) have to answer to stockholders, and let's be real honest folks ... TOR has underperformed when you consider the unrealistic expectations that were set for it. The stockholders wanted a real WoW-killer and what they got was a 1.5 to 2 million player game that's utterly fantastic. But, unrealistic expectations or not, the hammer is falling on Bioware this time and it looks it's going to hurt. It already does.
Farewell, Rockjaw. You were fucking awesome.