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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:13PM (Unverified) said

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There goes the SWG Devs :(

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:23PM (Unverified) said

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Any ideas on the titles impacted yet?

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:20PM Triskelion said

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Is Smedley taking a pay cut? No? Didn't think so - chop those jobs Smed.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:25PM wiachy said

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not cool, but then again, it wasnt cool what they did to Star Wars Galaxies

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:27PM Celestian said

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Unexpected? Everyone is laying off these days in the US. Read the news much?

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:47PM (Unverified) said

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So I guess Free Realms isn't quite the savior the marketing types would have you believe.

Interesting.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:51PM Valentina said

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That sucks, I have a feeling there will be some big SWG and/or Vanguard news coming out soon. :\

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:55PM Mr Angry said

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It's Vanguard.

Given the lack of visibility at the Fan Fest, the timing is perfect to withdraw this IP, delayed content, lack of visibility to future plans, looks like they pressed the button finally.
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:54PM Mr Angry said

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Hmmm I know a few Sony folk post here, how about giving us some insight as to how John Smedley who has steered their ship in the wrong direction for upwards of the last 5-6 years is unaffected by a desire to increase efficiency?

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:01PM Minofan said

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Hope all those affected land on their feet.

On a selfish note: I hope this doesn't affect Frre Realms or The Old Republic - I cannot see it doing so though, because if any development staff were lost there's a whole catalogue of older games with performance issues to take the flak ahead of them.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:25PM engrey said

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Do you mean SWG or The Old Republic?

If it is TOR then the game is being made by BioWare which EA bought not SOE.
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 7:21PM Minofan said

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Whoops - completely muddled my companies there!

Well in that case I don't have any vested interests beyond Free Realms, so half the danger.
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 7:39PM Mr Angry said

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Fear not, here is just one shot of awesomeness to put your mind at rest!

http://www.swtor.com/media/trailers/video-documentary-3#comment-54393
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:02PM Pingles said

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Has Matrix Online already closed its doors? Could this be part of that?

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 10:30PM (Unverified) said

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hah! No, it ain't because of MxO - MxO has been running on one full-time dev for more than a year. A few months before they decided to pull the plug, MxO was running with one dev who was splitting his time between MxO and other SOE games.
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:51PM (Unverified) said

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As a Vanguard player the question comes to me: where to go now? I don't think that Wow or basically any other fantasy based mmo game is comparable to it..

Prolly it's the same for SWG, but I do not play that, so can't really tell what it is like..

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:50PM (Unverified) said

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Is anyone still playing Vanguard? how's that game doing?

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:55PM (Unverified) said

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I do. I wouldn't say it is the most populated games ever, but it certainly has some noticeable population. Still, the recent comments from developers shown little love for this game from SOE..
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 5:04PM (Unverified) said

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Wow on the EQ forums the Community relations manager shut down the thread and asked no one to post about this subject lol.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 5:18PM (Unverified) said

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All: Be careful here. Just because they're laying off full-time employee's doesn't mean their laying off developers or artists or anything even associated with the games. A full-time employee can be anyone from a CEO to accounting to the janitor. A 5% in total workforce sounds more like cost cutting than it does culling the weak. The fact that they aren't commenting further would seem to verify that these were probably non-development jobs.


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