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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 11:40AM Lateris said

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Seriously BioWare won't put up with an BS. They just don't. With TOR they will snap their fingers very quickly if the same inner office BS occurs in TOR as it did in WAR at the upper management level.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 11:41AM Space Cobra said

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Okay, I don't know this guy from Donald Trump or one of the cooks at a Hot Dog chain down my street, but I'd probably have to go over his decisions beforehand. He was one of two exec producers, yes/no? And there were good among the bad in Warhammer; we all liked it until we got into the highest RR ranks.

Also, the game is pretty much done in terms of game mechanics; it's in Closed Beta Testing and the game could come out either sometime this year or next (if things go real bad; and that may be a clue if he demands changes too much).

Plus, he's Exec Producer of "Live Services", what exactly is that? The guy that keeps subs and cash shops running? The guy who oversees live events on servers? None of these seem too core to the game.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 11:53AM (Unverified) said

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Oh boy, this I gotta watch.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:01PM Nenene said

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Oh gosh...

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:06PM Zuljundwumn said

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... Would you prefer Bill roper or Drerk Smart instead of him ?

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:07PM Zuljundwumn said

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@Zuljundwumn
*Derek Smart
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:14PM Daemodand said

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Show me on this MMO box where Jeff Hickman touched you.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:28PM (Unverified) said

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@Daemodand

*Opens the box and points inside.*
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:21PM Distaste said

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@Ehra

Mark was in charge but he was busy with a lot of other things and towards the end of development he had family medical issues. It is also rumored he was kept out of the loop on a lot of stuff.

Jeff Hickman is basically one of the main guys that made WAR what it is. People were promoted, got big heads, thought their visions were the best and ignored everyone else's thoughts.

This in a big way impacts my decision to buy SWTOR.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:30PM Ehra said

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@Distaste Hm. Didn't know that. Thanks for the info.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:23PM Seldra said

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Well this was unexpected, I'm gonna take a wait and see approach to this matter.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:28PM slash beast said

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Oh boy...

This has fail written all over it.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:29PM Dunraven said

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Does Bioware not understand how hated and loathed this man is after what he did to WAR?, Even more so after what EA Louse said and Tweety more or less confirmed? Whats next will they Hire Carrie Gouskos to come up with snappy Ad campaigns (Like Killin Sith in da face?) and to basically pronounce TOR as a FFA PVP game?

The only thing worse would to be to Hire SOE to distribute the game. What in the hell is Bioware thinking? They just basically killed a license to print money, because no one in their right mind will ever trust this guy.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:43PM Nenene said

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I've noticed that certain subsets of Bioware in the Dragon Age 2 era have this philosophy of 'Screw what the fans think, we want CoD's audience!11!!' and as such will go for whatever option promises the most 'awesome'.

Maybe this guy gave a pitch with like...explosions, or tigers or something, and it was so 'awesome' that they just had to get him on board RIGHT AWAY, fans be damned.

We'll see how well that works out for them.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:54PM Ehra said

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@Nenene Speaking of Dragon Age 2, Bioware themselves don't exactly have a clean track record these days considering the whole debacle with a Bioware employee giving DA2 a 5 star review that ended up on metacritic.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:43PM (Unverified) said

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Next up: BioWare hires Bill Roper, Richard Garriott, David Jones, and Paul Barnett.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 4:17PM CCon99 said

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@(Unverified) Don't forget Chris Cao.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 5:32PM Utakata said

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...and Derek Smart.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2011 12:48PM Epiny said

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It's a questionable PR move. He has alot of bad history with the MMO community over Warhammer Online, regardless of how much was truly his fault.

However it has been said for awhile that people from Mythic were being pulled to BioWare to help develop TOR for awhile now. This is just the first big name to get pulled over.

WAR had ALOT of really good features. It also had alot of poorly thought out features. In all honesty once we get close to launch of TOR the hype train will take over and no one will care who worked on this game, they will just buy it.

Posted: Apr 28th 2011 1:20PM Yog said

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@Epiny Yes, the same thing happened with WAR. They had a ton of sales and a good number of subscriptions but as soon as the free month was over people canceled their accounts and left.
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