has a message for critical fans who blame the company's perceived inadequacies on its corporate overlords at Electronic Arts
. "I always chuckle because we are EA, we're BioWare -- we're both, and we still have huge autonomy in terms of what we do," co-founder Greg Zeschuk
recently told Eurogamer
Zeschuk and partner Ray Muzyka
cover a lot of ground during the sit-down, and the docs indicate that they still play BioWare's games despite delegating day-to-day development duties to various project leads. "Most of our games, before we ship them, we finish them several times. The Old Republic
, we're probably at that level or higher, in terms of hours," Zeschuk says.
Times have changed though, as both men acknowledge that today's BioWare is not the same company that made Neverwinter Nights
. "Way, way back, years ago, we didn't even consider those [commercial elements], we just made stuff," Zeschuk explains.