Electronic Arts company will transfer support to Star Wars: The Old Republic is an external studio. The relevant transaction should be completed this month.
According to IGN, the development of new content for MMORPGs will be transferred from BioWare studio to Broadsword Online Games, which already has experience working with EA on classic MMO Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot.
The founder and head of Broadsword Online Games is Rob Denton, a former vice president of BioWare, who in the past was also the founder of the studio Mythic Entertainment, owned by EA.
It is noted that the core development team of The Old Republic has about 70-80 people, and more than half of them are expected to move to Broadsword.
The rest will have the opportunity to find work in other divisions of EA, but otherwise they may face the prospect of dismissal.
The changes will not affect the release of Patch 7.3 and the next Star Wars PvP season: The Old Republic.
The game will continue to receive content updates and will continue to be published by EA, while BioWare will focus its resources on single-player games, such as the upcoming Dragon Age: Dreadwolf and Mass Effect 5.
EA confirmed negotiations with Broadsword, noting that it is currently evaluating opportunities to provide the game and its team with the best opportunities for further growth and development.