An anonymous Bioware Mythic employee, who refers to himself as EA Louse, has lashed out at the managers who were responsible for the development of the EA-operated MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Besides singling out specific producers, managers, and directors, EA Louse continues to predict that the MMORPG currently in development at Bioware Austin, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will become “one of the greatest failures in the history of MMOs from EA. Probably at the level of the Sims Online.”
Speaking about the development process of Warhammer Online, EA Louse states that the development of the game was doomed from the start, as it was run by unqualified directors. As a result, the developers were unable to polish the game as much as they would have wanted while still adhering to the deadlines set by publisher EA.
Aiming specifically at Bioware and Star Wars: The Old Republic, EA Louse indicates that the developer has “spent more money making the Old Republic than James Cameron spent on Avatar.” In the past, EA already confirmed that The Old Republic was the most expensive game that had ever developed. The Bioware Mythic employee continues to state that Bioware lacks previous experience in the development of MMORPGs, and that besides the voice-overs, “the game is a joke. EA knows it and so does George Lucas, they’re panicking, and so most of Mythic has already been cannibalized to work in Austin on it because they can’t keep pushing back launch.”
The poster indicates that he is posting this message as he has found out that he will lose his job in a round of layoffs that EA will be conducting in November, but that he wishes to maintain his anonymity to preserve his paychecks. The message from EA Louse can be found here.