A disgruntled EA employee who has discovered that he or she will become redundant in November has published a savage assault on his or her former employer heaping criticism on the company for Warhammer Online and calling Star Wars: The Old Republic “a joke.”
In an anonymous blog post “EA Louse” writes of The Old Republic “Old Republic will be one of the greatest failures in the history of MMOs from EA. Probably at the level of the Sims Online. We all know it too...”
Of the game’s developer, BioWare, the blogger says, “Don’t make me laugh. They’ve spent more money making the Old Republic than James Cameron spent on Avatar. Shit you not. More than $ 300 million! Can you believe that?
“And you know what they’re most proud of? This is the kicker. They are most proud of the sound. No seriously. Something like a 20Gig installation, and most of it is voiceover work. That’s the best they have. The rest of 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.”
EA has yet to respond but other industry figures, including Eat Sleep Play’s David Jaffe, the studio behind God of War, has launched into the anonymous blogger. In his own blog, Jaffe writes, “What the f*ck is it about making games where it brings out the worst, most immature, most obnoxious sides of certain types of people on a team? Everyone thinks they always know better than the people in charge.
“On God of War 1 I still remember a small group of hard core gamers on the team that felt we were making the game 'wrong' because there was not all this deep, deep, Street Fighter 2/Tekken style depth to the combat system. 'Jaffe's out of touch!' 'Jaffe doesn't get it!'... never did it occur to them that we were going for something else... even tho I explained this to them over and over!
“But still, every few weeks I could count on this little contingency being up in the studio head's office pitching 'their' version of the game, with the goal being to have the head step in - which he never did - and shove their ideas into the title. F*ck it annoys me!”
Star Wars: The Old Republic is due out early next year. Gameplanet went hands on with the game at E3 in Los Angeles this year, writing, “Wow. With one lowercase 'w', not the other capital-loaded sort.”