EA restructures RPG and MMO divisions, merges Mythic and BioWare
Mythic Entertainment co-founder Mark Jacobs resigns from company
EA is to restructure its RPG and MMO games development studios, creating a new group to include both Mythic and BioWare. This newly formed group is to be led by Ray Muzyka, co-founder and former general manager of BioWare.
It has also been confirmed that Mark Jacobs, co-founder and general manager of Mythic, will be leaving his role with immediate effect.
"We thank Mark for his contributions at Mythic and wish him the very best going forward. Mark played a major part in the success of Mythic with his contribution as general manager and lead designer of WAR," said the company in a statement.
Mythic Entertainment, purchased by EA in 2006, is best known for the Dark Age of Camelot games and recent Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, on which Jacobs played a major part as both general manager and lead designer.
BioWare, founded in 1995 by Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip, has created a string of titles including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect and joined with EA in 2007.
In addition to Ray Muzyka's appointment as group general manager of EA's new studio group, BioWare's second still-serving co-founder Greg Zeschuk has been given the role of group creative officer. Mythic's Rob Denton - who previously ran the day-to-day management of the studio as its COO - will step up the role of Mythic general manager.