BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk quits Old Republic dev BioWare Austin - report

UPDATE: Job "always planned to have a finite endpoint," Zeschuk explains.

UPDATE: Greg Zeschuk's role as General Manager at BioWare Austin was "always planned to have a finite endpoint", the company co-founder has explained to Gamasutra, addressing speculation around his departure.

"With regard to BioWare Austin, I handed off the leadership of the studio to Matthew Bromberg quite some time ago (back in May). Ray [Muzyka, BioWare co-founder] and I picked Matthew to take over and he's been doing a great job with the studio."

Zeschuk also affirmed his continued presence within BioWare as a whole.

ORIGINAL STORY: "My time in Austin was always planned to have a finite endpoint (my family was still living in Edmonton throughout my time in Austin) and now that I've handed the baton to Matt I will be able to spend more time on a wider range of BioWare games rather than focusing on just one as I did with SWTOR."

BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk has resigned his post as General Manager of BioWare Austin, the studio behind struggling MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.

That's according to a report by German site GamersGlobal, who noticed the change on Zeschuk's LinkedIn profile.

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Zeschuk is still listed as "BioWare Co-Founder", although his profile makes no mention of any other replacement position. BioWare owner EA would not comment on the matter, simply stating that Zeschuk would remain part of the larger EA machine.

"When Greg Zeschuk announced the reorganisation of BWA in May, he outlined his plan to return to his family in Edmonton for a much deserved vacation," an EA spokesperson explained.

The identity of Zeschuk's successor was decided on at the same time: the Star Wars: The Old Repbulic studio will now be headed up by Matt Bromberg, previously CEO of Major League Gaming.

"Greg also announced the new GM of BioWare Austin and Old Republic, Matt Bromberg," EA's statement continued. "Greg is still with EA. He's now back in Canada, taking time off and thinking about new projects. No change with [fellow BioWare co-founder] Ray Muzyka."

BioWare has recently faced a string of troubles, including lower-than-expected subscriber numbers for Star Wars: The Old Republic. The MMO will move to a free-to-play business model this autumn.

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