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Laid-off EA dev: Old Republic "is a joke"

David Jaffe responds: stop whining.

A disgruntled EA employee about to fall victim to lay-offs has published a vicious diatribe against their employer, claiming, among other things, that forthcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic will be a disaster.

In an anonymous blog post, the art worker at EA's BioWare Mythic studio, wrote, "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."

The blogger goes on to claim that BioWare has, "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 cannibalised to work in Austin on it because they can't keep pushing back launch."

BioWare Mythic's Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning MMO also comes under fire. "The project leaders did not know what they were doing. Jeff Hickman was the saddest excuse for a producer I've seen. All he did was drink the Koolaid and suck up to the right people."

The post has clearly got a number of figures in the industry riled up, including Eat Sleep Play's David Jaffe.

The God of War creator posted a response on his own blog: "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!"

A spokesperson for EA told Eurogamer, "We don't respond to rumors or anonymous blogs."

Star Wars: The Old Republic is due for release on PC in early 2011.

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