The rumor mill is in overdrive this Sunday evening with the surfacing of this report on GamersGlobal claiming that BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have either left the company or will be exiting the development studio in the near future. This has led to discussion on both the BioWare forums and the SWTOR forums, though neither one provides anything more concrete to the story. Considering how sparse the two have been in recent months, though, it wouldn't surprise me if there's at least some serious turmoil going on behind the scenes:
Star Wars - The Old Republic is suffering from a shrinking subscriber base. An optional switch to F2P in autumn is supposed to turn things around. And in May, for the second time, several employees of Bioware Austin have been let go in a "restructuring effort". Another bad news could be that Bioware founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka might have left Bioware or could be in the process of leaving – possibly because of the limited success of the MMO that started as a challenger of WoW.
A trustworthy source has been told by an employee of Bioware Austin yesterday that neither Greg Zeschuk nor Ray Muzyka have been present at a Bioware Company Meeting in Austin, Texas, just a few days ago. The employee claimed that this has not been the case before at such a meeting. The six others members of Bioware Austin's leadership have been there. Also, Greg Zeschuk has not been seen for several weeks now, the Bioware Austin employee claims.
There are supposed to be internal rumours at Bioware Austin that Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have left Bioware. According to our source, some employees at Bioware Austin fear that the company will be transformed into EA Austin.
Please note that this news is a rumour without any official confirmation.
So if Ray and Greg left to form another company, where would your allegiance lie?