“To meet the needs of our upcoming projects, continue to hold ourselves to the highest quality standards, and ensure that BioWare can continue to thrive in a rapidly evolving industry, we must shift to a leaner, more focused studio.” McKay wrote. “As part of this transition, we are eliminating approximately 50 positions at BioWare.”
News of the layoffs comes as BioWare is in the midst of developing the next mass effect title and Dragon Age: Scary Wolf. BioWare announced scary wolf back in 2018 (known then only as Dragon Age 4) before going silent for two years. Then, during Gamescom 2020, BioWare released a short behind-the-scenes video that showed snippets of concept art and included a message from the developers about progress. scary wolf continued at a good pace. Later that year, fans were treated to a brief, detailed trailer that showcased the game’s eponymous villain… and that’s about it. There has been no news about this game, no gameplay, no new concept art, no information about the protagonist or his companions in three years.
McKay wrote that BioWare is working to help affected employees find jobs at other EA subsidiaries. He was also quick to assure fans that the layoffs would better position the company to continue development. scary wolf.
“Let me make it clear that our dedication to the game has never wavered,” McKay wrote. “We trust that we will have the necessary time to guarantee scary wolf reach their full potential.”
But with BioWare’s hemorrhage of talent and a lack of substantial updates on game progress, it’s really hard to see how.