As anyone who’s worked on multiple projects in any work environment can say, there comes a time where one must focus on one thing in particular, to provide the best results possible. This is true of any form of business, including the video game industry. It appears as though EA and BioWare are aware of this, and are putting their focus on addressing any and all problems with Star Wars: The Old Republic - which may lead to a delay for Dragon Age 3.
Only a day after we learned that The Old Republic‘s subscribers have dropped by a quarter since its launch, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said that he believes the response from EA and BioWare will cause Dragon Age 3‘s development to be delayed. The title was originally believed to have a release date of winter 2013, but may now be pushed back to 2014 because of this.
Pachter said that this was due to BioWare drawing talent from the Dragon Age team to help fix any bugs that had arisen in The Old Republic, as well as create new content to either draw in new players or bring back the ones that had left. It’s debatable whether or not this would be a good move, but Pachter remained positive, believing that EA could rebound from its poorer sales as of late.
We first caught wind of a possible Dragon Age 3 back in March, when BioWare revealed that they had cancelled a piece of Dragon Age 2 DLC to work on a “new project.” The commonly accepted theory from then on was that the new project was Dragon Age 3, which would certainly require a team’s full attention (at least if they want to do it right). With many gamers still disappointed by Dragon Age 2, and with BioWare promising to allow the player to make decisions that actually affect the game in Dragon Age 3, it stands to reason that dividing the team’s attention between that and another project would be an unwise move.
Having said that, one must wonder if focusing on The Old Republic over Dragon Age 3 is the right decision. It basically boils down to which will be more successful. Star Wars is an easily recognized name that has resulted in some excellent video games over the years, but the numbers indicate that people aren’t pleased with The Old Republic. Ignoring this could lead to the game’s downfall, but is it worth pushing another anticipated game further away? That said, as an MMO, The Old Republic is an investment (one with enormous potential) – since EA and BioWare can continue to charge people for the experience over a lengthy period of time.
Do you think BioWare made the right call here? What do you think The Old Republic could have improved?
Star Wars: The Old Republic is out now for the PC. Dragon Age 3 is believed to release some time in 2014.