Zeschuk leaves Star Wars: The Old Republic dev (Updated)

By John Keefer, Aug 10, 2012 7:30am PDT

BioWare doc Greg Zeschuk has left the Austin studio responsible for the struggling Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO to move back to Edmonton and spend more time with his family and think about other projects. His successor is already in place and Zeschuk will continue to work for publisher Electronic Arts.

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Zeschuk told Gamasutra that Matthew Bromberg, former head of Major League Gaming, is taking his place, which is supported by his LinkedIn profile.

"I handed off the leadership of the studio to Matthew Bromberg quite some time ago (back in May). Ray and I picked Matthew to take over and he's been doing a great job with the studio. 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."

An Electronic Arts representative told GamersGlobal (via Videogamer) that Zeschuk wanted to go back home for an extended vacation when the developer was reorganized back in May.

"Greg is still with EA," the EA rep said. "He's now back in Canada, taking time off and thinking about new projects. No change with [BioWare co-founder] Ray Muzyka."

GamersGlobal's sources also said the BioWare Austin team is afraid it may loses its BioWare identity and become EA Austin amid mounting "internal pressure." Subscriptions for The Old Republic have dropped below 1 million, and the game is going free-to-play to try to bring back many of the players that have moved on. While EA has said the game is still above the break-even point of 500,000 subscribers, it has termed the game's performance "disappointing."

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