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General: Rich Vogel to Head New Austin Studio

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,595MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Bethesda Softworks has announced the formation of a new studio in Austin, Texas. Called "Battlecry Studios", the development team will be headed by ex-BioWare/SWTOR veteran Rich Vogel. The team is working on an as-yet unannounced project.

Most recently, Vogel worked at Bioware where he served as the executive producer on the development of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Rich has a long history in the industry having worked on Ultima Online, and Star Wars Galaxies as well as other online and console titles during his 20+ years in game development. The new studio is currently hiring other experienced game developers to fill key roles for an unannounced project.

Source: Email Press Release

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  • LoktofeitLoktofeit Stone Mountain, GAPosts: 13,647Member Uncommon
    Yes!

    There isn't a "right" or "wrong" way to play, if you want to use a screwdriver to put nails into wood, have at it, simply don't complain when the guy next to you with the hammer is doing it much better and easier. - Allein
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  • SlothnChunkSlothnChunk Kansas City, MOPosts: 460Member Uncommon
    Fallout Online?
  • JonokuJonoku Cool, PAPosts: 645Member
    yes! he left cause of EA :D

    Looking at: The Repopulation
    Preordering: None
    Playing: Random Games

  • kishekishe aitooPosts: 1,978Member Uncommon
    Guess this company will be Bethesdas "plan b" when elder scrolls online fails.
  • DeaconXDeaconX Toronto, ONPosts: 3,067Member
    Well, not like he was the creative lead or anything but... I hope whatever he's onto will be more interesting and forward-thinking than SWTOR turned out to be.

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    Why do I write, create, fantasize, dream and daydream about other worlds? Because I hate what humanity does with this one.

    BOYCOTTING EA / ORIGIN going forward.

  • CujoSWAoACujoSWAoA Nooo, AKPosts: 1,781Member
    I wonder how much the guy 9in the Jedi costume behind him got paid to do that.  Stand there in a goofy costume... Thats some decent work right there, lol.
  • UkiahUkiah Austin, TXPosts: 273Member
    Watch who he hires. If it's a ton of ex-BW/SWTOR devs...... /fail.
  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORPosts: 5,565Member Uncommon

    Future news article from 2017:

    Rich Vogel leaves the video game industry.....

  • RefMinorRefMinor MyTownPosts: 3,452Member
    You say executive producer of SWTOR as if that's a good point!
  • Mike-McQueenMike-McQueen Enfield, CTPosts: 243Member
    Something tells me it's a sandbox

    I'm a unique and beautiful snowflake.

  • JonokuJonoku Cool, PAPosts: 645Member
    a fail or not the unnannouced project, it better be sci-fi at the least.

    Looking at: The Repopulation
    Preordering: None
    Playing: Random Games

  • Leviathon77Leviathon77 Mesa, AZPosts: 34Member
    I would never bash BioWare devs being hired on en masse. Don't forget that a lot of the game you experience with big publishers attatched comes down to the publishers' expectations on their bottom line and less on the developers' visions for their projects. We see this happen with more MMOs than any other genre IMO....well, if you subtract IP based games quickly developed for a side by side release with the movie for which they are based on.
  • DrakxiiDrakxii Waxahachie, TXPosts: 594Member

    Ah nothing like the good old business practice of hiring people that continue to support failed business models.

    I will not play a game with a cash shop ever again. A dev job should be to make the game better not make me pay so it sucks less.

  • DauzqulDauzqul Detroit, MIPosts: 1,402Member Uncommon
    Exec Producer of SWTOR? Why are people saying, "yes"?
  • kb056kb056 redford, MIPosts: 423Member Common
    Unless he has $50-100 Millions in finance and plans to recreate SWG, it will be a failure.
  • OrdnasseloOrdnasselo Syracuse, NYPosts: 12Member

    Maybe the ex-producer title is a good thing.  I think, maybe, that it adds to the work experience and seeing of how such a big name company/big IP doesn't always make the game the company was hoping for. 

    Who knows, by being involved in such a recent big hype game, some caution flags may come up and and some creative thinking may come into effect.

  • ComanComan Hattem, AKPosts: 2,032Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by mmoDAD
    Exec Producer of SWTOR? Why are people saying, "yes"?

    Because many people can still actually look passed someone last archivements? Beside that simply because the game failed does not mean he is a bad developer. I mean I am sure not all programmers (if any) working on SWOTOR are actually bad programmers. In fact I guess most of them are part of the best games programmers you can find.

  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Nevada, MOPosts: 2,732Member

    Couple this with the announcement that Erickson is leaving (without a new job, no less) and it means..........something.

     

    Can't put my finger on it, but it means something.......

    I want a mmorpg where people have gone through misery, have gone through school stuff and actually have had sex even. -sagil

  • UkiahUkiah Austin, TXPosts: 273Member
    Originally posted by Leviathon77
    I would never bash BioWare devs being hired on en masse. Don't forget that a lot of the game you experience with big publishers attatched comes down to the publishers' expectations on their bottom line and less on the developers' visions for their projects. We see this happen with more MMOs than any other genre IMO....well, if you subtract IP based games quickly developed for a side by side release with the movie for which they are based on.

    I reject your reality and  substitute my own where I remind you that a number of Mythic devs who work on and were 'responsible' for the mess that was Warhammer Online were absorbed into BW and worked on SWTOR where they immediately pushed their broken philosophy of pvp. It was as successful in SWTOR as it was in Warhammer Online. I'll let someone else make clever remarks about turds and punchbowls.

  • UkiahUkiah Austin, TXPosts: 273Member
    Originally posted by WhiteLantern

    Couple this with the announcement that Erickson is leaving (without a new job, no less) and it means..........something.

     

    Can't put my finger on it, but it means something.......

    It means he was a dickbag and karma's an unforgiving mistress.

  • YolenYolen ZgierzPosts: 14Member
    Originally posted by cahenderson
    Originally posted by WhiteLantern

    Couple this with the announcement that Erickson is leaving (without a new job, no less) and it means..........something.

     

    Can't put my finger on it, but it means something.......

    It means he was a dickbag and karma's an unforgiving mistress.

    Ya but Zeshuk and Muzyka left also. Douchebag or no douchebag - Bioware is bleeding human assets. Thank EA for killing great company:P

  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,987Member Uncommon

    Well, at least he's standing up, kicking the dirt off from SWTOR and going forward with something new.

    Better than running a Beer Blog or whatever other former MMO directors are doing.

     

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,183Member Uncommon
    Yeah, he did such a bang up job on SWTOR.....
  • UkiahUkiah Austin, TXPosts: 273Member
    Originally posted by Yolen
    Originally posted by cahenderson
    Originally posted by WhiteLantern

    Couple this with the announcement that Erickson is leaving (without a new job, no less) and it means..........something.

     

    Can't put my finger on it, but it means something.......

    It means he was a dickbag and karma's an unforgiving mistress.

    Ya but Zeshuk and Muzyka left also. Douchebag or no douchebag - Bioware is bleeding human assets. Thank EA for killing great company:P

    Oh, I wouldn't say they were "assets".

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