Dragon Age and Mass Effect studio BioWare has laid off approximately 50 employees from the company as it undergoes a restructure. The developer put out a statement yesterday confirming the news, stating that BioWare “must shift towards a more agile and more focused studio.” This comes ahead of the release of Dragon Age: Dreadwolf and the next untitled Mass Effect game which are currently in development at the studio.
BioWare general manager Gary McKay posted the update in a recent blog post, stating that the priority was to reorganise its teams as Electronic Arts rethinks its approach to game development. As a result, this led to a portion of job cuts in the company, though the terminated roles weren’t disclosed in the post. McKay also stated that this was necessary in order to ensure that Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is “an outstanding game” at launch as well as ensuring the success of the next Mass Effect.
An excerpt from BioWare’s blog post reads:
“In order to meet the needs of our upcoming projects, continue to hold ourselves to the highest standard of quality, and ensure BioWare can continue to thrive in an industry that’s rapidly evolving, we must shift towards a more agile and more focused studio. It will allow our developers to iterate quickly, unlock more creativity, and form a clear vision of what we’re building before development ramps up.”
McKay continues to say that this restructuring ensures BioWare can focus on building strong single-player experiences, which is a surprise considering EA’s past of pushing multiplayer in the studio’s games. It sounds like BioWare might be doubling down on its strengths in single-player games, leading many to believe that the lay offs were potentially linked to multiplayer roles at the studio. The statement continues:
“After much consideration and careful planning, we have built a long-term vision that will preserve the health of the studio and better enable us to do what we do best: create exceptional story-driven single-player experiences filled with vast worlds and rich characters. This vision balances the current needs of the studio—namely, ensuring Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is an outstanding game—with its future, including the success of the next Mass Effect.”
Dragon Age: Dreadwolf was missing from EA’s release plans until mid-2024, suggesting that the anticipated RPG will only launch towards the second half of next year. The next Mass Effect, despite receiving a reveal trailer back in 2021, is still shrouded in mystery. We’ve pieced together everything we know so far about the next space adventure.