BioWare has announced a new remote hiring policy that it says will boost diversity in its workforce. The company revealed the new strategy, which includes a detailed job posting process and an open call for volunteers to test the system.
“I think what we’re going to see is a lot more of the “Legacy of the Sith” story and that’s going to be really cool. We want people to play through this game, get invested in it and then come back later and see how things have changed.”
The year 2021 was not kind to BioWare. Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah left at the end of 2020, followed by Jonathan Warner in 2021; Anthem and Anthem Next were shelved; and Mass Effect multiplayer was abandoned. Legacy of the Sith, the first expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic in decades, was substantially delayed until the end of 2021. So, what are the company’s plans?
Gary McKay, Hudson’s successor, has written a public letter today addressing this issue. McKay acknowledged the pandemic’s difficulties, mentioning BioWare’s decision to hire remote employees “anywhere in North America.”
“As we go ahead with a hybrid approach to work, we’ll face new problems, and we’ll be focusing on new technology to assist enhance cooperation and communication between onsite and remote employees.” We’ve also changed our recruiting practices: before, we exclusively looked for individuals willing to move to Austin and Edmonton; today, we’re seeking for fresh talent from anywhere in North America, and we’ll meet them where they reside.”
While McKay’s passion for BioWare titles is centered on Mass Effect and Dragon Age, he does mention SWTOR: Legacy of the Sith, despite the fact that it was delayed two months when he states it would be released on February 15th. “We’re on the verge of releasing a new expansion that will give gamers additional fighting style options, a new narrative that will take you back to the deep depths of Manaan and the abandoned Sith castle on the planet Elom, and much more,” he adds. “Everything kicks out in February, and we’ll keep you updated throughout the year.” We are quite happy of having built a game that has been operating for 10 years with great success.”
Finally, McKay emphasizes that BioWare is “laser-focused” on regaining the gaming community’s confidence, and that he feels the team has enough backing from EA to “deliver.”
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The “bioware new game” is a new game that will be released by BioWare in the future. The company’s boss has talked about how this game will be different from other games, and how it will have a “Legacy of the Sith.”
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