談談 Mythic 和 Bioware 合併這事

由 Mythic 製作的《戰鎚online》才剛在台灣正式開始營運,不過海外卻傳來了 Mythic 和 Bioware 合併的消息。

對於這款才正在台灣起步,但是美國已經正式營運一段時間的遊戲。發生這樣的事情,自然是會引起不少人的注意。

在這則官方宣佈的消息中是這樣寫的:

Mythic and Bioware Form New MMO/RPG Group

Today we have important news to share with the community. EA is restructuring its RPG and MMO games development into a new group that includes both Mythic and BioWare. This newly formed team will be led by Ray Muzyka, co-founder and General Manager of BioWare. With this change, Ray becomes Group General Manager of the new  RPG/MMO studio group. BioWare’s other co-founder, Greg Zeschuk will become Group Creative Officer for the new RPG/MMO studio group. Rob Denton will step up as General Manager of Mythic and report to Ray. BioWare’s studios remain unchanged and continue to report to Ray.

Mark Jacobs, co-founder and current General Manager of Mythic, will leave EA on June 23, 2009. We thank Mark for his contributions at Mythic and wish him the very best going forward. Mark played a major part in the success of Mythic with his contribution as General Manager and Lead Designer of WAR.

Mythic retains a strong team led by Rob who co-founded Mythic in 1995. Rob played a critical role in the development of Dark Age of Camelot. In his previous role as COO, he was responsible for all day-to-day management of the studio including all development, operations and support.

Please join us in celebrating the union of these two award-winning studios.

簡單的說,就是 EA 將旗下的 Mythic 和 Bioware 這兩個工作室合併,合併後的新單位的負責人,由 Bioware 的 Ray Muzyka 擔任。至於創立 Mythic 的 Mark Jacobs 已經於 6 月 23 日離開了EA ,之後關於 Mythic 的相關事務則是由 Rob Denton 接替並且向 Ray 報告。

從 EA 以往的歷史來看,這樣的組合銀狐會推測因為《戰鎚 Online》的成績不佳,所以 EA 開始做人力資源的重新規劃,將 Mythic 和 Bioware 這兩個團體結合,為了未來 Bioware 未上市的遊戲努力。

至於《戰鎚 Online》 ,從它推出時的聲勢浩大,到現在看得出遊戲有不少問題。這些問題,導致玩家的人數大量的下滑,在國外的伺服器也早就進行大規模的合併動作,未來,這款遊戲很有可能被 EA 放棄,或是只用少量的人力去維護放在那邊等死。

長久以來,國內某些只玩歐美遊戲的玩家總有一種優越感,認為自己玩歐美的線上遊戲高人一等,對於韓國、台灣或是大陸遊戲看不上眼。

其實遊戲就是遊戲,只要它能夠帶給玩家足夠的娛樂,是那來的又有什麼關係?就算是某些玩家批評得一無是處的某些韓國線上遊戲,有很多玩家也是在這些遊戲中找得到自己所要的娛樂。遊戲是那一國設計的,又有什麼關係?

就好像電影,有動作片、喜劇片、恐怖片、藝術片,你總不會因為自己只喜歡看藝術片,就認為其他種類的影片沒有存在的必要吧?每個人有每個人的喜好,只要能帶給觀眾娛樂,是那一種影片又怎樣?