BioWare has “huge autonomy” from EA

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 02:46 GMT

Despite turning BioWare into a label all of its own, EA isn’t holding the leash very tightly.

“We still have huge autonomy in terms of what we do,” studio co-founder Greg Zeschuk told Eurogamer.

“We’re not being forced to do anything or told to do anything. We make the decisions. We take input.”

Zeschuk said that it’s “not actually remotely true” that BioWare answers to EA, while fellow founder Ray Muzyka said the developer has to please itself and its fans first and foremost.

“We’re responsible for the quality of the content and games we release, and we’re committed to try and always take feedback really seriously from our fans and be humble about how we take it – use it to make the next games better,” he said.

“You’re only as good as your next game, and that’s the way we’ve always felt. We’re tying to make a fun experience for the fans. They’re one of our key stake holders and we have to deliver and exceed their expectations.”

The pair joked that while BioWare puts forth proposals for EA’s greenlighting process, its projects are pretty much pre-approved.

“It’s like, OK, are you not going to green-light Mass Effect 3? Like, really? You know what I mean.”

Thanks, Blue.

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