BioWare, developer of the Mass Effect trilogy and the upcoming Star Wars MMOG The Old Republic, has insisted that the suggestion that its day-to-day operations are controlled by EA are "not remotely true."
Speaking to Eurogamer, co-founder Dr. Greg Zeschuk said: "One thing we see is when fans don't like something we do, they put in the comments: 'Oh those EA guys, they're making BioWare do…' and I always chuckle because we are EA, we're BioWare – we're both, and we still have huge autonomy in terms of what we do.
"We're not being forced to do anything or told to do anything. We make the decisions. We take input. It's just funny when people say that, because it's not actually remotely true."
Zeschuk does, however, admit that he and co-founder Dr Ray Muzyka are more mindful of the realities of business than before EA bought BioWare's parent company VG Holding Corp in 2007. "We think a lot more about the commercial elements than we used to," he said.
"We're this funny combination where we understand the commercial pieces but we're also willing to take risks that we think are sensible – and we're willing to take risks that may seem kind of crazy. We're still driven to a certain degree by that intuition we had back in the day."