BioWare San Francisco shut down, employees laid off

BioWare San Francisco has been shut down and its 25 to 30 employees laid off, a source within the company tells us. The studio, formerly known as EA2D, was best known for developing Dragon Age: Legends for Facebook as well as the browser-based Mirror's Edge 2D.

The studio, which focused on social and mobile games, was brought under the BioWare label in August 2011. Our source tells us Electronic Arts found it was "too expensive" to do mobile development in Redwood Shores, CA.

We've reached out to Electronic Arts for comment on the reports and will update this article with any response.

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  • PatHan-bHai - March 6, 2013 8:34 a.m.

  • BladedFalcon - March 4, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    GO EA GO! YOU'RE ON THE EXTREME FAST LANE TO OVERTAKE ACTIVISION AS THE DOUCHIEST COMPANY EVER! *sigh* Man, to think the company looked like it was turning a new leaf and making an actual effort back in 2008 -.-
  • MadMan - March 4, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    They already have that crown.
  • BladedFalcon - March 4, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    Not really, even if they no longer are trying to push out any new, original IPs out there, at least you can argue there's still some quality behind games such as Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3. And despite the whole thing with the ending, ME3 was still an overall great game. Activision on the other hand, has pretty much devolved in the company whose only redeemable products are Call of Duty (which is being milked the hell out of, with technically acceptable yearly iterations that nevertheless bring nothing new to the table anymore.) and World of Warcraft (Which is becoming less and less relevant as it gets older and without any real improvement aside from an expansion here and there.) Everything else they offer nowadays though, is either forgettably mediocre, or downright awful. No matter how bad and EA is getting, they've yet to push products that looks horrible and without any redeeming qualities whatsoever like Activision does, and you need look no further than that, than to just give a glance to their upcoming Walking Dead Shooter.
  • shawksta - March 4, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    They never did, just a moment of "wait wait wait! look! There's hope.....aaah no, false alarm"
  • BladedFalcon - March 4, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    Still better than never even having that moment. Activision hasn't done anything worth crap ever since that asshole Bobby Kotick has sit on the CEO chair. (And yes, I know that CoD4 came out when he was already the chairman, but that was less his merit than it was West and Zampella's team... Before he promptly fired them because he didn't want to pay them.)
  • Bloodstorm - March 4, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    I think this is more a signs of mobile/social gaming than EA.
  • SirManguydude - March 4, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    A step away from Mobile gaming is a step away from Micro-Transactions.

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