EA’s Old Republic – gaming’s smelly Wookie?

Bioware’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on the original Xbox was a brilliant, brilliant, game. If one disgruntled anonymous EA worker going by the name of EA Louse is to believed, the upcoming PC-only MMO Star Wars: Old Republic is a disaster waiting to happen.

They started their rant – which you can read on their blog here – by having a pop about Warhammer Online‘s development.

“I found out recently that I will be dismissed from Bioware Mythic during the next round of layoffs EA coming this November. I’m sick of seeing EA outsource their art and find every excuse to get rid of us and still not achieve anything. Mythic is dying, and it’s not us who killed him but we’re taking the fall.”

However, upon turning their attention to the upcoming Star Wars release, EA Louse adds:

“And Bioware? Don’t make me laugh. They’ve spent more money making the Old Republic than James Cameron spent on Avatar. Shit you not. More than $300 million! And you know what they’re most proud of? This is the kicker. They are most proud of the sound. No seriously. Something like a 20Gig installation and most of it is voiceover work. That’s the best they have. The rest of the game is a joke. EA knows it and so does George Lucas, they’re panicking and so most of Mythic has already been cannibalized to work in Austin on it because they can’t keep pushing back launch.”

He then continued by giving his soon to be ex-employer a good kicking:

“Old Republic will be one of the greatest failures in the history of MMOs from EA. Probably at the level of the Sims Online. We all know it too.”

Shocking, really. EA can’t be too keen on outbursts like this.