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Come to the Dark Side

Published by under Swtor Comic on Aug. 02. 2012.

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Some of you may know this, but the announcement that SWTOR is going free to play was made by Jeff Hickman. At the same time we found out that Jeff Hickman took Rich Vogel’s place as Executive Producer of SWTOR. Let me explain something. Rich Vogel was the game. That is how they presented the man at the fansite summit. Jeff Hickam was presented at the same summit as the guy that will be in charge of the game operating smoothly, because of his previous experience with Warhammer Online launch and operation (his title was “Executive Producer of Live Services”). He was basically in charge of the technical side of things and making sure the game launches smooth and operates smooth. Whether he is the one responsible for the decision to have so many servers at launch with such low pop limit is unknown.

What else you need to know about him is that Jeff Hickman is famous for being the Executive producer of another EA operated MMORPG title – Warhammer Online. Yes, that is the same man that was in charge of another biggest failure in the history of MMOs. He was there for WAR launch, operation and ultimate failure. He is the only person that survived through the cuts in the upper management and was later moved from Mythic to Bioware, Austin.

I made the photoshop of Jeff Hickman as Palpatine a little over a year ago. Right after I came back from the fansite summit where they introduced Jeff Hickman for the first time. I did that after I did some research about the man and came across the now famous EA Louse insider blog post. EA Louse was this disgruntled employee at Mythic, who worked on Warhammer Online and was about to get fired. He made a blog post explaining in his opinion why WAR failed and what was happening at the company at the time. This is what he had to say about Jeff Hickman:

First, the project leaders did not know what they were doing. Jeff Hickman was the saddest excuse for a producer I’ve seen. All he did was drink the Koolaid and suck up to the right people. He was the perfect yes-man, and this reached down to almost all managers.


That is why the photoshop image of Jeff Palpatine came to be. I never in a million years thought I would have a chance to use it. How a guy that is in charge of Live Services could get to the position of the Executive Producer for the whole game with all those good people that lived and breathed SWTOR in Bioware, Austin is beyond me. But, here we are and here is the Palpatine comic, starring Jeff Hickman.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Come to the Dark Side”

  1. Kageakion 03 Aug 2012 at 7:45 am

    Sad to see this happen to SWTOR 🙁

  2. Mickeyon 03 Aug 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t see the game going F2P as a bad thing. The game isn’t changing for subscription players except we get more stuff. What is going to change is that the game is going to attract alot more players. I’ve already had several of my friends who said they are going to play now that it is free. Once they get into it and if they really enjoy it as much as I do maybe they will fire up subscriptions as well. More players is a good thing. I’ve been playing online games since Ultima Online came out. One thing I have noticed over the years is that the genre of online gaming has attracted whiners and haters of an unbelievable proportion. The only thing I can figure out is that this has been a product of the “gimme generation” of kids that are growing up now. They want everything, they want it now, and they don’t want to work for it. Look at the state of our real world. Do you really expect our fake world to be any better. These type of people are the most vocal in the forums and they are ruining everything they are part of in my opinion.

  3. disappointedswtorplyron 19 Aug 2012 at 3:39 am

    I am not sorry for what’s happening.. sooner it dies, sooner we will have a chance to get a real star wars mmo.

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