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In unfortunate industry news, EA/BioWare has conducted a round of layoffs from their Austin studio primarily responsible for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Reports also emerged on Tuesday morning that the Austin office is laying off workers, but it’s unclear if this headcount reduction is part of the restructuring plan BioWare announced in May. Though its parent company Electronic Arts didn’t specify then how many employees would be affected, the publisher said those layoffs were necessary in order for the team to maintain and grow SWTOR.

This comes on the heels of the departure of executive producer Rich Vogel, although it isn’t clear of the departure and layoffs are related. Thanks to Gamasutra for the heads up!