BioWare will turn out the forum lights on August 26, giving thousands of users a window of time to share their goodbyes.
Video game companies are so anxious to maintain avenues of conversation with the players these days that it’s uncommon to see one closing such an avenue. Yet such seems to be the case with BioWare, as the company is announcing plans to close down the official community forums. Citing a preference for social media over more traditional platforms like forums, BioWare will turn out the forum lights on August 26, giving thousands of users a window of time to share their goodbyes.
Oddly, the secondary reason for closing the official forums is rather blunt. BioWare employees seemingly just don’t care enough to make the time for it anymore:
“With so many great things so widely available, our developers today find themselves spending more time on other sites, and less time in our own forums. And to our fans and players who came to those boards looking to talk to us, it was a great disservice. So it is with a heavy heart that we will close our public forums on August 26, 2016. We will maintain some private boards, and may use these in future for beta feedback or other special projects.”
BioWare will also maintain the forums in a read-only state until October 25, so community members can copy or collect their old posts, friends’ information or just reminisce about better times in the forum. That being said, not every BioWare forum will close down; the Star Wars: The Old Republic forums will remain live.
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