Hard knock life.
MMOs, people are finding out with the Project Copernicus debacle, are difficult to make and manage. Bioware has spoken in an interview with PC Gamer about the creation of the Old Republic, as well as the recent layoffs.
"The MMO is the toughest part of the game industry without a doubt, and we live in tough economic times in general. [...] We have a large development team still, definitely one of the biggest in the industry, and we have a very complete and detailed plan for the rest of the year."