The Bioware forums will be shutting down on August 26, according to a statement made earlier today by Bioware. The reason for the shutdown is apparently because of the increased importance that many fans place on various other social media websites such as Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, and Twitter, and are thus more efficient avenues for Bioware to communicate with fans.
The Bioware forums were originally intended to allow Bioware to communicate with their fans. The forums were divided into the various areas about the games that Bioware had developed, which included Dragon Age and Mass Effect, two of their more well-known properties.
Bioware’s lead community manager Conel Pierse says that with Bioware employees and fans spending more time on the other social media sites rather than the Bioware forums, the forums have now become redundant.
The Bioware forums have over 20 million posts and half a million members, but none of those 500,000 Bioware fans will be able to post on the forums again once the forums go down.
Most of the various big names among Bioware’s employees already have their own Tumblr and Twitter pages, and the subreddits for Mass Effect and Dragon Age have around 50,000 and 100,000 subscribers, respectively. Official pages on Facebook for various games also have many people watching them.
Only one of the Bioware forums will remain in operation, and that is the forums for Star Wars: The Old Republic, the Star Wars MMO that Bioware is still running as a part of the alternate continuity of the old Star Wars expanded universe. The game will soon be releasing the second season of the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion.
The reason behind the Old Republic forums continuing to run is due to the forums being hosted on a separate website, and therefore they’re not technically part of the same forum setup.
So, if you’re looking to get news on your favorite Bioware series, you should probably look on Reddit or Twitter to get that news.