The Good: BioWare has responded to (reasonable) player concerns about the Warden’s Keep DLC in Dragon Age being a monetary barrier between players and a storage chest by providing a new patch that gives every player a chest in their camp.
The Bad: Both Gamasutra and Kotaku have reported that EA just cut 1,500 jobs and the closure of several facilities as part of a cost reduction plan. We do know at this point that Mythic was hit with 80 layoffs as part of this. It’s a mind-blowing number of layoffs for this mega-publisher, and if you’re a Mythic — or even a BioWare — fan, it might not be unreasonable to worry about your product when this publisher continues to cut away staff positions like this.
The Ugly: Star Trek Online has officially announced their launch as the beginning of February 2010. Why is this ugly? Because I’m getting bad vibes from it: there’s been lackluster marketing, underwhelming interviews and in-game footage, the beta just started up a couple weeks ago, and Champions’ launch has shown us that Cryptic is more concerned with getting their products out there quickly than having them 100% ready. Still, hands-on impressions of the game have been more or less positive, and Champions is far from a total wash, so ugly it shall be until it proves otherwise. But I really feel as if this is too soon for the game.