BioWare, the creators of games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, announced on its blog that they will be shutting down most of their forums. The only forum that will remain active is the Star Wars: The Old Republic forums, but all other public boards will be closed down.
Lead Community Manager Conal Pierse said that the decision to close down the forums was not an easy one. “In the past, our forums were the only way we could speak to you directly. They allowed our developers to talk with fans, and gave our players the opportunity to talk with each other about our games. But with the rise of social media and geek culture, there have never been more ways for us to connect.”
Pierse continued, saying that now most of their developers spend more time on other sites like Facebook and Twitter and less time in the forums. Since the forums were intended as a way for fans to connect with the developers, he said it was a disservice to those fans, because the developers often weren’t there to answer questions.
The forums will close on August 26, 2016. While they will maintain some private boards for things like beta feedback or special projects in the future, the rest will shut down. Come August 26, the boards will be in a read-only state until October 25, 2016, just in case the fans want to go back and save information. After that date they will be taken down completely.
Pierse ended the post by saying “While we are saying goodbye to this venue, we remain committed to our community and will always be here to listen, share, and support you. Online and in person, we will continue to seek out opportunities to interact and share in our combined love of games.”