Star Wars: The Old Republic's executive producer Rich Vogel has left BioWare after seven years with the company, most recently as vice president and executive producer.

Vogel was heavily involved in the development and support of SWTOR, which launched last December.

As of late, the game has haemorrhaged subscribers, and BioWare Austin is considering free-to-play options for the title.

Vogel has been in the game industry for more than 20 years; his credits include Meridian 59, Ultima Online, and Star Wars Galaxies.

In similar news, EA has confirmed that layoffs at BioWare Austin have been ongoing since it was announced that the studio would be undergoing restructuring and staff reductions back in May.

"As announced in May and detailed at E3, the BioWare Austin team is refining Star Wars: The Old Republic to continue to grow the game and the service," said a BioWare spokesperson.

"As with the launch of any MMO, the size and skillset of the teams needed to maintain the game is different than the ones that built it. Starting in May, there have been staff reductions in the BioWare Austin studio. Some people have been platooned to other projects at BioWare Austin and EA SPORTS/Austin. Others have been released - qualifying personnel receive severance and outplacement assistance."

"In the weeks ahead, we will announce plans for growing SWTOR with new content, new players and new ways to play."