BioWare Co-Founders Retire

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BioWare Co-Founders Retire

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BioWare co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka are leaving the company.

The last couple of years have been rough on BioWare, but even so, the news that Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka are retiring from the company they founded 17 years ago is a shock.

"The decision to leave the videogame industry is hard to explain, but essentially I feel similar now to how I felt in the early days of BioWare over the decade post-medical school, while I was still practicing as an ER physician, back when I first realized that the world of videogames was my next career 'chapter'," Muzyka wrote in a farewell blog post. "Two wonderful decades working at BioWare and later EA was the result of that decision. It's not often that you can truly say you were able to pursue and achieve your dream job; I know how lucky I am to be able to say that now, in my early 40s."

"After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I've decided it's time to move on and pursue something new. This decision isn't without significant pain and regret, but it's also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family," Zeschuk said in his own goodbye. "I've reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation. For the people I have had the privilege of working with, however, my passion burns as brightly as it did the day we started. The people I work with now, and that I have worked with in the past, have inspired me and really made all of the challenges we've collectively faced over the years worthwhile."

Muzyka said he intends to become more involved with educational, health care and animal rights charities, while Zeschuk said he wants to pursue some "personal passion-driven projects related to craft beer." Alas, we shouldn't expect a return to the business of making games from either of them anytime soon; Zeschuk in particular said there's a "strong possibility" that he won't ever be back.

Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic inspired a lot of heated discussion across the internet, but you simply cannot overstate the impact that Zeschuk and Muzyka had on the industry. From Baldur's Gate to Mass Effect 3, they rejuvenated and reshaped the RPG genre as we know it, leaving it far better and stronger than they found. For that, gentlemen, and everything else: Thank you.

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They saw what their company was turning into.
My hat goes off to you, Greg and Ray.

Welp, this is a sad day. I'm sort of wondering if they're bailing ship due to all the negative feedback they've been getting lately.

It was Baldur's Gate that turned my little hobby, my little fun thing to do, in to a full fledged passion. To 1998 Baby Tea: Baldur's Gate showed that games could be powerful, expansive, emotional, fun, and everything a good book could be. Baldur's Gate 2, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Dragon Age: These games are the ones I remember most, are the ones I still play today. Both these guys will be fondly remembered. I'll be playing Baldur's Gate tonight in celebration of their work, and what they showed me gaming could be.

Thanks for the games, guys. Sad to see you go.

And there we go. The transition to EA subsidiary is complete.

Farewell old friend.

Thanks for making the genre what it was a few years ago.

Damn you for making it what it is today.

Well, there goes Bioware, it was nice knowing you.

Thanks for the games guys.

Oh do grow up. Already with the conspiracy theories and cries for what darkness is to come?

I wish them both the very best in their new pursuits, and I thank them for their contribution to games. I think that's really all that needs to be said.

i don't expect creatives such as these to retire at 40 and i don't expect people "generally" to make real retirement decisions individually...

i think they've maybe looked at the EA & Activision situations, maybe looked at the kickstarter situation, maybe looked at new indy games or independent games like the Witcher 2...ye

anyway i'll be surprised if they really do retire to do "a lotta good work for charity" and "spend time with their family"...sry beer.

These two guys have created stuff that has captured my imagination more completely than anything else from any other medium. I cannot wish them well enough.

Vaya con Dios, gentlemen. You brought us some amazing work.

We shall watch your careers with great interest.

The transaction into a mindless EA drone is now complete. I cry for you my dear ex-favourite studio and wish Greg and Ray all the best. I don't know what is the worst part though: the fact that they don't want to work in game industry anymore, or the fact that I will always wonder whether their desire to retire was due to feeling that they've achieved everything they could on the field, or being desillusioned with the industry after working under EA.

Ladies and gentlemen, the final nail in Bioware's coffin. May you rest in peace Bioware.

Well there's the nail in the coffin right there then...
Doctors...

Aaaand that's Jenga...

BioWare was one of the major reasons I got into the industry. These two leaving the industry is kind of a shock to me to be honest.

I wish them all the best in their future projects, whatever they may be.

You'll be missed.

So... who's taking over?

LiquidGrape:
Oh do grow up. Already with the conspiracy theories and cries for what darkness is to come?

I wish them both the very best in their new pursuits, and I thank them for their contribution to games. I think that's really all that needs to be said.

What conspiracy theories? No post has yet said "only crap is coming now" at the time of your post.

The company's co-founders are leaving and another company owns what is left. i.e: BioWare is now just a name, regardless of what games come next.

There goes Bioware's only chance at making any more great games. I salute you, Greg and Ray, for making some really awesome games in your time.

Bye guys. And RIP Bioware. Let's hope someone like Supergiant or Yager rises to keep good game writing going.

I bow to you two, gentlemen. I will remember fondly all you have done to the industry.

Sadly, BioWare will indubitably die a slow a painful death now that the heart and soul is really gone.

There's this nagging feeling we haven't seen the last of these two fine gentlemen though. I'm willing to bet some moolah we'll be seeing them in the not-so-distant future with a new studio... Why a respite? I'm sure EA has something in the acquisition contract saying they can't start a new studio that would compete within a couple of years of their departure.

One way or the other, gg sirs, gg.

So, who wants to go to a bar and cry into our beers with me?

BioWare was one of my favorite developers since I played KotOR years ago. I've hated seeing the company's transformation since being absorbed by EA, and now I suppose that the transition is complete.

Doctor Merkwurdiglie:
They saw what their company was turning into.
My hat goes off to you, Greg and Ray.

I felt the same way. Their 'inspiration' dried out and they weren't liking it.

I guess the lack of authenticity finally hit them too

Can you hear that? it's the sound of a games studio being gutted.

Bye BioWare, it was nice knowing you.

Another no win situation I could do without :(

Mr.Tea:

What conspiracy theories? No post has yet said "only crap is coming now" at the time of your post.

The company's co-founders are leaving and another company owns what is left. i.e: BioWare is now just a name, regardless of what games come next.

Have you read the responses? "RIP Bioware" "Only a shell of what you once were" "Now only a matter of time before it dies a slow and painful death"

Knock it off.

Azuaron:
So, who wants to go to a bar and cry into our beers with me?

I'll even buy the first round

This is what happens when you crawl into bed with EA. You completely fuck up a good company.

It's a sad day indeed.. BioWare is directly responsible for my addiction to RPG's :( Goodbye Greg & Ray..

I'm curious as to whether or not this will be a permanent retirement, I hope that they one day come back to gaming and enjoy making games once again.

What place did they still have within a company that nolonger wants to fund single player games?
This is the logical outcome.

General Vengeance:
This is what happens when you crawl into bed with EA. You completely fuck up a good company.

People conveniently fail to acknowledge that BioWare were well on their way to financial ruin after Jade Empire flopped, Origins languished in development hell and Mass Effect turned out not to be nearly the smash-hit it needed to be in order to justify the expense.
Not that I hold any real *love* for EA, but I think anyone who enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins and/or Mass Effect 2 could stand to give them (and naturally the Doctors who facilitated the deal) thanks for putting those games out there.

C'mon people, are we seriously going o turn these guys' departure into an EA bashing session? How about having a little decency. Let's all just reminisce in the fine times there was to be had while they were in the industry.

Ahh, good times. Good times...

Though I am curious what direction, if any, BioWare will have in the days to come.

1: not really a surprise and

2: i would have done the same in their shoes!

in other words i am happy that the 2 guys leave now while they are sort of ahead of their game!

daibakuha:

Mr.Tea:

What conspiracy theories? No post has yet said "only crap is coming now" at the time of your post.

The company's co-founders are leaving and another company owns what is left. i.e: BioWare is now just a name, regardless of what games come next.

Have you read the responses? "RIP Bioware" "Only a shell of what you once were" "Now only a matter of time before it dies a slow and painful death"

Knock it off.

The original founders of Bioware are no longer a part of Bioware. The creative spark that drove the company to fruition in the first place doesn't exist as an integral cog of the company.

"Knock" what off, exactly? Being pessimistic about the future of Bioware and/or their games?

You have a lot to learn. Welcome to the Escapist.

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