In a bit of a shock announcement, both of Bioware’s founders – Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka – have announced their departure from the studio famed for its immersive, engaging role playing games…and Dragon Age 2.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make; after thinking about it for many months, I made the decision to retire from videogames back in early April 2012,” Muzyka said in a pretty lengthy blog post.
“After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new,” said co-founder Greg Zeschuk in a similarly verbose statement. “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. 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,” he said.
It seems neither of them have any passion left for making games, which is a sad thing indeed. It’s easy to imagine that this is largely a result of EA’s meddling. Since the RPG maker’s acquisition by EA, its games just haven’t quite had the right blend of magic – with many of them coming across as rushed, or with publisher mandated features added for extra back-of-the-box bullet points. whether or not that’s the case, Bioware just isn’t the Bioware it used to be.
So what are their plans for the future? Zeschuk – who sounds like my kinda guy is focusing his attention on beer. Yes, really.
“After my departure I’m going to be spending significant time with family and friends, as well as pursuing some personal passion-driven projects related to craft beer. The main project I will be working on is a web-based interview show called The Beer Diaries where I interview notable brewers and showcase their beers. If things go well, I’ll work on other beer-related shows, apps and projects. If not, I’ll have drunk a lot of tasty beers and may be back in games or even something else completely different.”
Muzyka wants to start something new – away from videogames.
“I’ve largely personally achieved what I wanted in videogames; I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge,” he said.
“I believe strongly in the power of free enterprise to enable sustainable change, so my next ‘chapter’ will likely focus on an entirely new industry, something exciting, different and frankly downright scary – investing in and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and more specifically, the field of social/impact investing.”
As for the impact this’ll have on Bioware and future games…we’ll have to see.
Last Updated: September 19, 2012