Today, Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka–the pair of doctors that co-founded BioWare in 1995–announced their retirement from the games industry. In separate blog posts, Muzyka and Zeschuk explained their decisions to leave not only their company but the industry as a whole.
This announcement comes at an inopportune time as BioWare just announced Dragon Age III: Inquisition yesterday. Gamers, already wary of the next game in the Dragon Age series, can’t see the company’s two founders leaving as a good sign.
In his blog post, Muzyka explains that he will enter the entrepreneurship field because he “largely personally achieved” what he wanted in the videogames industry. The next “chapter” in his life will involve “investing in and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and more specifically, the field of social/impact investing.”
Zeschuk is going in a different direction: “I can state that I’m not going to be working in games for a while, and there’s a strong possibility that I won’t be back. [...] 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.”
Both men made statements in order to bolster fans’ confidence that their departures wouldn’t affect BioWare’s quality. “I see tremendous opportunity ahead for BioWare and its parent company Electronic Arts,” said Muzyka. And Zeschuk added, “One thing I’m confident of is that we’ve built a great team that will continue to succeed long after I’m gone.”
Perhaps it was the news of the co-founders’ departures that prompted BioWare to confirm the existence of more Mass Effect 3 DLC, a new Mass Effect game, and a tease a brand new IP. Aaryn Flynn gave a few details in his own blog post: “We have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the Fall.”
And while Casey Hudson is busy creating a new game within the Mass Effect universe, Flynn also said, “[Hudson] and his leads are putting together their vision for an all new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology.” Does this mean this new IP will come to the still-unannounced next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft? And what about the Wii U?
Putting all speculation about the future of BioWare and their franchises aside, we wish nothing but the best for Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk. Enjoy the next phases of your lives, gentlemen.