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Ray Muzyka & Greg Zeschuk

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.

Mass Effect 3

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.”

Dragon Age dragon

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.

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  1. avatar Martin

    they were probably sick of the Mass Effect 3 ending as wel ;)

    • avatar Delu

      i think they just know they can charge that and LOTS of peylars will pay that much and you MIGHT pick it up later from the bargain bin, also I dont know what you did on the first star craft but online play is ok but playing people you know across from each other is about the most fun i have or ever will have on an rts no matter how good the story.yeah I know people will buy it anyway and it kinda proves my point that I’m in the minority. Again I just don’t care about multiplayer. Playing an rts just for the sake of playing an rts with no context just doesn’t cut it for me. That’s just not what I’m looking for.Sure I’ll be able to pick it up later once the price drops but right now, at that very moment I’d enjoy playing a game. Since I enjoyed Starcraft 1 I thought I might have found something nice in Starcraft 2.

  2. avatar Rodrigo

    I enjoy playing Starcraft with my ferdnis. I’m the one that loses all the time because I suck at it. They always tell me I should solo the campains because they are good and fun and I would learn. So yeah the gameplay of SC is awesome, that rts is still a big hit. Me and my ferdnis have talked about SC2 but none of us is planning to buy it. We will stick to our lan parties where we play SC together! Heck, there is one planned in less than a month so far 6 players have confirmed!Can SC2 rival the fun we have playing SC in a basement? Nah, not the way they intend to deploy the game and the expansions. Will it be a good solo game? Probably, if they kept the same good old gameplay!Note: Dave, no pool party?

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