September 18, 2012
Listen. You may want to sit down for this. Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, the co-founders of BioWare, both announced that they will be leaving the game industry, and they probably won’t come back. I know. It’s sad. Both Muzyka and Zeschuk posted separate letters explaining their decisions to leave. It basically boils down to them reaching a point in their lives where the passion for the industry has left and they are looking for new ways to challenge themselves.
Muzyka and Zeschuk have definitely done a lot for the industry by supplying outstanding games, such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur’s Gate, and the Mass Effect series. They have basically revolutionized the way stories are told in games. Muzyka was kind enough to give EA six months’ notice to help make the transition as smooth as possible. However, I can’t imagine the company will be the same without their presence, especially when you consider the fact that lead writer Drew Karpyshyn left in February. That being said: all of their games were products from the hard work and dedication of an entire team of very talented people. While their future games may end up being different than what we’ve come to expect from BioWare, I still have faith that the quality will still be outstanding.
On behalf of the whole Lost Level crew, I’d like to thank Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk for their incredible contribution to a great industry, and we wish them the best of luck.