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Greg Zeschuk, Ray Muzyka Are Leaving BioWare

The co-founders of BioWare, the faces of the studio, are on their way out.

Zeschuk and Muzyka helped found BioWare in Canada back in 1995. In 2007 it sold to EA.

At an internal meeting this morning, BioWare co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka announced the duo are leaving the company, I’m told by multiple sources close to the situation.

It’s unclear why Zeschuk and Muzyka are leaving.

BioWare and Electronic Arts shipped Star Wars: The Old Republic last December to a mixed critical reception, and the game has struggled to hold onto users since. Dragon Age 3: Inquisition was formally announced yesterday, running on DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine, and is scheduled for a release in late 2013.

Electronic Arts has not respond to my request for comment.


I said, wow. Didn't take EA long to kill this one.

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'nother one bites the duuust

Finally.. now Bioware can continue to make an endless supply of average sequels... I bet they wanted to make new IPs..


Face the future.. Gamecenter ID: nikkom_nl (oh no he didn't!!) 

Bad news for Bioware

I bet they are forming a new studio to create new IPs

Why are we presuming that this means the death of BioWare itself? Are the founders in this case so integral to the company's culture?

Monster Hunter: pissing me off since 2010.

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Mr Khan said:
Why are we presuming that this means the death of BioWare itself? Are the founders in this case so integral to the company's culture?

Nah, Bioware's name has already been whored out to the point of meaninglessness (Bioware Victory). This just kind of confirms the impression that fans have had for a while now that Bioware is just another EA owned brand now, nothing more.

Ohh God not this bullshit again. bla bla bla Bioware is doomed bla bla bla back then it was all better bla bla bla.

BenVTrigger said:
Bad news for Bioware

I bet they are forming a new studio to create new IPs

I they said they're leaving the gaming industry.

Wow, I am so surprised that this is happening.

This pattern must surely unprecedented in video game history.


@badgenome: They have updated this news with a confirmation from EA:

UPDATE: BioWare has confirmed the news in a blog post with comments from both Zeschuk and Muzyka.

It appears both are (for now) leaving games.

Muzyka apparently told EA about his decision back in April 2012, and allowed the company six months to set up a proper transition.

"I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge," said Muzyka. "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."

Zeschuk's letter was much more somber, and sounded akin to a man defeated by his work load.

"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," said Zeschuk. "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."

In the immediate future, Zeschuk will pursue his passion for craft beer, and host a web series where he interviews beer creators. It's possible he'll come back to games at a later date, but maybe not.

"If not, I’ll have drunk a lot of tasty beers and may be back in games or even something else completely different," he said. "Ultimately time will tell."

It's always sad when the founders of a Co. leave, as that usually means that said company will change, and with EA, this change can mean going to the worst.

Sad news.

Please excuse my bad English.

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