Bioware has lost its founding fathers. Greg Zeschuk & Ray Muzyka have confirmed that they have left the company.Last month we were told
that the official word from EA and Bioware that: "Greg is still with EA. He's now back in Canada, taking time off and thinking about new projects. No change with Ray Muzyka." It turns out that this was not true. Today both men have blogged about their 'retirements'.
The official word now begins:
"Today, BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced they are retiring from BioWare."
Both men have left their own statements, which can be read here for Ray
and here for Greg
The latter leads off with the quite astonishing, "After nearly twenty years working at BioWare Iíve decided itís time to move on and pursue something new. This decision isnít without significant pain and regret, but itís also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. Iíve 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."
Ray is equally direct, "After nearly two decades in videogames, Iíve decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges. 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 Ė at that time I provided six monthsí notice to EA, to help enable a solid transition for my teams at BioWare.
"The decision to leave the videogame industry is hard to explain, but essentially I feel similar now to how I felt in the early days of BioWare over the decade post-medical school, while I was still practicing as an ER physician, back when I first realized that the world of video games was my next career Ďchapterí. Two wonderful decades working at BioWare and later EA was the result of that decision. Itís not often that you can truly say you were able to pursue and achieve your dream job; I know how lucky I am to be able to say that now, in my early 40s."
It's a huge shame to see them leave Bioware. A huge shame. Read our interview with the two Bioware founders here.