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Full name: Bioware Corp.
Established: 1995
Closed: 29 Jun 2008
Reason: Dissolved into EA's Mythic Entertainment
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BioWare
BioWare is a Canadian electronic entertainment company and was established in February 1995 by Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip. It is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. BioWare specialises in creating computer and console video games.

Muzyka and Zeschuk are currently the studio heads of BioWare. Muzyka is the General Manager and the CEO. Zeschuk is the Vice-President.

Independence
During BioWare's ten years as an independent company, it developed Shattered Steel the Baldur's Gate series, MDK2, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Jade Empire. BioWare has had publishing relationships with Interplay( Through Black Isle Studios), Atari, LucasArts and Microsoft

Joining up
In 2005, it was announced that BioWare and Pandemic Studios would be joining forces/ Elevation Partners (a private equity fund) invested in the partnership. This new partnership was called VG Holding Corp, and on the 11th of October, 2007, it was announced that it had been bought by by Electronic Arts. BioWare therefore became a unit of EA, but it retained its own branding.

In 2007, BioWare released Mass Effect a science fiction RPG. The following year, it released Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, this was its first game for a hand-held game console.

New Studios
Due to the growth of the company, two new studios being opened away from BioWare's home in Edmonton. The first is located in Montreal, Quebec. This studio is to assist with existing projects as necessary. The second is located in Austin and managed by Gordon Walton and Richard Vogel. This studio was created to work on the MMORPG project. This studio, and the project were both announced on the 13th of March, 2009.

On the 24th of June, 2009, it was announced that BioWare would be merging with another EA company, Mythic Entertainment. Along with this announcement, Mythic's CEO Mark Jacobs, would be stepping down from his post. With the co-founder of Mythic Entertainment, Rob Denton taking up the position as CEO. BioWare co-founder, Dr. Ray Muzyka, will be leading this new studio.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Bioware's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1996 title, "Shattered Steel" (PC).

The company has been involved titles released on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, DS/DSi, PS2, Power Mac, Xbox, Dreamcast and Mac. Of these, "Mass Effect 2" (Xbox 360), "Mass Effect" (Xbox 360), "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" (Xbox), "Neverwinter Nights" (PC), "Mass Effect 2" (PC) has been a best selling title.

The company is currently involved with the forthcoming 2019 release "Anthem" (Mac).

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17 Sep 2012

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Bioware Expands On The Galactic War with Mass Effect 3: Resurgence Pack

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12 Apr 2012

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06 Mar 2012

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"Take Earth Back" CG Trailer to Debut Sunday, February 19 During AMC's "The Walking Dead"

15 Feb 2012

Bioware Recruits All-Star Cast To Take Earth Back in Mass Effect 3

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31 Jan 2012

EA and Bioware Deliver Riveting Score For Mass Effect 3

The soundtrack sets the captivating tone for hero Commander Shepard’s struggle to take Earth back from an alien race known as the Reapers.

21 Dec 2011

EA, BioWare and LucasArts Usher in a Force in Online Games as Star Wars(TM): The Old Republic(TM) Goes Live Today

From Midnight Store Openings to the Opening Bell of the NASDAQ, Gamers and Star Wars™ Fans Celebrate the Start of their Personal Star Wars Saga Online Today

20 Dec 2011

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12 Dec 2011

BioWare Unveils Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War System Featuring Series Debut of Multiplayer

Fight the Galactic War from New Fronts and Platforms Including Four-Player Co-Operative Multiplayer

12 Oct 2011

Bioware Opens A New Chapter in Hawke’s Story with Dragon Age Ii: Mark Of The Assassin Available Today!

Starting today, fans of Dragon Age™ II can embark on a gripping new adventure packed with intriguing characters, expansive environments and treacherous enemies in the Mark of the Assassin DLC pack for Dragon Age II.

11 Oct 2011

GDC Europe 2011 to Feature Roster of International Game Industry Stalwarts

The 2011 Game Developers Conference Europ will bring together several videogame industry luminaries to share their experience, insight and inspiration, and provide European developers with their visions for the future evolution of game development.

14 Jul 2011

BioWare Sets March 6 Arrival Date for Mass Effect 3

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06 Jun 2011

Action and Fantasy Collide in Bioware's Drage Age 2

Rise to Power and Change the World Forever in the Sequel to 2009’s RPG of the Year.

08 Jul 2010

Bioware's Dragon Age: Origins Reaches Triple Platinum Sales

Legendary Studio's Newest Title Wins over 30 Industry Awards, Ships Over 3 Million Units Becoming BioWare's Sixth Consecutive Blockbuster Franchise

08 Feb 2010

Bioware's Mass Effect 2 Hailed As 1St Blockbuster Of 2010

Game Earns Rave Reviews, Sells 2Million Units in Week One

29 Jan 2010

Bioware Launches Mass Effect 2 To Intergalactic Acclaim

One of 2010's Most Anticipated Blockbuster Videogames Ships to Stores Worldwide Today

26 Jan 2010

Ioware Unveils 'the Cerberus Network' – An In-Game Pipeline For Downloadable Content in Mass Effect 2

On January 26 Mass Effect 2 Players Can Download Exciting Bonus Content

19 Jan 2010

Bioware Announces First Official Expansion Pack To The Critically Acclaimed Dragon Age: Origins

"Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening" to Take Fans to the Land of Amaranthine With New Party Members, Spells, Abilities and More in March 2010

05 Jan 2010

BioWare to Integrate AGEIA PhysX Technology into Next-Generation Eclipse EngineTM

PhysX Processor to Boost Future BioWare PC Titles

07 Nov 2006

Atari unveils Neverwinter Nights Gold Edition

Extra BioWare-Developed Modules Available in November

10 Oct 2003

Atari announces Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark

Award-winning Neverwinter Nights universe expands with new campaign, epic levels, prestige classes, creatures, spells and more.

18 Aug 2003

Atari releases Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide

First official expansion pack for Neverwinter Nights features new single player campaign, additional monsters, classes and more.

02 Jul 2003

Neverwinter Nights Collector’s Edition

New US package for popular role-playeing title.

22 Nov 2002

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