Tis’ a sad day indeed for fans of BioWare and the gaming industry as a whole. It was announced today on the Bioware Blog that both of the founders of BioWare will be retiring from videogames. Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka both founded BioWare back in 1995, both already having careers in the medical field. Their first game was Shattered Steel, a Mechwarrior style game. Soon after they signed with Interplay and the rest is history.
Over their long history their games have been renowned for their top notch writing, character depth and development and taking complex/adult themes. They have brought us several of the greatest RPG franchises to have graced consoles and PC’s. Among them are Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Baldur’s Gate. BioWare was purchased by EA in 2007 and in recent years Greg and Ray have seemed to play less prominent roles at BioWare. They each state different reasons for leaving, but I will let you read it in their own words. You can read Greg’s goodbye post here and Ray’s here.
Needless to say, we wish them luck in all of their future endeavors and they will be sorely missed.