Bioware has announced that company co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk are retiring. Both have written individual posts to explain their decisions.
Ray Muzyka has written in his letter that he decided to leave the games industry completely, instead focusing on a different industry. He had decided to retire from video games in April 2012, giving the company a six month notice period.
“I feel the need now to move on to a new chapter in my career. With the growth of BioWare to multiple locations as part of a public company, following two decades of multiple successful product launches across many platforms and business models, I’ve largely personally achieved what I wanted in videogames; I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge.”
Greg Zeschuk stated in his letter that the passion for gaming and creating them has largely gone. Instead he will be taking a break from the games industry pursuing personal projects, though Greg does say that he may not return to the industry at all. He also thanked fans.
“I’d also like to thank the fans that have supported us across so many games over the decades we’ve been plying our craft. One of my favorite experiences is hearing from people about how much they’ve enjoyed a recent release or BioWare classic; it seems to happen all the time so clearly we’ve had an impact. Sure we’ve had our disagreements with the fans (and them with us), but frankly I understand how that’s driven by passion and love of the games. It’s exhilarating to consider how many lives we’ve touched with the entertainment we’ve created over the last 20 years.”
If you would like to read their letters in full then you can do here and here. We at TSA wish both men success in any future endeavours, and would like to thank the pair for helping to create some of the best games ever played.