BioWare co-founders Muzyka and Zeschuk resign

BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have both resigned from the company.

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BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have both resigned from the company. Founded in 1995, the Canadian developer is known for creating some of the industry's most popular RPG franchises, including Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age. The company is also responsible for the beleaguered MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Muzyka and Zeschuk have both stayed with the company since its acquisition by Electronic Arts in 2007. In a blog post to the community, Muzyka says he will "retire from videogames" altogether, to pursue an "entirely different set of challenges." Specifically, it appears Muzyka is interested in "getting involved in social impact investment" and plans on "getting involved with more charities in education, health care, and animal rights."

Zeschuk echoes Muzyka's sentiments, adding "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." Like his longtime partner, he will be departing the games industry, working on "personal passion-driven projects related to craft beer."

Both men leave the industry having left a tremendous impact. Shacknews wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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    September 18, 2012 11:56 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, BioWare co-founders Muzyka and Zeschuk resign.

    BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have both resigned from the company.

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      September 18, 2012 11:59 AM

      Get those Dragon Age 3 pre-orders in, everybody!

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      September 18, 2012 11:59 AM

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        September 18, 2012 12:14 PM

        Well, it made them so wildly rich they can do whatever they want. So I'm guessing they have no regrets.

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          September 18, 2012 12:52 PM

          I'm going to assume both of these guys were already quite wealthy to begin with. And watching your baby burn to the ground is a tough pill to swallow.

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            September 18, 2012 4:15 PM

            They're smart guys, as much as we like to cry about what happened they knew exactly what they were doing when they sold to Elevation and then EA.

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      September 18, 2012 12:02 PM

      I really hope they can make the kind of awe-inspiring rpgs that they were able to make before the dark times... before the Empire... erm, EA.
      Good luck, gentlemen.

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      September 18, 2012 12:03 PM

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      September 18, 2012 12:06 PM

      wonder if his craft beer will be any good.

      Krogan Ale.

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        September 18, 2012 12:07 PM

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          September 18, 2012 12:13 PM

          "synthesize" your taste buds with the BEST choice around.

          or he sells 3 beers in red, blue and green bottles, but ultimately its the same beer.

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      September 18, 2012 12:08 PM

      Huh crazy, time to move on :( thanks for the cool games you guys helped create.

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      September 18, 2012 12:11 PM

      Both of those "future careers" sound like 12 month long nothing jobs to see out their no-compete clause.

      Just like when Alex Garden left THQ and started working on an car park system, then joined MS once the 12 months were up.

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        September 18, 2012 12:38 PM

        What if they go back into the medical field during that time?

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        September 18, 2012 6:17 PM

        Binnnnngo.

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        September 19, 2012 4:05 AM

        Actually, as a home brewer, I would love to do the same as Zeschuk. I wish I had the funds to do it, but that is something you don't just spend a year on, since I'm assuming he is already an avid home brewer. Equipment, location, license..... a lot of investment.

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          September 19, 2012 9:24 AM

          Well the age of micro brewing really is upon us, everyone's doing it.

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        September 19, 2012 6:28 AM

        Oh yeah, really sounds like Zeschuk is just itching to get back into the industry.

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      September 18, 2012 12:17 PM

      Headline approx. 3 years from today: EA Closes Bioware

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        September 18, 2012 12:25 PM

        So then EA can finally rename their digital store from "Origin" to "Bioware".

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        September 18, 2012 4:15 PM

        Probably just like what happened with the countless others. I am guess what will happen is they will merge Bioware with one of the studios they just bought and rename it. Kind of like what happened with Mythic.

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      September 18, 2012 1:15 PM

      Well, if we needed any further confirmation that the Bioware glory days are is over, this is it.

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        September 18, 2012 1:38 PM

        The last 10 years weren't enough?

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          September 18, 2012 1:42 PM

          Wait so everything since Baldur's 2 was shit? I think you're going to be alone on that one.

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          September 18, 2012 1:44 PM

          last ten years including KOTOR, mass effect, and dragon age, not to mention neverwinter nights?

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            September 18, 2012 9:26 PM

            To be honest, while I thought KOTOR was pretty good, I felt like ME 1 was an ok setting with terrible shooter combat, Dragon Age (1) was dull & a far cry from BG2, and NWN2 was a good modding tool fronted by a horrible official campaign. (And then ME2, ME3, and DA2 were all - again, in my opinion - even worse)

            So, I think I agree wtih briktal.

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          September 18, 2012 10:32 PM

          No.

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      September 18, 2012 4:01 PM

      Ouch, EA ran them into the ground. Let's hope they start a new company with the EA money and stay independant

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        September 19, 2012 9:25 AM

        I agree I think that this industry runs game devs into the ground and then some, all you have to do is look at all the lawsuits, even all the videos about the greats talking about getting into the industry. Or just look at videos shot after devs work on large games like the quakecon vid of creator of skyrim speaking about how he was locked away in dev mode for so long that when he went back to the grocery store it was a culture shock.

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      September 18, 2012 4:03 PM

      Signs of integrity.

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      September 18, 2012 7:25 PM

      i smell a kickstarter

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      September 18, 2012 8:11 PM

      Apparently it was almost five years to the day after they got bought by EA. I'm wondering if there was some kind of contractual length that they had to stay on in order to hit financial incentives.

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      September 18, 2012 8:37 PM

      EA is the absolute destroyer of innovation and successful development studios. EA are the reapers!!

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      September 18, 2012 10:21 PM

      Really sad to hear these guys had to go. It makes me wonder if they are the sacrificial lambs that the company chose for the Star Wars: The Old Republic debacle. Why lay off a bunch of developers when you can get rid of the senior most people that use up the most salary and benefits while simultaneously usurping power for yourself and creating an atmosphere of fear to increase productivity in all the lower ranks? Sad to hear they are both leaving the industry (imagine the non-compete they had to sign) but glad to hear that Ray is going to be concentrating on something truly meaningful to him.

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      September 18, 2012 10:26 PM

      that's sad...

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      September 18, 2012 11:51 PM

      The gaming industry could've been so much more awesome. I'd like to see an antitrust slapped on EA.

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      September 19, 2012 4:01 AM

      I like beer a lot more than ME3, DA2 and SWToR. So I'm all for this new direction. :)

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      September 19, 2012 6:22 AM

      This smells of depression for getting fucked in the ass after they got "acquired" by EA.
      Just sitting there while the company you built turned to shit.
      Go make beer and help the aging, those are worth while endeavors. Don't look back to Bioware. They'll be making My Little Pony meets Mass Effect soon enough and you wouldn't want to see that travesty.

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