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BioWare founders to retire from the industry
Two founding members of the studio to leave gaming behind
Posted by Alex 'SpectralShock' V on Sep 19, 2012 - 2:29pm EST (Sep 19, 2012 14:29)
Co-founders Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka of BioWare have said they are retiring from the company they founded nearly two decades ago, and the gaming industry as a whole, reports GI.
In separate messages posted on the studio's official website, Zeschuk and Muzyka explained their decisions, as well as talked about what they would be doing next.
"After nearly two decades in videogames, I've decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges," Muzyka said. "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 - at that time I provided six months' notice to EA, to help enable a solid transition for my teams at BioWare."
Zeschuk is also stepping away from the gaming industry, saying, "I'm not going to be working in games for a while, and there's a strong possibility that I won't be back." Zeschuk said he will spend time with family and friends and pursue his passion for craft beer.
In their notes, both doctors also thanked each other, BioWare's employees, the fans, and Electronic Arts, which acquired BioWare (along with Pandemic Studios) in October 2007.
In his own statement, BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn thanked the departing doctors for their work creating the studio's culture and leadership team, then assured fans that the remaining developers would carry on their work.
BioWare's most recent releases include the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, as well as MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.