Sat, Aug 11, 2012 | 14:58 BST
Rumour: Greg Zeschuk leaves RPG giant BioWare. UPDATE: Zeschuk still with BioWare
A string of tell-tale signs suggest that BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk has left the EA-owned company, while EA claim the one-time BioWare Austin general manager is simply following his plan to take some time off after the reorganisation of the company in May of this year.
After rumours of his departure from BioWare Austin circulated earlier today, Gamasutra has printed details of an email it received from BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk, which states that he is still with BioWare but in a broader role than previously.
“With regard to BioWare Austin, I handed off the leadership of the studio to Matthew Bromberg quite some time ago (back in May). Ray [Muzyka, BioWare co-founder] and I picked Matthew to take over and he’s been doing a great job with the studio.
“My time in Austin was always planned to have a finite endpoint (my family was still living in Edmonton throughout my time in Austin) and now that I’ve handed the baton to Matt, I will be able to spend more time on a wider range of BioWare games rather than focusing on just one as I did with SWTOR.”
The LinkedIn profile of BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk suggests he left his position as general manager back in May, while a report by German website GamersGlobal claims that neither Greg Zeschuk nor Ray Muzyka were present at a company meeting with other members of the leadership team that took place a few days ago. Their absence was said to be unusual and had not happened before at a meeting of this kind, an internal source apparently claimed.
Rumours suggest that Zeschuk has been replaced by Major League Gaming CEO Matthew Bromberg and that the studio could be re-branded as EA Austin.
Dr Greg Zeschuk and Dr Ray Muzyka founded BioWare in 1995, which became part of EA in 2007 having been responsible for creating the Baldur’s Gate series. BioWare continued its work on epic RPGs with the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, and in December 2011 launched MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic.
VG247 contacted EA for clarification on Zeschuk’s current position, EA responded to say that it is not issuing any comment at this time.