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Greg Zeschuk, Ray Muzyka announce BioWare departure

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 19:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have both announced they are leaving BioWare. Neither indicate a return to video games in the forseeable future.

Both have written blogs to discuss their retirement.

Ray Muzyka said he has “decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges,” noting his decision to retire from video games was made “back in April 2012,” when he gave EA “six months’ notice.”

“I feel the need now to move on to a new chapter in my career,” said Muzyka. “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.

“I believe strongly in the power of free enterprise to enable sustainable change, so my next ‘chapter’ will likely focus on an entirely new industry, something exciting, different and frankly downright scary – investing in and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and more specifically, the field of social/impact investing.”

Zeschuk said he has “decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new,” and it was a decision he made with himself and family in mind.

“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,” he said.

“For the people I have had the privilege of working with, however, my passion burns as brightly as it did the day we started. The people I work with now, and that I have worked with in the past, have inspired me and really made all of the challenges we’ve collectively faced over the years worthwhile.

“Some of you will be curious what I’ll be doing next, and I can state that I’m not going to be working in games for a while, and there’s a strong possibility that I won’t be back. After my departure I’m going to be spending significant time with family and friends, as well as pursuing some personal passion-driven projects related to craft beer.

“The main project I will be working on is a web-based interview show called The Beer Diaries where I interview notable brewers and showcase their beers. If things go well, I’ll work on other beer-related shows, apps and projects. If not, I’ll have drunk a lot of tasty beers and may be back in games or even something else completely different. Ultimately time will tell.”

Rumors of the duo’s departure have been swirling regarding Muzyka’s departure since spring, and back in August, rumors regarding both he and Zeschuk’s departure surfaced.

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28 Comments

  1. LuLshuck

    Sheeeiiiittttt

    #1 2 years ago
  2. thesamy

    i hope they will open new studio and create games like the old times!!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    Bullfrog 2.0

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @2 They’re both moving out of the games industry completely.

    Rest in peace BioWare. It’s been fun.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. thesamy

    damn :(

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    These two have always been about the bottom line(money) I am glad they stayed as long as they did but you have to move on. My goal is to do something similar bust my ass for a decade or two in this industry and then go do something entirely different comfortably.

    I wish them the best of luck in their future projects.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    The decline in quality of BioWare’s work has been more than obvious. Well done EA. From uber classics like Baldur’s Gate to… uber rush jobs like Dragon Age 2.

    That being said, with the big two moving out of gaming completely, I won’t say it’s another Bullfrog but yeah, this SUCKS.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ashlen

    Translation: Working for EA sucks, I’m out!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Talkar

    @7 & @8
    Geez guys, you don’t pass up a chance, no matter how minor it is to flame EA do ye?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Warlock

    not open new studio retirement for ever from video games

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lord Gremlin

    So, basically upcoming Bioware games will be so shit that all talented people run away now,while they still have good resume and good track of created games. At some point “you’re one of idiots who made that shitty Dragon Age 3″ will be a thing.
    They say they retire from videogames. Well, who knows. Another one’s mind is impossible to read.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. The_Red

    @9
    Name one EA owned studio that they didn’t destroy / ruin / lower. Remember the original Medal of Honor team (Now back at Respawn… worried about them)? Bullfrog? Westwood? DICE? Criterion?

    Sure, the last 2 still exists but look at them. Criterion used to make cutting edge games and GOTY contenders like Burnout 3 / Revenge. Now they’re the NFS factory. DICE? Yeah, original BF games were great. Now? Engine maker and BF factory (BF4 is already on the way, just like how fast C&C4 was announced after C&C3).

    #12 2 years ago
  13. DSB

    Don’t forget the guy that made Plants versus Zombies, who they actually fired, or the Dead Space guys who ended up over at Activision.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    @11

    Ray and Greg were only talented with what direction the games went in order to bring them money nothing more. They weren’t there for the day in and day out of the production they just made sure they made dead lines and the standard of their’s was met.

    They weren’t Randy Pitchford. They were the stereotypical suits. THese guys will still be getting paid for BIoware now they just don’t have to deal with the politics.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    I wouldn’t buy a studio these days. Why would you, you buy it, and everyone leaves, and all you are left with the logo on the door.

    Prolly why no one is bitting on buying Acti/Blizz. Most of these companies are over valued anyways. In the games industry you have to prove your worth, not on what you have done, but instead on what your about to do.

    Would be like paying top money for an aging footballer, sure he might make the Hall of Fame, but his past acolades won’t win you the game today.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DSB

    @15 You’re forgetting about contracts. All that is checked before anyone buys anything.

    Otherwise Vivendi might sell you Activision, and just rehire all the guys back under a new company. I mean potentially.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    True, but it does seem to happen. Talent jumps like rats on a sinking ship.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    That’s because leadership matters.

    The exact same thing happened to Bullfrog in the 90′s. Molyneux assured everyone that nothing would change, but reality was that everything changed. And then he did the exact same thing by selling to Microsoft the second time.

    You go from being an independent company lead by a guy you believe in, to being lead by guys who have no idea who you are, what you’re capable of, or what you’re comfortable with.

    You’re a number on a piece of paper to be used as a resource, instead of as a person or an artist.

    There’s a pretty great article on the Escapist about Mucky Foot, a group of guys who left Bullfrog. They said they knew they had to leave, when they got dragged into the office and told off for running in the hallway.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    “They said they knew they had to leave, when they got dragged into the office and told off for running in the hallway.”

    What? Seriously?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Da Man

    So two people who decided to make money elsewhere leave, and overenthusiastic nerds debate driving forces behind people who make money off them.

    This is new.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @19 I’m guessing it was symptomatic of the change in style.

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_146/4839-Footprints

    It’s a great article.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. NeoSquall

    Blimey!

    #22 2 years ago
  23. fearmonkey

    Well It’s the end of an era… Bioware Edmonton was always a great studio and I was saddened to see EA buy them, and ever sadder when EA ruined the name bioware by making everything “Bioware”, but I suspected then this day was coming.

    I figured they would leave eventually, they made their money selling off Bioware, and would stick it out for awhile, either by choice or by contract. When They became higher ups, I figured that wasn’t going to last and it looks like I was right.

    I’m sure they are burned out after their experiences at EA, they don’t need the money, and would rather do something else now. Maybe they might eventually get back into gaming somehow, but it would be a later time after they had a chance to relax and do something different.

    Not sure how this will impact EA, i imagine it won’t impact them much.
    Hopefully they leave Bioware Edmonton alone so they can create more “real” Bioware games, and revert the other studios back to EA Austin, EA pittsville, EA whatever.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. absolutezero

    At least they still have David Gaider right guys?

    Guys?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Hellhound30x

    Anyone else not see this coming? (SARCASM!)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Hunam

    This is fucking huge. Bioware just lost it’s main guys meaning EA guys are going to move in. Yikes. Bullfrog all over again.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Sublimeone

    Ahhh Criterion Games – My fav. game will always be Black.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. zinc

    I like his plan. Kick back and write a blog about beer :-)

    #28 2 years ago

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  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

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  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

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  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

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  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

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  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

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  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]

  • 3D Realms’ Bombshell returns with the first gameplay trailer

    Remember 3D Realms’ Bombshell? The isometric ARPG that was announced last year? Well, it’s back, and we get to see gameplay footage. The game stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a bomb technician turned mercenary with a mechanical arm. She will embark on a quest to rescue the president and save Earth, all while shooting aliens. The […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone to use

    Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4 available for anyone to download and use, for free. Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Anyone can download it and start using it, the developer announced today in a blog post. The download features the the full set of tools used by Epic, and includes 100% of the […]

  • Call of Duty European Championship winner announced

    The winner of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship has been announced. This past weekend, 28 teams representing UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, the rest of Europe and Middle East attended the final of the European round of the Call of Duty Championship. UK team Epsilon eSports was crowned […]

  • GOG brings back Insomnia sale with discounts up to 90% off

    GOG.com is bringing back its Insomnia sale event with even more games. GOG’s Insomnia sale is back with double the amount of games. This year, there will be two sets of games available at once. The sets are seasoned classics and fresh new titles. Each set will feature games with discounts up to 90% off, […]

  • 2K is shutting down NBA 2K14 online servers, won’t affect career save files

    2K will be shutting down the servers for NBA 2K14 this month. The publisher revealed yesterday that online servers for NBA 2K14 will be turned offline on March 31. “You will no longer be able to play ranked games/online association,” reads the announcement. NBA 2K14 relied on online servers to store save files for MyCareer […]

  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]