Now this is huge. Today, BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced they are retiring from BioWare. Greg has admitted that he reached an unexpected point in his life where he no longer has the passion that he once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation. In other words, Zeschuk got tired with the game development and wants to step aside.
As Greg said:
“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.”
On the other hand, Ray stated that he decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges. Ray made the decision to retire from videogames – after thinking about it for many months – back in early April 2012, and he provided six months’ notice to EA, to help enable a solid transition for his teams at BioWare.
“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.”
It seems unlikely for both of them to return to game development or to start a new, independent team.
Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of BioWare Edmonton & Montreal had this to say:
“Ray and Greg built BioWare to last. They’ve always known their retirement would come one day, so they developed a team of people who would ensure their standards and culture would endure. We’ll humbly carry that torch and continue learning in the process.”
Be sure to check the blog posts from Ray and Greg here and here.