Reports are flooding in this morning that the founders of BioWare, Drs. Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, have left the company. Their five-year contract with EA, which purchased BioWare in 2007, is apparently up, and the "BioDocs" are leaving video games entirely.
The two released statements: "I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge," said Muzyka. "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."
And: "This decision isn’t without significant pain and regret, but it’s also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family," said Zeschuk. "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. For the people I have had the privilege of working with, however, my passion burns as brightly as it did the day we started."
Zeschuk is apparently going into the craft beer industry.
BioWare's games have been rather hit-or-miss lately, with Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age 2 pissing off plenty of fans. The Old Republic reportedly hasn't fared much better. We've no idea what'll happen to BioWare at this point, though Dragon Age 3: Inquisition was just announced. What are your hopes for the company?