In a bit of shocking news, it’s just been revealed that BioWare co-founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuck have both retired from the company.
In lengthy farewell notes, both Muzyka and Zeschuck, reveal that they’ve been thinking about moving away from videogames for some time now, and Muzyka in particular gave EA six months notice “to help enable a solid transition for my teams at BioWare.”
After thanking each other for their influence and guidance over the last twenty years, as well as showing their appreciation for the companies and fans that have helped them get to where they are today, Muzyka and Zeschuck offer up ideas on what they’ll be getting up to now that their time at BioWare has come to an end.
“I will definitely miss this industry and my teams, but I also look forward to and am incredibly excited by the new challenges in the next chapter of my career. I’ll strive to keep you up to date on my ideas and progress.”
“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.”
Good luck to both Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuck in whatever they may have in the pipeline.
You can also read over what general manager of BioWare Edmonton and Montreal, Aaron Flynn, has to say about the future of the company without the two co-founders over here, and hear a little bit about the future of games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age and a brand new intellectual property from the company.
What do you think of the future of BioWare without the guidance of Muzyka and Zeschuck? Were they simply figureheads for the last few years or do you think they had a demonstrable impact on the games BioWare has produced since becoming a multi-studio company?