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Electronic Arts said today that long-time BioWare executives Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk are stepping down from the company. Muzyka says he focusing on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge while Zeschuk is spending time with his family.
The duo originally co-founded BioWare back in 1995 and most notably created the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series on PC. The Edmonton-based studio later created two popular hits with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire. In 2005, BioWare and Pandemic Studios entered into a partnership with private equity firm Elevation Partners. The group was later purchased by Electronic Arts two years later.
Over the past five years, BioWare develop key franchises Mass Effect and Dragon Age. The studio, which has since grown to six locations worldwide, also created Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Here's the official statement from EA:
BioWare Co-Founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced their retirement today. To hear more from each of them, please read a post from Ray and Greg here:
BioWare Edmonton & Montreal GM Aaryn Flynn also has issued his thoughts on both Ray and Greg and the future of BioWare.
That sucks! I've been a Bioware fan ever since Never Winter Nights, I wonder where they'll go!
Man, I feel like I lost a close friend with them leaving the industry. Good luck to you Ray and Greg with wherever life may take you! Thank you for the years of awesome games and good memories.
Oh man, good luck to those guys whatever they do next.
Doesn't really affect me one way or the other because I was already never going to buy a Bioware game again. Was that the doctors' fault or EA? I may never know, but I do know that I won't be fooled again...