BioWare – The Times They Are a-Changin’
Depending on how old you are, the name BioWare will either sound true as the company that once brought you Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights and Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic or the folks from Mass Effect. Additionally, the switch between being the paragon for the RPG genre or one of EA’s most successful studios might lead you to think any which way about the company. Yet, one of these eras is sure to close with the coming of some recent news.
In a recent blog on their site, doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, also known as the founders of BioWare, have announced their retirement. Reasons vary from both of their emphatic posts, but some recurring themes seem to be the duo’s need to move on to other challenges in their lives. To some surprise, this will mostly be done outside of the gaming industry as a whole. It seems the two are done with games, at least for now. Dr. Zeschuk noted: “I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation,” though both are overwhelmingly positive of both the industry and the mark they’ve left, as well as the team they’re leaving behind. You can read all posts in full here.
The announcement coincides with the recent announcement out of the blue of a new Dragon Age game called Dragon Age III: Inquisition. There aren’t a lot of notable details known yet. The sequel will be built on the Frostbite 2 engine, that’s about it for now. Given EA’s recent remarks that every singleplayer game will at least need online services to connect it “24/7/365,” we wonder what those connectivity options will be here.
In a similar post from General Manager Arryn Flynn there lies an announcement of new Mass Effect 3 DLC, but more importantly a whole new Mass Effect game. It also mentions a mysterious new game coming from BioWare that is being built from scratch, running on new technology.
Just like the rapid evolving in our industry, these announcements could lead to a sizable shift within our community. The old guard makes way for the new and while it doesn’t mean that this will be a good or bad thing, the certainty is that it will be different.