Greg Zeschuk, the co-founder of BioWare who left the games industry earlier this year along with long-time partner in crime, Ray Muzyka, has some interesting things to say about working with EA. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry International, the RPG magnate-turned-Internet beer celebrity downplayed the idea that EA was pulling the strings after the buyout—even going so far as to say that he and Muzyka had "a lot of influence at high levels within EA."
Former BioWare head Greg Zeschuk left the studio he established with co-founder Ray Muzyka back in September. In his farewell message, he stated the passion he felt for making games and "the challenge of creation" simply fizzled out after 17 years. (His new trade: beer. Lots of it.) Speaking to Polygon, Zeschuk expanded on how burnout and other factors affected his decision to move on from the industry.
The outpouring of online negativity surrounding Mass Effect 3 and The Old Republic may have proved "just too much" for Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, who left Bioware and the games industry behind a couple of weeks ago.
That's the view of former Bioware man Trent Oster, speaking to Now Gamer about the doctors' exit. “The last time I met up with [Greg], I felt his exhaustion,” Oster said. "Punch out, eject, get the hell out", was my suggestions to him and it hit closer to the mark than I had realised. I also think the Mass Effect 3 fan reaction and the Old Republic fans negativity was just too much.”
BioWare have confirmed there is a new Mass Effect game in the works as well as a new IP "built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology". The announcement comes via a new blogpost from BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn, in which he discusses the company's future following the departure of co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka.
BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced their retirement from the company after a nearly 17-year run supervising some of the most well-known RPGs on the PC, including Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.