Games Industry Reacts to BioWare Founders Leaving Company

An interesting article on GamesIndustry International gathers the reactions of several high profile games industry luminaries to the retirement of BioWare founders Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka. The duo announced yesterday that they were leaving the company. Later on Facebook Muzyka said that they both had made the decision to leave way back in April.

Peter Molyneux, Ted Price, Mike Capps and many others said that the BioWare founders changed the way games were made and were clearly in love with making games. A few said that the industry wouldn't be the same without them. We offer only two from the article, which you should definitely go read..

"What an enormous loss Greg and Ray's retirement is," said Peter Molyneux. "They have truly been an inspiration to us all. I have played all their games and have even borrowed a few of their ideas. I know Ray is a keen poker player and was once taken out by him is a heated game. I wish them both all the best in the retirement."

"It's rare to find people in this industry who are as creative, as talented and as genuinely humble as Ray and Greg," said Insomniac Games president and CEO Ted Price. "Not only are they incredibly respected by the 'business' side of the games business, there are legions of devoted fans who have been passionately adventuring in the doctors' worlds for almost two decades. I'm one of those fans. From MDK2 to KOTOR to the Mass Effect series their games have had a big effect on me and many of us at Insomniac."

You can check out further comments from Gas Powered Games founder Chris Taylor, Epic Games president Mike Capps, InXile Entertainment CEO Brian Fargo, Innovative Leisure founder Seamus Blackley, and Green Ronin co-owner Chris Pramas here.

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    They were planning to leave pretty much after Mass Effect 3 was rushed out 90% complete. After all of EA's tinkering with DA2 and ME3, it was obvious they were not happy with affairs. Quite a few of Bioware's staff in Edmonton suspected this was going to happen for some time.

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    NyuRena says:

    I would say those two games sold because many of us, me included, did not realize that bioware had already been hollowed out and was just an animated husk. (Much like the husks in mass effect. Lol)

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    NyuRena says:

    2k seems decent, but don’t leave out Bethesda and maybe THQ. :)

    EA is the great devourer of all joy in the world and likely is fueled by the tears and blood of children and clowns!

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    black manta says:

    The only publisher that really seems to be halfway decent is 2K.  They at least seem to have the confidence in the developers they have working with them, like Rockstar and Irrational, that they trust their artistic vision and tend to stay hands-off for the most part.

    Activision/Blizzard is a little better than EA, but that's not saying much.  Right now, it seems like Activision needs Blizzard more than Blizzard needs Activision from where I'm standing.  Blizzard could tell Activision to go take a hike tomorrow, and it wouldn't hurt them all that much, while Bobby Kotick would be crap his pants.

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    black manta says:

    No.  But by that time the writing was probably already on the wall, and they knew it.  They also probably knew that they would never be able to get BioWare out of its contract with EA, and so decided to cut their losses and exit gracefully.

    It sounds as if the experience left a sour taste in their mouths if they're never going to do anything game-related again.  I would have hoped that maybe they would just open up a new studio and do what so many others have done and go the Kickstarter route like Brian Fargo and Tim Schafer and Double Fine.  But it from all accounts, their exit from the gaming industry sounds pretty final.  That's a shame.sad

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