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BioWare Founders Announce Retirement 113

hypnosec writes "BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced their retirement from the gaming company as well as the video game industry. In two separate blog posts, the founders announced their decision and their future plans. Muzyka writes, 'After nearly two decades in videogames, I've decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges.' Zeschuk writes, 'I've reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation.'"
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BioWare Founders Announce Retirement

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  • yup... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @01:08AM (#41383391)

    "I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation."

    I would lose all my passion as well if I sold my soul to Electronic Arts...

    Killed Westwood Studios and C&C / C&C:RA, now working on the final edges for BioWare!

  • Re:yup... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mashiki ( 184564 ) < minus caffeine> on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @01:36AM (#41383525) Homepage

    Several others not mentioned...

    Yep...when you sell your soul to EA, you only have yourself to blame.

  • Re:yup... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @01:41AM (#41383537) Journal

    Thank you AC I thought I was the only one! The millisecond I saw the headline all i could think of is all the devs from great software houses that ran screaming after spending time in the PHB hell that is EA. Is there any of the guys from Bullfrog or Westwood or any of the greats they bought still hanging around?

    And I would bet my last dollar the reason they are "retiring from gaming" is that EA made them sign a no compete clause when they bought the company. Watch in 5 years or so they'll come out of "retirement" with some killer new game from a fresh idea that EA told them wouldn't make a new Call Of Halo: Gears of Killzone cookie cutter franchise, since that seems to be pretty much all they care about anymore.

  • Re:yup... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by constpointertoconst ( 1979236 ) on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @04:37AM (#41384367)

    and now had enough cash I didn't need to work and could actually enjoy games as a player rather than as a developer.

    Personally, as a player-turned-developer, I find it difficult to enjoy games past a certain point without the opportunity to participate in their creation.

  • Re:yup... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Wednesday September 19, 2012 @09:20AM (#41385975) Journal

    None of what is wrong with SWTOR is really an EA issue. It's a game design issue at a basic level

    What's basically wrong with SWTOR is that everyone really just wanted KOTOR3.

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