"I No Longer Have The Passion That I Once Did"
There's no easy way to say this, so let's rip the plaster off. BioWare co-founders Dr Greg Zeschuk and Dr Ray Muzyka have officially announced their resignation from the company - and plan to pursue new careers outside the games industry.
Zeschuk feels exhausted after so many years of creating entire universes, suggesting that he doesn't have the desire and drive that he used to. It's time, therefore, to try something different.
"After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I've decided it's time to move on and pursue something new," he wrote on the BioWare blog. "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."
He intends to spend some time catching up with his loved ones and starting a new beer-related venture.
"After my departure I'm going to be spending significant time with family and friends, as well as pursuing some personal passion-driven projects related to craft beer."The main project I will be working on is a web-based interview show called The Beer Diaries where I interview notable brewers and showcase their beers. If things go well, I'll work on other beer-related shows, apps and projects. If not, I'll have drunk a lot of tasty beers and may be back in games or even something else completely different."
"I'm not going to be working in games for a while, and there's a strong possibility that I won't be back."
Muzyka believes that he's fulfilled everything he set out to accomplish in the medium, and that he's excited to pursue a new challenge.
"I've largely personally achieved what I wanted in videogames; I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge," he said in a different post on the BioWare blog. "I believe strongly in the power of free enterprise to enable sustainable change, so my next 'chapter' will likely focus on an entirely new industry, something exciting, different and frankly downright scary - investing in and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and more specifically, the field of social/impact investing."
"I'll also be spending time getting involved with more charities in education, health care, and animal rights, areas where my wife and I've typically focused our charitable donations in the past. I am also spending more time learning about the work being done to defend human rights and civil liberty across the world. Net, I am passionate about both entrepreneurship and social liberty, and I want to find a way to pursue both of them."
It's worth noting that neither Zeschuk or Muzyka feel any ill-will towards EA. "Working with John Riccitiello, Frank Gibeau, Peter Moore and the rest of the EA team was a great experience and their support was essential in us being able to achieve our creative goals with Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic," Zeschuk wrote.
The Doctors' contributions to the games industry spans many years and many absolutely timeless games, and we wish them well in their new endeavours.