For the last 17 years, BioWare has operated under the guidance of founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, two medical doctors who quit their practice to make the kind of epic, choice-driven RPGs they wanted to play. That era is coming to an end, as the pair today announced their retirement from BioWare and from the video game industry.
"After nearly two decades in videogames, I've decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges," Muzyka writes in a post explaining the decision
. Zeschuk echoed similar sentiments in his own farewell post
: "This decision isn't without significant pain and regret, but it's also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. 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."
After having "largely personally achieved what I wanted in videogames," Muzyka writes that he will be moving into the field of entrepreneurship; focusing on investments with strong social impact in areas such as education, health care, and animal rights. Zeschuk, meanwhile, writes that his post-BioWare life will involve more time with friends and family, as well as work on "some personal passion-driven projects related to craft beer" (that includes a Web-based interview show called The Beer Diaries)
. "I'm not going to be working in games for a while, and there's a strong possibility that I won't be back," he writes.
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