Yes folks, it’s true. Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have formally announced their retirement from Bioware, the company they started together. In separate blog posts on Bioware’s website, the duo wrote their own goodbyes to fans and gamers who had supported them over the years and through various different franchises and IPs.
Amidst the farewells and ‘thank you’s’ to the fans, Mayzuka took a moment to share his feelings on what the future of gaming may hold, saying the following:
“I know there is so much potential for the video game industry right now – from the opportunity to bring fans more into the dialog of what’s being created, to really innovating with all the technology and art available, to creating genuine, emotionally engaging experiences which inspire and unite the world through play. The videogame industry continues to mature, striving to find new ways to lead to sustainable outcomes for all stakeholders – employees, customers and investors – where decisions can be made for the long term success of teams and products. The opportunity ahead is about finding new ways to keep the passion, creativity and inspiration for the hardworking teams who craft, market and service video games for the fan community.”
In the meantime, Zeschuk ended his blog informing readers that he has no desire to get back into the gaming world in the near future if ever again. He thanked many, many people in his blog, but included this paragraph at the end:
“Some of you will be curious what I’ll be doing next, and I can state that I’m not going to be working in games for a while, and there’s a strong possibility that I won’t be back. 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. Ultimately time will tell.”
It is a sad day for Bioware fans, but we here at Analog Addiction wish both Greg and Ray the very best in their future endeavours.
Source: Bioware official site