GiantBomb is reporting that Bioware founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced their retirement from the company they founded in 1995.
Muzyka stated that the departure is due to the "desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge," and appears to be headed in the direction of angel investing. Zeschuk's announcement was more muted, stating "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 plans on hosting a weekly podcast about craft brewing.
Bioware has been at the forefront of developing story-driven games where a character's actions and choices impact their game experience, with titles such as Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, Dragon Age , and most recently Star Wars: The Old Republic. The company was purchased by Electronic Arts in 2007, and some in the gaming community have expressed concern that EA's involvement, while increasing the number of titles Bioware released, has led to a gradual decline in the quality of Bioware's titles compared to their earlier releases.
Regardless of their reasons for departure, Muzyka and Zeschuk have made a tremendous impact on the world of gaming, and millions of gamers have been blessed with the opportunity to play their creations. I wish them all kinds of success in the future.