BioWare Doctors Did Not Leave Due to Fan Negativity

Recently, BioWare founders Drs. Ray Muyzka and Greg Zeschuk, in an unexpected announcement, declared that they were retiring from BioWare and the gaming industry. According to Muyzka, the decision was influenced by the fact that he no longer felt the same passion for videogames as he previously did: "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," Zeschuk said. "For the people I have had the privilege of working with, however, my passion burns as brightly as it did the day we started. The people I work with now, and that I have worked with in the past, have inspired me and really made all of the challenges we’ve collectively faced over the years worthwhile."

Soon after, ex-BioWare and current Beamdog president Trent Oster stirred up the rumor pot by declaring that he had advised Zeschuk to "Punch out, eject, get the hell out" had "hit closer to the mark than I had realised." Oster then speculated that the doctors may have left because of fan negativity: "the Mass Effect 3 fan reaction and the Old Republic fans negativity was just too much.” In a few hours, Oster's speculation had spread to major gaming websites. 

Muyzka denied the speculation on his Twitter feed, where he criticized games journalists that blew the rumor out of proportion for "speculating on ill-founded rumors should reassess approach" while praising fans for their "deep, honest passion."

While the overwhelming negative fan response to the Mass Effect 3 ending and The Old Republic's move to free-to-play were no doubt hard on the doctors, considering their experience in the industry, it would be a petty reason to leave a company whose name and work command respect.

 

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  • itchyisvegeta
    If they no longer have the passion they once did for video games, then I look at it as a good thing that they are moving on. Get some people to take over Star Wars The Old Republic that DO have passion and can really turn things around.

    Look at Halo 4. Bungie clearly no longer had a passion for the Halo franchise. 343i takes over, and Halo 4 looks like a fresh rejuvenation to the franchise. Bioware games can clearly benefit from the same thing.

    Now whether EA helps or hurts this, remains to be seen.......
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  • Pennanen
    magnetiteEA isn't as evil as most people believe. A lot of people seem to label any big corporations in the world as "evil". As for this fan reaction, it's quite overblown actually. The ending isn't as bad as most people claim it to be. If you take your time slowly through the game and read everything (email, codex, datapads, and all the little clues that have been provided), the ending makes perfect sense. Most people who reacted to the ending probably didn't have all the facts going in and just rushed it. On the topic of Ray and Greg though, the average person changes careers on average around 7 times in their lifetime. If they've been working at Bioware since 1995 or so, then this may be their first or second major career change.

    Ea is evil. Every series and developer EA has taken over, is dead or ruined.

    All they care about is money when we need love towards gaming.
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  • itchyisvegeta
    If they no longer have the passion they once did for video games, then I look at it as a good thing that they are moving on. Get some people to take over Star Wars The Old Republic that DO have passion and can really turn things around.

    Look at Halo 4. Bungie clearly no longer had a passion for the Halo franchise. 343i takes over, and Halo 4 looks like a fresh rejuvenation to the franchise. Bioware games can clearly benefit from the same thing.

    Now whether EA helps or hurts this, remains to be seen.......
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  • dudewitbow
    itchyisvegetaIf they no longer have the passion they once did for video games, then I look at it as a good thing that they are moving on. Get some people to take over Star Wars The Old Republic that DO have passion and can really turn things around. Look at Halo 4. Bungie clearly no longer had a passion for the Halo franchise. 343i takes over, and Halo 4 looks like a fresh rejuvenation to the franchise. Bioware games can clearly benefit from the same thing.Now whether EA helps or hurts this, remains to be seen.......


    I agree, but the grim look I see when a company spirals downwards while under EAs control. Common examples would be Bullfrog Entertainment(theme series), Pandemic Studios(SW: Battlefront, Mercenaries, Destroy all humans), as well as dissolve a lot of companies and relocated some of the members elsewhere.
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  • magnetite
    EA isn't as evil as most people believe. A lot of people seem to label any big corporations in the world as "evil".

    As for this fan reaction, it's quite overblown actually. The ending isn't as bad as most people claim it to be. If you take your time slowly through the game and read everything (email, codex, datapads, and all the little clues that have been provided), the ending makes perfect sense. Most people who reacted to the ending probably didn't have all the facts going in and just rushed it.

    On the topic of Ray and Greg though, the average person changes careers on average around 7 times in their lifetime. If they've been working at Bioware since 1995 or so, then this may be their first or second major career change.
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