BioWare Doctors Did Not Leave Due to Fan Negativity
Dr. Ray Muyzka denies rumors that he and Greg Zeschuk left due to fan's negative reaction to Mass Effect 3 and SW:TOR.
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.