Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:48am 19/09/12 | 1 Comments
Yesterday we saw news of Dragon Age's new step forward in Inquisition, today BioWare and EA also revealed that alongside continued DLC support for Mass Effect 3, an all-new entry in the space opera was on the cards. News that came decidedly quickly after the revelation BioWare creators, Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, would be stepping down.
"Executive Producer Casey Hudson and his team are coming off an amazing eight-year run with the Mass Effect trilogy. But they’re not done yet," came a statement on the official BioWare Blog from General Manager of BioWare Montreal and Edmonton, Aaryn Flynn (whose name looks like it belongs in a BioWare fantasy RPG).
"We are releasing more multiplayer content and we have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the Fall. But the Mass Effect universe is vast, and Casey and our teams have plans for another full game. "Where to go next?" with such a project has been a question a lot of us have been asking, and we’d all love to hear your ideas."
Probably the most important nugget of information about the developer's future post-Muzyka and Zeschuk though, came in the form of their working on a new IP.
"Both Dragon Age and Mass Effect started as single games but grew into vast universes. But we aren’t stopping there," Flynn wrote.
"While Casey continues to oversee the development of our new Mass Effect project, he and his leads are putting together their vision for an all new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology."
As for the doctors, both are moving on to pursue other endeavours, some of which include, but aren't strictly linked, to charity work and 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," Zeschuk revealed in his departure note. "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."
"I'll also be spending time getting involved with more charities in education, health care, and animal rights, areas where my wife and I've typically focused our charitable donations in the past," read Muzyka's post. "I am also spending more time learning about the work being done to defend human rights and civil liberty across the world. Net, I am passionate about both entrepreneurship and social liberty, and I want to find a way to pursue both of them."
Whether BioWare can remain the stalwart RPG studio we've come to know it as with both figures gone will remain to be seen, but their legacy is certainly a long-standng one. In celebration of the doctors' achievements in game design, tell us about your first BioWare gaming experience experience in the Comments below. And stay tuned for more on Mass Effect, Dragon Age and their mystery new project.