Sad news today from BioWare, as Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have retired from the company they co-founded. Both wrote their own blogs about their retirement, which you can read Muzyka's here and Zeschuk's here. According to Muzyka, he notified EA back in April about his decision to retire in order to get BioWare prepared for the future. He feels the need to move on to a new chapter in his life, just like when he made the decision to go from an ER doctor to the head of a major video game studio. With the success of BioWare and the expansion the studio has had over the years, Muzyka feels it is time to move onto the next challenge; something other than video games even though he remains passionate about them.
Zeschuk also expressed interest in starting the next chapter in his life, but unlike Muzyka, his passion for video games has waned of late. The decision to retire was not an easy one for Zeschuk, but he knows BioWare is in capable hands thanks to the Core Values he and Muzyka have instilled in the team. He is not sure he will return to video games any time soon, if at all, but did say he will be focusing on his friends, family, and his passion for craft beer. Zeschuk plans to start new "web-based interview show" called The Beer Diaries, where he interviews "notable" brewers and showcases their beers. If all of that goes well, he will work on more beer-related shows, apps, and the like. If not, well, at least Zeschuk will get to try some tasty beers along the way.
Both Muzyka and Zeschuk want to thank everyone they have worked with at BioWare, EA, LucasArts, Sega, and any other publisher who helped get a BioWare game out the door. They want to thank the fans who helped turn BioWare into one of the premier studios of the day, and the fans' feedback is from a deep passion of the games. The two also want to thank each other for the past twenty years of success, insight, innovation, and achievement. Both seem excited for their futures away from BioWare, and I am not alone in wishing them the best of luck.