In two separate blog posts, the founders who were awarded the 2011 Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame announced their decision and their future plans. Muzyka writes, “After nearly two decades in videogames, I’ve decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges.” Ray explained that he has achieved what he wanted to in videogames and that he desires to take on new challenges. “I’ve largely personally achieved what I wanted in videogames; I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge,” he wrote further.
Zeschuk went about explaining his decision on similar lines. He writes, “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 explained that the time has come to move on and this is something that he needs to do for himself and his family.
Muzyka plans to take on entrepreneurial challenges and he also wants to get involved in charities, education, health care and other such social impact investments. Muzyka writes, “…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.”
Ray and Greg went on to share their thoughts on the BioWare team and the developers they have worked with. Greg writes, “I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the best people in the games business; some of them are well known, and some are not.”
The retirement of the Muzyka and Zeschuk wouldn’t be reason for any delay in any of the BioWare’s current projects. According to BioWare Edmonton and Montreal General Manager Aaryn Flynn, BioWare is on a solid platform and that the current team is ready to embark on a new era of games.
Some of the well-known games that the duo has worked on include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age, Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect.