,If you’re not familiar with Drew Karpyshyn, he’s probably one of the best writers Bioware ever employed, in our humble opinion. The man was responsible for much of the story on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as well as the first two Mass Effect games. He left the company once to work on his own novel series Chaos Born, then returned to work on Anthem in 2015. Well, apparently he’s decided to leave again, as he posted on his own blog that as of March 2nd, he’s no longer an employee of the company. We have a snippet of his blog post below for you to read, but starting Monday, he’ll be working with Fogbank Entertainment and FoxNext Games on some new projects. So hey, good things are apparently on the way!
Yes, it’s true. As of Friday, March 2, I am no longer an employee of BioWare/EA. Some of you might be thinking, “Wait, this sounds familiar!”. Yes, this is my second retirement from BioWare. Last time, I left to focus on my Chaos Born trilogy. This time, I’m leaving to pursue a number of other projects, including more original novels, an original sci-fi graphic novel I’m co-creating, and freelance gaming work.
I know a lot of you are wondering why I’m doing this. For many people, working at BioWare would be their dream job and they can’t imagine anyone stepping away from it. But it was time for me to move on.
Everyone who works at BioWare pours their heart and soul into the games they are making. It’s creatively demanding and – at times – exhausting. In the past, I’ve managed to juggle outside projects with my work at BioWare, but it always took a toll. And there were always outside projects I had to pass on because they would represent a conflict of interest with BioWare or EA properties.
So I made the decision to step back (again) and focus on my freelance work. I’d love to say more about the novel(s) I’m working on, or my graphic novel project, but those details will have to wait a while. (Yes, I’m using this announcement to tease other future announcements. In marketing, they call that “synergy”.)