Drew Karpyshyn Is Leaving BioWare

After a 12 year relationship that includes the creation of Mass Effect, Drew Karpyshyn has announced that he is leaving BioWare. The move was revealed yesterday in a post to his official site.

“As of last week,” Karpyshyn says, “I have officially retired from BioWare.” He insists the move has nothing to do with any bad blood at BioWare. “Just to be clear,” he says, “the parting was completely amicable, and 100% my decision.” Karpyshyn will be writing one last book for BioWare, the next The Old Republic tie-in novel. After that, he intends to devote more of his time to writing original novels and “other non-video game related projects.”

“For the past twelve years I’ve had the privilege to work at one of the best companies in the video game industry, side by side with the most talented and incredible group of people I’ve ever had the good fortune to know. I’ve enjoyed my time at BioWare immensely, but it’s time for me to move on…

During my time at BioWare I worked on a number of beloved and award winning titles. I’m proud of everything we accomplished, and I know going forward that BioWare will continue to live up to its well deserved reputation for making the best story driven games in the industry. The story and dialog in any BioWare game is the result of an entire team of writers working together, and I often felt I received an excessive amount of the credit for the games we created. The Dragon Age games and the continued success of the Mass Effect series after my departure make it pretty clear that BioWare can get along just fine without me, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the games as a fan rather than from the other side of the fence. (I alluded to this earlier when I was talking about ME3. That’s a little writer’s trick called foreshadowing.)

Though he does make it clear that it has nothing to do with anything behind the scenes at BioWare, one can’t help but speculate on the meaning of his departure, or the timing. He left the Mass Effect series to work on TOR. Presumably, TOR has lots of new content in the future. Considering that the most recent Mass Effect novel, Deception, is littered with errors – so many that it appears as though BioWare didn’t bother editing it, and the author didn’t bother reading Karpyshyn’s books – we might wonder what’s next for TOR. Here’s hoping that with the loss of the guy who helped create the known Biowareverse, their core franchises don’t suffer.

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5 Comments on Drew Karpyshyn Is Leaving BioWare


On February 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Ha ! I dont buy the “amicable” departure. Pretty sure things are going awry behind the scenes at Bioware…

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On February 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

@yarost maybe, my guess was now that he has become a bigger name, he figures he can make more money and have more freedom putting out his own books.

I am assuming EA wouldn’t let him keep story or residuals.


On February 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Probably on his way to doing movies.


On February 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Here’s hoping he turns right around in a few years and sues EA and Bioware to get the rights to Mass Effect out from under them. It probably won’t happen, but a guy can dream.

That said, I believe that Bioware will start going downhill from here until it is no longer part of EA.


On February 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

12 ing years… There’s your answer why hes leaving.

He suffered what alot of people in the industry suffer at some point, same old same old.
People get tired of working on the same thing for years on.

He surely wants his potential to go around, and now he probably has enough funds to take risks on his own and face new ventures.