Mass Effect 3 Follow Up: Drew Karpyshyn “Completely Focused” On The Old Republic
Last week we brought news, via a nonchalant tweet from BioWare’s Casey Hudson, that Drew Karpyshyn, lead writer on Mass Effect and co-lead on Mass Effect 2, wouldn’t be sharing lead writing duties for part 3. Hudson’s tweet – was vague, leaving open the possibility that Karpyshyn might still be involved in some capacity.
We found this less than clear, so we reached out to BioWare for further comment. Today we received the following response:
“Drew is completely focused on Star Wars: The Old Republic at this time.”
That seems to settle the question of Drew’s involvement in ME3 – none. Mac Walters is the guy on that game. But this leaves some big questions, namely how much of Mass Effect 3′s story builds off of Drew’s work, and whether or not, as is widely believed, Drew outlined the entire story from the get go. It’s not automatically a bad thing that the lead and co-lead on the previous games has moved on, but it does make us a lot more interested in knowing how that affects the story. Believe it or not, we’re not letting this one lay unanswered and have reached out for more information. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we get it.