One of the most influential writers in
BioWare's stable is taking his leave of the studio after twelve
years. This week, lead scribe Drew Karyphyshn told his blog readers
that he'll be leaving the video game industry to pursue novels,
screenplays, and “other projects”.
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,” wrote Karpyshyn, indicating an amicable split.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at BioWare immensely, but it’s time for
me to move on.”
Karpyshyn has had a hand in creating many of
the stories and characters for hit BioWare games including Mass
Effect 2, Jade Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,
Neverwinter Nights, and Baldur's Gate II. He also penned a series
of novels tie-ins for some of BioWare's most popular franchises, and
is working on book for Star Wars: The Old Republic.
It's typically the lead designers or studio heads that get to be the rock
stars in the video game world, but seeing as BioWare's reputation rests on its storytelling and character development, this could be its
equivalent of losing a lead singer. No doubt, BioWare will find a back-up, but this could have some effect on its trademark voice all the same.