Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2 writer Drew Karpyshyn leaving studio to focus on novel writing and other non-gaming endeavors.
BioWare is known for its storytelling, but the studio behind Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect has just lost one of its chief narrative architects.
BioWare senior writer Drew Karpyshyn announced via his blog this week that he has left BioWare to focus on writing novels and other non-gaming works. He had been with BioWare for more than 12 years.
Karpyshyn most recently contributed to the fiction of Star Wars: The Old Republic, on which he served as senior writer. He also co-wrote the story of Mass Effect 2, as well as novels based in the Mass Effect universe.
Karpyshyn said his departure from BioWare was "completely amicable, and 100 percent my decision." He said he enjoyed his run at BioWare but that it was "time to move on."
While Karpyshyn has left BioWare, he remains at work on the next novel in the Star Wars: The Old Republic franchise, which he said he is not at liberty to share details on.
Past BioWare projects Karpyshyn contributed to include Neverwinter Nights, Jade Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (his first lead writing role), Mass Effect, and Mass Effect 2.
Maybe Bioware will have some decent stories in thier games now. Previously Bioware titles put me to sleep, most over rated developer ever.
He probably sad something about adding skip buttons for combat, and is getting out whiloe he still can... jk, LOL
i like bioware very much . im little worry about bioware are they lost them power to write a new storyline . do any thing but pleas we except prime storyline for dragon age 3
I wish him the best of luck in whatever comes next :) if he managed to pull off something as brilliant as mass effect 2 I have little doubt that his next works will be fruitful as well :)
I wish him luck, thank him for his great work with my favorite developer and I hope Bioware can keep up the quality of their games without him.P.S. I wonder if Bioware has a job opening available *begins searching for resume*
Karpyshyn is an entertaining writer (his novels aren't quality or anything), but he gets insane props for writing Jade Empire and if he had a hand in the characters from ME2 then he needs a big pat on the back. Thanks for everything!
Well at least he can say he left the gaming buisness on a high note. Wish him luck in his next project.
Mass Effect already went gold. Will be out in March, so he is already done with that game which is probably one of his reasons for leaving. ME was supposed to be a trilogy and that is it, so I can see while he wants to move on, but what if they decide to try something different with ME.... Hmmm... Anyways, GL to him and can't wait unitl March 6th.
A shame, he was the only good thing about BioWare's writing staff. Also unfortunately, he wasn't *that* good of a novelist... but he has room to learn and improve.
It's a shame to say this but I think writing for video games he'll reach a lot more people then he will writing books.
@Gryphes2k I dont know if he did any of the writing for Mass Effect 3(I'm sure he did) but he wasn't the lead writer.
@Cowbie I Disagree. The real reason I know of him is because of his fantastic novels, and he left to devote more time to work on his novels.
I'm going to capture this man, when his car crashes in a blizzard, i will drag him to my cabin in the forest, nurse him to health, then make him write Dragon Age 3, and when he tries to escape I break his legs
@_Silent_Jay_ thank you for the support. There is a lot of good writing in the gaming world. Some Bioware, i am not saying all are the best out there. But to say that gaming lacks anything in quality is clearly ignorant. There are a lot of gamewriters that could write books instead, but choose to do this because they like it and they make quality games
don't give this position to a feminist cause they might write femdom stories instead of legit things. then Shepard will be just that dog Shepard. well I've got a german Shepard too. it's actually a cross breed.
Did he finish the storyline for Mass Effect 3 before leaving? I hope so because it's already in development process. anyway this is a good news and a bad news. good news is someone should come forward and take his position so more innovative ideas can be made. also he can work on his own business than keep doing the same thing for another couple of years. bad news is BIOWARE lost a skilled employee and we might probably lost someone who can write good storyline. changing is inevitable that's the nature of this universe.
That's sad, but like those actors who quit their jobs to go off and do better things, we'll probably never hear from him again. People have a hard time understanding when they're at the height of their careers.
Bioware is losing its direction rapidly nowdays,IMO,their games losing identity,being forced to appeal to both core and casual markets,while failing at both sides.This will just make things worse. A sad day for gamers to lose such a talented writter.I suppose we can expect nothing but mediocrity from Bioware now...
Frakk! the facto responsable to the most important asset of bioware (storytelling) is gone? Oh dear! I just forsee bad stories from now on.
I thank him, and I wish him well. I hope BioWare realizes how important the quality of the story telling is to their brand, to their success. And does the diligence and pays the coin to find a worthy successor, whom I am sure is out there. Think positive, guys. :-)
This are bad news for the gaming world. Except TOR, I've played all those games and I can definitely say that all of them had awesome stories. Hope that someone else will be able to take his place.
Well I liked the mans work in Mass Effect 1 and 2, and KOTOR. Whatever he does best of luck to him. God I hope Jennifer Helper doesnt replace him.
this is truly sad but i hope it doesn't affect the stories of the upcoming games in a bad way specially mass effect 3.
@the_last_ride Missing a few words? As far as Star Wars novels are concerned, they all suck. Every one. People like them because they're like masturbation simple and pleasing to tiny but focused part of the brain. All these people praising Bioware and apparently this guy, are embarrassing. Not that they like this stuff (after all it is masturbatory), but because they think it's good. Half of the hack science fiction writers I converse with know they write crap, the other half have no idea what skill techniques are.
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