Mass Effect lead writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves Bioware…again.

Mass Effect lead writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves Bioware…again.

Drew Karpyshyn, the lead writer of both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, has left Bioware again. He’ll be working with a new studio called Fogbank Games. He’ll also focus on writing novels.

Should I stay or should I go? Drew Karpyshyn leaves Bioware again.

Fogbank Games is lead by another former BioWare lead writer, Daniel Erickson. He was formerly the creative director of Star Wars: The Old Republic. This is the second time Karpyshyn has left Bioware. He also left in 2012 to work on a series of novels, before returning in 2015 to continue working on Star Wars: The Old Republic and Anthem.

Drew Karpyshyn

He’s gone again. So long, Drew Karpyshyn. You’ll be missed…until you come back to BioWare again at least.

Here’s what he had to say about his most recent departure.

“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.” – Drew Karpyshyn

How long do you think it will be before he rejoins BioWare this time? I’m going to bet on four years. Please comment below and let us know your guess.

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4 comments on “Mass Effect lead writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves Bioware…again.”

  1. Bonaduce80 says:

    Please, whatever he does don’t let him write another novel. Baldur’s Gate 2 (the novel) was horrific enough as it was, thank you.

  2. Avatar Caradox says:

    It looks like more novels are coming Bonaduce80. It may be based on his own original concepts or Fogbank Games’ IPs this time though, so at least Baldur’s Gate will be spared this time.

  3. Avatar elnawawi says:

    As I commented on some other article about same topic. This guy might be awesome writer, but he wasn’t involved in any Dragon age project, and Dragon Age have the best writings and story in Bioware’s pocket … Way better than Mass Effect one and two.. So why the panic?

    Anthem isn’t about story anyway, only about grabbing your cash, many fans of Bioware like me will probably skip it.

  4. Avatar Caradox says:

    I wouldn’t say panicked, elnawawi but I thought the writing in Mass Effect 1 & 2 was better than in the other Mass Effect titles (I even preferred Andromeda to 3). I did like the writing in Dragon Age too though, so it’s not exactly the death toll for BioWare.

    Does Anthem definitely not have a single-player story aspect then? I’ve heard mixed things regarding it.

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