Writer Drew Karpyshyn has announced his retirement from BioWare for any second time, to pursue other projects.
Karpyshyn, who has previously worked on Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, announced the news on his internet site IGXE.Com.
The writer initially left BioWare Austin in 2012, to operate on the Chaos Born trilogy, a series of fantasy books released between 2013 and 2015. He returned to the studio in 2015 once the series was full, to work on Star Wars: The Old Republic.
“I know quite a bit of you might be asking yourself why I am undertaking this”, he wrote on his weblog. “For many individuals, functioning at BioWare would be their dream job and they cannot envision any person stepping away from it. Nevertheless it was time for me to move on.
“Everyone who functions at BioWare pours their heart and soul into the games they may be generating. It is creatively demanding and – at instances – exhausting. Inside the previous, I’ve managed to buy SWTOR credits juggle outside projects with my work at BioWare, however it often took a toll. And there have been often outside projects I had to pass on since they would represent a conflict of interest with BioWare or EA properties.”
Karpyshyn won’t be leaving the market altogether. He will now be writing inside a freelance capacity, initially for FoxNext Games’ new studio, Fogbank Entertainment, where he might be working alongside former BioWare writers Alex Freed and Daniel Erickson.
The studio’s existing project is described only as an “episodic narrative game, which will draw from story, character, and location components based on acclaimed Fox intellectual house also as original content.”
As for what Karpyshyn had been operating on at BioWare not too long ago, he remains tight-lipped. Karpyshyn had previously confirmed that he was working on the upcoming Anthem, but will not be drawn on specifically what that entailed. “Just since I’ve left BioWare does not mean I am going to start blabbing all their secrets”, he wrote.