The man who spun a thousand narrative yarns together to create some of the most involving stories and worlds a gamer could have ever set foot in has left BioWare. Drew Karpyshyn, who wrote Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the original Mass Effect has not only left BioWare, but has departed from video game writing altogether.
A post on his Twitter confirmed that he would be leaving the wonderful world of polygons and pixels behind, whilst his blog went into more detail on his decision to leave. Karpyshyn said that the decision to leave was “was completely amicable, and 100% my decision”, it seems that he has just had enough with video game writing.
It seems though that Karpyshyn isn’t at all worried about the future of BioWare as he believes the company’s successes are little to do with him being on board in the first place.
“During my time at BioWare I worked on a number of beloved and award winning titles. I’m proud of everything we accomplished, and I know going forward that BioWare will continue to live up to its well deserved reputation for making the best story driven games in the industry. The story and dialog in any BioWare game is the result of an entire team of writers working together, and I often felt I received an excessive amount of the credit for the games we created. The Dragon Age games and the continued success of the Mass Effect series after my departure make it pretty clear that BioWare can get along just fine without me, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the games as a fan rather than from the other side of the fence.”
It seems that his time off will be spent finishing up his fantasy novel Children of Fire, and seeing as his previous Mass Effect novels were of astounding quality, it should be something all Karpyshyn fans look forward to. He also points out that his departure means he’s got plenty of time for golf alongside his writing.
“Even if you are someone who is going to miss my contributions to the video game world, I hope you’ll be somewhat mollified by the fact that I’m going to have more time for novels, screenplays and other projects. (Like finally finishing Children of Fire, the first novel in my original fantasy series, which I’ve been perpetually working on for almost a decade.)
I’ll always have fond memories of BioWare, and a great appreciation for everything it meant to me. But my future is wide open, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store. (Plus, now I’ll have more time for golf.)”