Writer Drew Karpyshyn has announced his retirement from BioWare to get SWTOR credits a 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 website.
The writer initially left BioWare Austin in 2012, to work on the Chaos Born trilogy, a series of fantasy books released among 2013 and 2015. He returned for the studio in 2015 as soon as the series was full, to work on Star Wars: The Old Republic.
“I know a good deal of that you are wondering why I am doing this”, he wrote on his weblog. “For many of us, working at BioWare would be their dream job and they can not visualize anybody stepping away from it. However it was time for me to move on.
“Everyone who operates at BioWare pours their heart and soul into the games they are producing. It’s creatively demanding and – at instances – exhausting. Within the past, I’ve managed to buy SWTOR credits juggle outside projects with my work at BioWare, but it constantly took a toll. And there have been generally outdoors projects I had to pass on since they would represent a conflict of interest with BioWare or EA properties.”
Karpyshyn will not be leaving the sector altogether. He will now be writing in a freelance capacity, first for FoxNext Games’ new studio, Fogbank Entertainment, exactly where he are going to be working alongside former BioWare writers Alex Freed and Daniel Erickson.
The studio’s present project is described only as an “episodic narrative game, which will draw from story, character, and place components based on acclaimed Fox intellectual property as well as original content material.”
As for what Karpyshyn had been functioning on at BioWare recently, he remains tight-lipped. Karpyshyn had previously confirmed that he was functioning on the upcoming Anthem, but will not be drawn on specifically what that entailed. “Just mainly because I’ve left BioWare does not imply I’m going to start blabbing all their secrets”, he wrote.