Bioware’s lead writer Drew Karpyshyn has retired from the games industry.
Announcing the decision on his blog, he said that the parting was “completely amicable and 100 per cent my decision”.
He said that quitting the studio was an “essential step” for his career as a creative artist, as he wanted to move out of what had become is “comfort zone”.
Karpyshyn has worked at Bioware for 12 years, and his responsibilities have included co-writing the Mass Effect 2 script and being the lead writer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, which has worked on for the past three years.
He added that he is leaving to purse other non-game related projects, such as writing a new novel based on SWTOR.
“For the past twelve years I’ve had the privilege to work at one of the best companies in the video game industry, side by side with the most talented and incredible group of people I’ve ever had the good fortune to know," said Karpyshyn.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at BioWare immensely, but it’s time for me to move on.I’m leaving to focus more time and energy on my novels and other non-video game related projects. But even though I’ll no longer be working on games for BioWare, I’m not going to be severing all ties with them.
“Many of my closest friends still work at the company, and I’m also in the process of writing the next Star Wars: The Old Republic novel, though I can’t say too much about it yet.”