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BioWare's lead writer exiting studio

One of the most influential writers in BioWare's stable is taking his leave of the studio after twelve years. This week, lead scribe Drew Karyphyshn told his blog readers that he'll be leaving the video game industry to pursue novels, screenplays, and “other projects”.

“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,” wrote Karpyshyn, indicating an amicable split. “I’ve enjoyed my time at BioWare immensely, but it’s time for me to move on.”

Karpyshyn has had a hand in creating many of the stories and characters for hit BioWare games including Mass Effect 2, Jade Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights, and Baldur's Gate II. He also penned a series of novels tie-ins for some of BioWare's most popular franchises, and is working on book for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

It's typically the lead designers or studio heads that get to be the rock stars in the video game world, but seeing as BioWare's reputation rests on its storytelling and character development, this could be its equivalent of losing a lead singer. No doubt, BioWare will find a back-up, but this could have some effect on its trademark voice all the same.

17 comments

  • The Mad Prophet - February 18, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Hella lame. Also: where is his neck?
  • md1292 - February 18, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    It's really unfortunate, but at least the original Mass Effect trilogy has been completed while he was there.
  • Shinn - February 17, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    I love his writing, can't wait to see the new projects he tackles. At least Bioware had the sense to treat him with respect, unlike the way Lucas treated Karen Traviss.
  • OohWiiUILookJustLikeBuddyHolly - February 17, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    Without the amazing story ME is just a bland shooter with the simplest of RPG mechanics.
  • Soxknight1127 - February 17, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    this is sad, he's one of my favorite writers (all his Star Wars and Mass Effect books are good to great) and honestly his work on game storylines is one of the reasons I've been a Bioware fan since KOTOR.
  • ObliqueZombie - February 17, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    He was one of the best writers I've ever known, and his Star Wars books, particularly the Darth Bane series, were some of THE BEST books I've ever read--and I've read my fair share. BioWare won't be the same without him. A sham, since they're my favorite developer of all time.
  • MeabhieD - February 17, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    I was thinking of reading the Bane books, but then I read Revan by him and didn't like it. (;_;) *le disappointment* But I have heard they're good, and plan on buying them. Even if i hated the end of Revan, who is probably my favourite Star Wars character
  • ObliqueZombie - February 19, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Yeah, I loved Revan, but I definitely wouldn't call if my favorite book. However, I LOVED it because it plays DIRECTLY into SWTOR. I'm not sure if you play or played it, but Lord Scourge? He's a companion for the Jedi Knight. Revan in the Emperor's Stasis? There's a Flashpoint regarding his freedom. Oh man, it's so cool... back on subject! Great books. Great subject, masterfully written, and definitely worthy of their high-ranking status.
  • Stigweird85 - February 17, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    Yeah it's no way near as good, I've found basic continuity and spelling errors in it. Bioware will suffer without Drew
  • BladedFalcon - February 17, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    Eh, his books regarding ME were decent at best, and his latest one (Deception) Had a shitload of pretty big and stupid continuity errors. Which tells me that one: He wasn't really that involved in the actual story and lore of the core ME games OR he either has crap memory or is just a bad writer. So yeah... not sure his is that much of a big loss.
  • kor2disturbed - February 17, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    I'm fairly certain the newest book was written by a different author, that's why it had so many errors.
  • kor2disturbed - February 17, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    It was written by William C. Dietz according to Amazon.
  • BladedFalcon - February 17, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    ..Crap, that's right, I had checked before I made my comment, but I misread completely. Drew didn't write them. My bad >>; ..Then yeah, this is probably bad news >>;
  • SirNinja - February 17, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    Deception wasn't written by him.
  • BladedFalcon - February 17, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Yeah... I rushed to write this and didn't pay close attention, so I ended up jamming my foot up my mouth rather spectacularly >>; My apologies for the screw up.
  • Afistrife - February 17, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    I don't know anything about the ME books, however, his Star Wars books are amazing. Imo his best works are the Darth Bane books.
  • ObliqueZombie - February 17, 2012 11:39 a.m.

    Yeah, what they all said down below. Honest mistake. If you're into Star Wars at all, check out his Darth Bane series. I just finished up the first one, Path of Destruction, and it may be one of the finest books I've ever read in any genre. That series is pretty acclaimed as a whole, too.

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