Lead writer on both Mass Effect 1 and 2, Drew Karpyshyn, has left Bioware to work with a new studio called Fogbank Games headed up by another former Bioware lead writer, Daniel Erickson. After leaving in 2012 to work on a series of novels, he returned in 2015 to continue work on Star Wars: The Old Republic and then move on to Anthem.
Drew has made the decision to return to novel writing alongside his work with Fogbank Games on an episodic, narrative game based on one of 20th Century Fox’s franchises. It seems quite a few ex-Bioware employees have migrated to Fogbank which should make Karpyshyn’s transition go smoothly.
Karpyshyn had a few words to share on his departure from Bioware on his website:
“For many people, working at BioWare would be their dream job and they can’t imagine anyone stepping away from it. But it was time for me to move on. Everyone who works at BioWare pours their heart and soul into the games they are making. It’s creatively demanding and—at times—exhausting. In the past, I’ve managed to juggle outside projects with my work at BioWare, but it always took a toll. And there were always outside projects I had to pass on because they would represent a conflict of interest with BioWare or EA properties. So I made the decision to step back (again) and focus on my freelance work.”
We hope to see some great things coming out of Fogbank with all this great talent working for them.