Any time a big name leaves a major company, there’s always speculation as to what exactly happened. Did they really leave because they wanted to? Were they forced out? People can’t help but be a little curious.
In the case of Bioware founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, it’s fairly safe to say that most gamers looking in feel like the retirement of the doctors is due to the reception of the company’s most recent offerings.
And according to ex-Bioware dev Trent Oster they may not be that far off.
According to an interview with Now Gamer, Oster said that he had spoken with Zeschuk at one point and could see his “exhaustion”. At that point he’d advised him to “Punch out, eject, get the hell out.” Oster also says that he felt the “Mass Effect 3 fan reaction and Old Republic fans negativity was just too much.”
When people work on something for a very long time and then the reaction to it is extremely bad, it’s not difficult to see why it would wear on them. However — according to Oster — there may have been a bit more to Muzyka retiring. Oster believes that Muzyka was intent on working his way up the corporate ladder at EA — all the way to John Riccotello’s position as CEO.
He believes that when SWTOR went free to play, it was deemed a failure within EA and the weight of that was pinned on Muzyka.
Whatever the Doctors’ reasons for leaving, it’s one of those things that tend to happen. People get bored, aren’t happy doing what they’re currently doing or sometimes just get the urge to do something else. Whichever of these things it may be, I’m sure long-time Bioware fans wish them the best in their new endeavors.