Ex-BioWare co-founder and Baldur's Gate developer, Trent Oster, believes thenegative fan reaction to Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic couldhave attributed to Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk's decision to leave BioWare andthe games industry.
Speaking to NowGamer, Oster explained that on hislast meeting with Zeschuk, the developer was visibly exhausted.
"Thelast time I met up with [Greg], I felt his exhaustion," explained Oster."Punch out, eject, get the hell out", was my suggestions to him and it hit
closer to the mark than I had realised. I also think the Mass Effect 3 fanreaction and the Old Republic fans negativity was just toomuch."
"You have to love games and you put your heart into them tocreate them. To have the fans creating petitions against the work is pretty hardto take, especially when you've spent the last few years crunching overtime totry and ship a game.It can be hard to shut off the overwhelming negativitythe internet spews forth, especially when it has your name or the name of yourcompany in it."
Though Oster wasn't surprised when Zeschuk announcedhis retirement from the industry, when Muzyka did the same it did come as ashock.
"Ray surprised me," explained Oster. "I had him pegged as an EAlifer. My thought was the Ray agenda was to first usurp Frank Gibeau and thenlater John Riccotello as CEO."
"I'm sure the internal culture at EAhad pinned the Old Republic conversion to free to play as a failure and hungthat completely on Ray, so that would have hurt his upward climb. But, Ifigured he would fight harder. EA upper management must have been even worsethan I thought."NeoGAF
Okay, I find this sad. I don't know about you guys, and I don't care how you feel about Mass Effect 3's ending, or The Old Republic's failure, but these two guys created a legenedary company, and they created some of the greatest games of all time. Even people who have distaste for modern Bioware have to recognize the extent of their contributions to gaming. The fact that internet vitriol over the ending oftheirstory caused them to leave the company they built is just sad, and makes me even more ashamed and resentful towards the fan reaction at Mass Effect 3's ending.