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Mass Effect lead writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves BioWare a second time

BioWare's General Manager, Casey Hudson, addressed these concerns on Twitter and reassured fans that Karpyshyn's departure won't negatively impact Anthem, and that the game's story continues to be an important part of its development. The writer left the studio before, back in 2012 to work on his original novel series titled Chaos Born.

This marks the second time the writer has left the Edmonton-based game dev; the first was in 2012 for numerous same reasons, but Karpyshyn came back in 2015 to help write Star Wars: The Old Republic and work on BioWare's massively ambitious new IP Anthem.

I know a lot of you are wondering why I'm doing this.

"FoxNext is committed to developing quality gaming experiences, and Fogbank is going to help us to develop an interactive storytelling platform that allows us to expand on Fox's catalog of entertainment while also developing new, unique fiction", Aaron Loeb, president of studios at FoxNext Games, says in a statement (via VentureBeat).

Interestingly, Fogbank is where other ex-BioWare employees work too, like Daniel Erickson and Alex Freed.

Announced by BioWare and EA back at E3 previous year, Anthem is the publisher's answer to Activision and Bungie's own Destiny series.

"Everyone who works at BioWare pours their heart and soul into the games they are making", he added. "It's creatively demanding and-at times-exhausting", he said.

BioWare's new IP Anthem is now in development for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

According to his own announcement on the matter, Karpyshyn made a decision to leave BioWare simply because he could no longer juggle his personal projects with that of work for BioWare.

Karpyshyn has a long history at Bioware, he had been working with the studio back in 2002 when the studio was working on Knights of the Old Republic.

Karpyshyn's first post-BioWare video game work will be something with FoxNextGames and developer Fogbank Entertainment. I'd love to say more about the novel (s) I'm working on, or my graphic novel project, but those details will have to wait a while.

Original story, March 12 at 12pm: Star Wars: The Old Republic creative director is making a Telltale-like game.



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