Mass Effect Lead Writer Drew Karpyshyn Leaves Bioware

Drew Karpyshyn, one the lead writers for the Mass Effect trilogy, has just announced his retirement from Bioware via his blog. Technically, this is Karpyshyn’s second leave from the company because he left in 2012 to work on his Chaos Born book series. However, he returned in 2015 to work on Star Wars: The Old Republic. He also wrote for Bioware’s upcoming Anthem

He notes in his post that he will continue to work on video games, working for Fogbank Entertainment and Foxnext Games. While some might be tempted to look for a story here, Karpyshyn warns that there isn’t one.

He writes:

Please don’t e-mail me asking for more information about why I’m leaving – there is no dirty laundry I’m just waiting to air. And please don’t ask about any BioWare projects I’ve been working on – just because I’ve left BioWare doesn’t mean I’m going to start blabbing all their secrets.

I’m sure people will read more into this statement than there really is, but there’s not much I can do about that. I know some people are going to dwell on the past, but that’s not my style. I’m looking to a bright future, and I hope at least some of you will enjoy where this journey leads!

Even though there seems to be no bad blood between Karpyshyn and Bioware, this news certainly doesn’t bode well for the Mass Effect series – especially after the state the series was left in after Andromeda. Bioware has been losing head writers left and right, but the state of the company will certainly become clearer after Anthem‘s release. 

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