BioWare’s Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have diminished passion for games. They’re not alone

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The announcement that BioWare’s founding doctors, Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, would be leaving the studio 
at which they’ve made an indelible mark on storytelling and roleplay, took fans by surprise. There’s something of an assumption in the games industry that you’re in it for life. Lasting ‘names’ are treasured, and even those who take breaks from their visible roles are expected to return in a Kickstarter age being colonised in significant part by veterans 
in search of a revival.

BioWare founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka retire from the videogame industry

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Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, the co-founders of EA-owned Mass Effect developer BioWare, have quit the company and left the videogame industry.

The news of the duo’s departure – announced to staff at the studio this morning and subsequently leaked to news websites – has been confirmed on the BioWare blog, with statements from each of the co-founders about their future plans.

BioWare confirms Mass Effect 3 ending DLC

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BioWare has bowed to player pressure and announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a free DLC pack due this summer which the studio says will provide "further clarity" for those disappointed by the game's ending.

Command & Conquer Generals 2 announced

Electronic Arts has announced Command & Conquer Generals 2, promising to take the beloved strategy series "back to its roots".The game, announced at the Spike VGA event on Saturday night, runs on DICE's Frostbite 2 engine, is exclusive to PC and will be released in 2013. It's being developed by Victory Games, the strategy studio EA set up in February which is now part of the BioWare label and has been renamed BioWare Victory.

Bioware founders to give BAFTA talk

Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, co-founders of Mass Effect developer BioWare, are to give BAFTA's Annual Videogames Lecture in London later this month.The duo will give their "personal visions for the future of the industry" at BAFTA's headquarters in Piccadilly, London, on November 16. Tickets are available from the source link below for just £6.

The Old Republic dated

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be released on December 20 in North America and December 22 in Europe, publisher EA has announced.Buying a copy of BioWare's long-awaited PC MMOG will net you a 30-day subscription. Access to the game thereafter will cost $14.99/£8.99/€12.99 per month or $41.97/£25.17/€35.97 for three months, with six months costing $77.94/£46.14/€65.94.

BioWare goes free-to-play with Warhammer

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DICE Summit 2011 Report

DICE Summit 2011 Report

The DICE Summit largely provides the opportunity for high-level gaming executives to meet, play golf and poker and relax, but for those interested the schedule of sessions offered a variety of fascinating insight into the development process — some from the most unlikely of places.