Did you enjoy the stories in Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights? These stories were the result of Drew Karpyshyn’s imagination and storytelling abilities. He served as the lead writer and co-lead on many BioWare titles for the past twelve years and recently announced his retirement from game writing on his blog.
On February 15th, Karpyshyn posted, “I just got back from Vegas. Now, I don’t really need an excuse to go to Vegas, but this time I had a good reason. You see, I was celebrating a major life milestone. As of last week, I have officially retired from BioWare.” Karpyshyn goes on to say that he is by no means “severing all ties” with BioWare, though he intends to spend his retirement writing novels, screenplays, etc. as opposed to writing for games. He is currently writing the next Star Wars: The Old Republic novel and intends to finish writing Children of Fire, the first book of a fantasy series. Beginning in 2007, he wrote three Mass Effect books, the first of which is a prequel to the game series.
A Joystiq article fondly writes, “From heading up writing on Jade Empire to creating the world of Mass Effect, Karpyshyn has shaped arguably the most important aspect of BioWare’s legacy in the game industry — its stories.” Karpyshyn believes he sometimes gets too much credit for games, as they were a team effort rather than the result of an individual. He says BioWare will do well without him, “The Dragon Age games and the continued success of the Mass Effect series after my departure make it pretty clear that BioWare can get along just fine without me.” However, his retirement from game writing by no means indicates a retirement from gaming! Karpyshyn notes, “I’m looking forward to experiencing the games as a fan rather than from the other side of the fence.”
KitGuru says: Although we are happy for Karpyshyn’s news, he will be missed in the gaming world. We intend to follow his literary additions as Karpyshyn unveils new fantasy worlds.
Good luck, Drew! We wish you well!