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Jan 28, 2013
Some excerpts from the article, most notably some of the quotes:
"I just felt like my passion was waning," Zeschuk said of his decision to leave BioWare in September.
"I think one of the reasons that we survived and succeeded within EA was that our company was mature enough and there was enough good people throughout to handle the EA bear hug — something that is well meaning but vigorous," he said. "We needed to be strong to survive that and I think we did and you evolve from that as well."
Just why Zeschuk lost his passion for gaming remains a bit unclear. Was it because of the sale to EA, Star Wars: The Old Republic's relatively small subscriber base, the anger some fans felt over the ending of the Mass Effect trilogy?
"One of the few things I find kind of funny is the responses of the fans, because they sort of respond that they are kind of mad at us for leaving because they think we owe them more games. You know it's sad I wish I could deliver on that, but I don't think I would be as good as I was in that space historically. Like I said, the fire wasn't there."
When Zeschuk said his goodbyes last year, he wrote that there was a strong possibility he wouldn't be returning to the game industry. Does he still feel that gaming isn't something he'd come back to?
"Yeah, it's probably not," he said. "I'm having fun doing [beer brewing], so probably not. We'll see, but I'm not planning on it at this point for sure."
I imagine being bought by EA was draining the morale of Bioware employees. Zeschuk even refers to EA as a bear hug. Perhaps that helps to explain why a $200-$300 million dollar game failed to deliver the most comprehensive Star Wars experience ever? The high job turnover rate at EA's Bioware subdivision probably didn't / isn't helping either.
In other words, EA just sucked the life and creativity out of everyone working on the project. :-/ .. although Dr. Zeschuk was far more political about it.
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Recognize the voice? Yep sounds like Penny Arcade's Extra Credits.