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BioWare Co-founder Talks EA

By Fr33Lanc3r.00711-04-2013

Greg Zeschuk, one of Bioware's co-founders - both of whom left in September last year - has opened up to GamesIndustry.biz about his decision to leave the Games Industry to pursue his latest passion - the Beer Diaries - and about his time working with EA after BioWare was bought out. There were some interesting things said, but most of all there were some good insights into the way that BioWare operated under EA. I'm sorry to disappoint all of the 'EA ran BioWare into the ground' believers out there, but Zeschuk went out of his way to say that "I really enjoyed my time at EA. It's interesting, people make a lot of assumptions about us and our feelings and how they treat people, but honestly we were treated really well. I made a lot of friends there, and I respect the people there are ton."

He goes on to clarify exactly how much say he (and the rest of BioWare) had on the creative decisions made on some of their more controversial titles, saying "The best analogy I use, in a positive way, is EA gives you enough rope to hang yourself. It was really interesting because we really made all the choices we wanted to make ourselves; these are all things we wanted to try...That was the biggest revelation, that rope that EA gives you; they don't second-guess you, they don't say you shouldn't do that. We had complete creative control over a lot of it; some fans didn't like some of it and some of it was experimental, quite frankly." In short, the games made by BioWare after 2007 were altogether the games the BioWare wanted to make, EA had little say in them other than offering the teams at BioWare the opportunities to try things that they previously couldn't. Make of that what you will.

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