BioWare fans hoping that Anthem will be a return to form for the developer might have something new to worry about. Drew Karpyshyn, best known as lead writer for Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, just announced that he’s leaving BioWare… again.
Karpyshyn initially retired from BioWare after Mass Effect 2 to pursue personal writing projects before returning to the developer to work on Anthem. However, as of March 2nd, Karpyshyn is “no longer an employee of BioWare/EA,” according to a recent blog post. Instead, Karpyshyn revealed that he’ll be working on a new project with other former BioWare developers at Fogbank Entertainment.
Karpyshyn’s departure could mean really bad things for Anthem, depending how deep into development the game is. BioWare GM Casey Hudson tweeted a reassurance that Karpyshyn “has wrapped up his work on the project, but Anthem‘s Lead Writers and their teams continue to do amazing work developing the world, story, and characters.” Still, this comment could be taken two different ways. Either Karpyshyn (whose work on Mass Effect 2 and Knights of the Old Republic are widely considered some of BioWare’s best writing efforts) laid some positive groundwork for the Anthem team, or Karpyshyn’s departure came before he could make any significant contributions to the game.
In his exit announcement, Karpyshyn revealed that working at BioWare is “creatively demanding and—at times—exhausting. In the past, I’ve managed to juggle outside projects with my work at BioWare, but it always took a toll.” Whether his departure was due to creative differences is unclear, though he did specify that “there is no dirty laundry I’m just waiting to air.”
Karpyshyn’s departure is only the latest in a string of high-profile BioWare employees jumping ship. Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw left the developer in October 2017, creating a lot of doubts about the future of BioWare’s other current major franchise. Before that, general manager Aaryn Flynn left in July 2017, just ahead of BioWare Montreal’s closure.
Anthem is in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and was recently delayed to early 2019.
Source: Game Rant