It's the end of an era at BioWare. The words and ideas of Drew Karpyshyn have been a driving force behind some of the studio's most critically and commercially acclaimed games over the years, including the first Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and, most recently, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Now, Karpyshyn is leaving the studio that he was so instrumental in helping to build.
The writer revealed the news on his personal blog, along with his plan to now focus on developing novels, screenplays "and other projects." He says that the parting is a completely amicable one, and that it's "100% my decision."
Karpyshyn is plenty established in the literary world, having publishing multiple novels during his BioWare tenure. His most recent release is the excellent Star Wars: The Old Republic novel, Revan, which nods heavily to fans of the KOTOR games, as you might imagine. Karpyshyn also wrote the three Darth Bane books, chronicling the life of the titular Sith Lord who was responsible for creating the order's so-called "Rule of Two."
Outside of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Karpyshyn wrote three Mass Effect novels as well as one for Baldur's Gate and one set in the Forgotten Realms D&D campaign setting. In addition to his Star Wars and Mass Effect contributions at BioWare, Karpyshyn also worked on the games Jade Empire, Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate II. Read more about his departure and future plans at the source link below.