KOTOR, Mass Effect & Dragon Age Writer Leaves Games Behind

Drew Karpyshyn, who's been a writer at BioWare for over a decade now, will be walking away from the games business to focus on his novels.

In that decade, Karpyshyn contributed to some of the best-written video games of all time, including Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, the first two Mass Effect games and most recently Star Wars: The Old Republic. He's also written for the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series.

During that time he's also increasingly been dabbling in those series' associated novels, penning books based on Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect and Star Wars. And it's that kind of work Karpyshyn will be pursuing more of, as he retired from BioWare as of last week.

Hopefully this means he can go back to doing Mass Effect books (he did the first three), so its publishers don't have to release any more patches. For a novel.

February 15 [Drew Karpyshyn, via VG247]


    focus on his novels, which might possibly be made into video games haha

    Talk about stepping out of your industry and re-entering it 5 rungs higher! (if someone does option a game, of course)

    please don't

    I have read all his Mass Effect novels and loved them so I will be very keen to see what else he can come up with. Hope Bioware can fill his shoes to. He has been a writer on a lot of the games I love most :-)

    Will be missed by Bioware I think. Fingers crossed he still does some Mass Effect novels down the line.

    Hope he's happy doing whatever he does next.

    Really enjoyed the vision he brought to Mass Effect's future humanity, hopefully he finds a way to work in that universe again someday.

    Also really loved his work on KOTOR/SWTOR and Jade Empire.

    ...he'll be back. >:)

    Ive read his three ME novels and Revan, and very much enjoyed his writing in the ME, NWN and DA games, so I think he will be sorely missed by Bioware and the fans. That said, I hope he is still given licence to continue writing ME novels, and wish him well in his future endeavours.

    I was hoping it would be Jennifer "Hamburger Helper" Hepler.


    This guy writes really really well.

    I struggle most of the time when I try to read a novel that is based off of a video game series because they're generally tacky, poorly plotted stories,

    Drew does has a really good way to engage his readers.

    Looking forward to his new books!

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