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BioWare Corporation

Overview

BioWare Corp. is a game development studio founded by medical doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk in February 1995. It is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. BioWare specializes in RPGs (role-playing games) and only released two products in other genres so far, their first game Shattered Steel (1996) and MDK 2 (2000).

Among their most important franchises are Baldur's Gate , Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. They also created Neverwinter Nights (2002), the Star Wars-inspired RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) and Jade Empire (2005).

The company often has been working together with Black Isle Studios for Baldur's Gate games. Obsidian Entertainment, where most of the former Black Isle employees move on to, also created the sequel to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Their in-house developed engines (Aurora, Infinity, Odyssey) have often been used for third party games.

On 3rd November 2005 the company formed an alliance with Pandemic Studios, backed financially by Elevation Partners. Through the operation, a holding company called BioWare/Pandemic Studios was created. BioWare's two co-founders and Pandemic's two co-founders, Andrew Goldman and Josh Resnick become shareholders and senior executives. John Riccitiello from Elevation became the company's CEO. On October 11, 2007, this partnership was bought by Electronic Arts.

On 19th September 2006 BioWare announced the formation of a handheld development group, led by project director Dan Tudge. Earlier, on 13rd March 2006 they opened an additional studio in Austin, Texas, headed by Gordon Walton and Richard Vogel.

On 18th September 2012 it was confirmed both founders left the company. Ray Muzaka said to retire from the games industry entirely, stating "I've largely personally achieved what I wanted in videogames". Greg Zeschuk shared a similar sentiment, but said he would not work on games for a while and added: "[...] there’s a strong possibility that I won't be back".

Games

Dragon Age: Inquisition(2014)
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition(2013)
Battlefield 4(2013)
Mass Effect 3: Citadel(2013)
Mass Effect 3: Reckoning Multiplayer Expansion(2013)
Mass Effect(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Omega(2012)
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Alternate Appearance Pack 1(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Special Edition(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Groundside Resistance Pack(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Retaliation Multiplayer Expansion(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Firefight Pack(2012)
MDK 2 HD(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Earth Multiplayer Expansion(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Rebellion Multiplayer Expansion(2012)
Mass Effect 3: Resurgence Multiplayer Expansion(2012)
Mass Effect 3(2012)
Mass Effect 3: From Ashes(2012)
Mass Effect 3 (N7 Collector's Edition)(2012)
Mass Effect: Edycja Rozszerzona(2011)
Mass Effect 2: Arrival(2011)
Dragon Age II(2011)
Dragon Age II (BioWare Signature Edition)(2011)
Mass Effect 2(2011)
Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker(2010)
Mass Effect 2: Overlord(2010)
Mass Effect 2: Kasumi - Stolen Memory(2010)
Mass Effect 2: Firewalker Pack(2010)
Mass Effect 2: Normandy Crash Site(2010)
Mass Effect 2: Zaeed - The Price of Revenge(2010)
Mass Effect 2 (Collector's Edition)(2010)
Mass Effect 2(2010)
Mass Effect 2 (Digital Deluxe Edition)(2010)
Dragon Age: Origins (Digital Deluxe Edition)(2009)
Dragon Age: Origins(2009)
Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)(2009)
Mass Effect (Zolotoe izdanie)(2009)
Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station(2009)
Mass Effect: Galaxy(2009)
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood(2008)
Witcher: Enhanced Edition, The(2008)
Mass Effect: Bring Down the Sky(2008)
Mass Effect(2007)
Mass Effect (Limited Collector's Edition)(2007)
Witcher, The(2007)
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer(2007)
Jade Empire: Special Edition(2007)

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Trivia

In the German gaming magazine PC Player (issue 01/2001) BioWare Corporation received a special award as "Developer of the Year 2000".

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