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