Mass Effect Lead Writer Returns To BioWare After Three Years

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After completing the sci-fi trilogy back in 2012, BioWare is set to release a brand new entry in the Mass Effect franchise sometime next year after teasing fans with a short trailer at E3 2015. Known as Mass Effect Andromeda, the title promises to shake things up by letting fans take control of a brand new lead character in a setting that’s rumored to be far and away from Commander Shepard.

Mass Effect Andromeda will also be breaking new ground with the fact that it’s going to be BioWare’s largest game to date. No small task considering BioWare also works on huge games like Star Wars: The Old Republic. With not many familiar faces returning from the previous games (if any) and a completely new narrative to craft, the Mass Effect writing team have a lot on their plate. The writing core at BioWare however is getting another boost with the news that the former lead writer on the first two Mass Effect games is coming back to the studio.

Long time BioWare writer, Drew Karpyshyn, has announced that after a three year hiatus, he has rejoined BioWare. Karpyshyn originally left BioWare to focus on writing a trilogy of novels known as the Choas Realm. With the third and final book in the trilogy set for release in a few weeks, Karpyshyn felt the time was right to once again rejoin BioWare.

I suspect a lot of folks are going to wonder if this means BioWare is about to announce a new project tied to my return. The short answer: no. I originally came to the Austin studio many years ago to work on SWTOR and – at least for now – that’s what I’m focusing on again.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Karpyshyn is a longtime BioWare employee spending over a decade at the development company working as lead writer on a number of titles such as Mass Effect 1 & 2, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, and even older games such as Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate II. Karpyshyn has also written a number of books based on BioWare properties including Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. For the time being, Karpyshyn is rejoining the BioWare Austin studio to continue working on Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Considering that Mass Effect Andromeda is pretty far into development and due for release sometime next year, it’s not surprising to hear that Karpyshyn wasn’t added to that team. Considering his vast amount of experience at BioWare working on different IPs including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, having Karpyshyn rejoin The Old Republic writer’s room makes sense. It’s safe to assume EA and BioWare will have more Mass Effect games in the future, so perhaps he’ll join on to once again lead the story team for any future titles in that franchise.

Do you think Karpyshyn will eventually jump back to future games in the series once Mass Effect Andromeda launches? Voice your opinion down in the comments and let us know.

Mass Effect Andromeda is scheduled for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC sometime in 2016.

Source: Drew Karpyshyn Personal Blog