Feb 16, 2012

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Senior Writer Drew Karpyshyn Departs BioWare

In what can only be described as sad news, long-time BioWare writer and author in his own right Drew Karpyshyn has announced he is leaving BioWare and the video game business behind. Drew is the author that, among many things, brought us the original Knights of The Old Republic Story, created Darth Revan, and essentially planted the seeds for Star Wars: The Old Republic:

I’m leaving to focus more time and energy on my novels and other non-video game related projects. But even though I’ll no longer be working on games for BioWare, I’m not going to be severing all ties with them. Many of my closest friends still work at the company, and I’m also in the process of writing the next Star Wars: The Old Republic novel, though I can’t say too much about it yet.

On a personal note, I can say that Drew is one of the nicest and most down-to-earth developers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. When Ask A Jedi was first starting out, one of the first conventions I attended was Star Wars Celebration here in Orlando in August of 2010. Drew was there in many capacities, including for TOR, and he spent at least an hour just hanging out with us in a casual atmosphere, sharing drinks and talking TOR. You can check out the video of part of our interview with him below.

Just wanted to say thanks to Drew for all he’s given myself and the entire video game world over the past 12 years, and wish him well in his next “chapter!”

  1. He must’ve been upset that his lore, his characters, must’ve been completely changed by the Old Republic. And just torn apart.

    I can’t assume nor know why he left, but I kind of feel for him. His history was just ripped apart. It’s horrible. It’s one reason why TOR went from my favorite MMO, to-.. Well, not so favorite.

  2. I am sad to see him go as his stories are one of the reasons why I chose to start writing some of my own.

    His leaving also brings into questing who is going to fill his shoes for the remaining time the game is running. I know he wasn’t the only author on the team for this game, far from it. But he was the one who laid down the ground work for it…

  3. Jonas Birk Jensen says:

    This is sad… In my opinion he’s even better than George Lucas. COME BACK DREW!

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