Legendary ‘Mass Effect’ & ‘Knights Of The Old Republic’ Writer Returns To Bioware; Confirms Work On Star Wars – The Old Republic


Drew Karpyshyn is back working at developer Bioware, and the writer has confirmed that he will be working on Star Wars: The Old Republic for now.

Karpyshyn announced his return on his own blog a few days ago:

Speaking of full circle, here’s the second piece of big news: as of this past week, I am back working at BioWare again! For those who don’t know, I spent over a decade with BioWare working on many award winning and fan-beloved games like Mass Effect 1&2, Knights of the Old Republic and the Star Wars: The Old Republic Online MMO. A few years ago I left BioWare to focus on my Chaos Born novels, but now that the trilogy is finished, I’ve decided to come back into the fold. But for those of you who love my novels, don’t worry – I’ll still be writing more of those, too!

Working at BioWare was a challenging but very rewarding job, and it’s good to be back as part of the team. The thing I missed most about BioWare was the amazing people I got to work with, and luckily for me many of them are still there!

According to the writer, his return doesn’t mean that Bioware will be announcing a new project:

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.

Karpyshyn’s statement regarding a possible new project is quite obvious though – Bioware hasn’t announced a new project themselves yet. In a tweet, the writer confirmed that he will  be working on the MMORPG, instead of writing novels.

At Bioware, his work for the Mass Effect series included writing for the first 2 games in the series. He also worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic back in the day.