The moment the BioWare doctors announced their departure last month, I thought it was because of all the negativity surrounding their last three releases. It's a sentiment that was shared by others and even somewhat confirmed by Baldur's Gate developer Trent Oster (though it seemed to be rebuked by BioWare doc Ray Muzyka). Now famous Game Analyst Michael Pachter has gone on record to throw his opinion into the hat.
"I think that we've seen a lot of nasty stuff lately. I think that the whining about the ending of Mass Effect 3 really very much could have been the straw that broke the camel's back for the doctors," he said, speaking on his GameTrailers series Pach Attack. "I mean, if you look back at the BioWare blog, Ray Muzyka said he notified EA in April of his intention to retire in November. April was right about when all that Mass Effect 3 noise was hitting."
Pachter blamed those who complained and asked for them to look in the mirror. "I think you guys who were out there whining vocally about how BioWare screwed you out of a happy ending in Mass Effect should really look in the mirror and wonder… now you're not getting anything like those games again with the two doctors gone. You might get good games, [but] they won't be the same."
Pachter went on attempting to point the finger at "whiners", saying that whining "pisses everybody off, it pisses off creative people, and every once in a while, [developers] say they would rather do something else." He also pointed out that Zeschuk is moving on to pursue his passion for craft beer, and Muzyka is moving on to pursue his passion for helping animals. Gamers won't get anything out of these new pursuits, he said.
"Shame on you, you whiners," he ended.
Wow. Well, he is a man who is paid for his opinions but it's a little harsh. My own personal opinion is that BioWare's last few games, Dragon Age 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3 didn't exactly work out the way they wanted. Could that have been why they left the business? Sure, maybe, or maybe things were also getting too tough with EA. All we really know is that BioWare will never be the same without them.