BioWare: A Video Game Developer Founded in 1995

dragon ageBy Sarah Howell

BioWare, a video game developer, was founded in 1995 in Canada. Currently, it is owned by American company Electronic Arts (EA). Originally, the company was very keen on role-playing games and developed Baldur’s Gate over three years.
Due to popularity, BioWare developed and released Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows or Amn in 2000. In 2007, BioWare released their first science-fiction RPG Mass Effect. In 2008, BioWare released its first handheld console Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood on the Nintendo DS, its first title for a handheld game console. At the end of 2009, BioWare released their fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Origins. In early 2010 they released Mass Effect 2. All these games enjoyed immense success and it was later announced that EA would merge BioWare with Mythic Entertainment, another division of EA, to consolidate their RPG development in one business unit.
Between 2011 and 2012, BioWare completed many major games. The MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, which was based on its earlier Star Wars franchise as well as Dragon Age II, the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins, and Mass Effect 3.
The popularity of RPG and MMOs in EA inspired three additional studios being added to the BioWare Group. Mythic Entertainment was renamed in 2010 to BioWare Mythic. In 2009, Electronic Arts announced their intent to restructure their RPG and MMO development into a new group that combined Mythic Entertainment and BioWare, called BioWare Group. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare was appointed the Group General Manager and BioWare’s other co-founder, Greg Zeschuk, became the Group Creative Officer. Rob Denton stepped up as General Manager of Mythic and later became the Group Operations Officer.
After the release of Mass Effect 3 in 2012, Lucas Arts, The Walt Disney Company, announced that Electronic Arts would produce all future Star Wars games. This included a game on the new Frostbite 3 engine developed by BioWare. In 2013, EA confirmed that all future games developed by BioWare would be made on EA’s Frostbite 3 engine. Later it was announced that both new installations of Dragon Age (Induisition) and Mass Effect would be based on the same engine.

 

 About the Author
Sarah HowellSarah Howell is a 3D-modeler. She is 24-years-old. Howell earned a Bachelor’s of Art and Science degree in Entertainment Design and Game Design and Development, and a minor in writing. She is skilled in story creation, management and 3D modeling and texturing. One of her future plans is to someday have a hand in developing and directing an engaging, story-driven video game.