BioWare Interview, Part One

Despite the fact that the interview actually took place at GamesCom, it wasn't until earlier today that Gaming Union offered up the first half of a Q&A they did with BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk. A sampling: You released Mass Effect 2 at the start of the year instead of the usual Fall release, and Dragon Age 2 will again be a Q1 release, is this going to be a new trend?

Greg Zeschuk: It's kinda when they're done. *laughs* When they're done and they're good. It's when they sort of time out. One thing that's encouraging that you're seeing out in the market is that it's not all about the Christmas season anymore. You can actually have very successful games shipping out all other times of the year. We tend to spend a lot of time on our games. We don't want to try to squeeze them out too early before their time and that's probably the key thing. As far as moving forward, we always want to be releasing something from one of our franchises. The great thing now as mentioned before is the downloadable content of varying sizes including whole expansion packs. So once you have the set of content platforms ready to release, there's a lot of opportunities to be really aggressive. There's always something for fans of our franchises to look forward to. But we have to be careful not to overdo it. It's not like we're going to go into a yearly cadence sort of thing in terms of the big four releases, but we just want people to know there's always something they're going to look forward to from their favorite franchise from Bioware in the not too distant future.