Despite just finishing Neverwinter Nights and delaying Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioWare is not ready to stop at all. In fact, they have just announced TWO new projects, both RPGs. Unlike Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, these games will not be based on Dungeons and Dragons or any other intellectual properties. They will be original and completely owned by BioWare.
The first game BioWare announced was an RPG for Xbox. Not only will the game come out on Microsoft's big black box, but Microsoft will also publish the game as one of its first party titles. The second RPG is for PC, and no publisher has been selected at this point.
"The partnership with Microsoft Game Studios is a perfect fit. They clearly share BioWare's vision and commitment to quality. To be publishing BioWare's first intellectual property - an all-new, epic Xbox roleplaying game - is a great opportunity for us. Of course, we also intend to continue our existing publisher relationships developing selected licenses", said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Joint CEO of BioWare Corp.
"As part of our long-term strategy, we continuously seek out premier game developers," said Ed Fries, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. "BioWare has repeatedly delivered compelling games. Our publishing partnership with BioWare further represents our commitment to bring only the best experiences to gamers."
No other details have been announced at this time, although considering BioWare's track record, the games are likely to meet diehard BioWare fans' utmost expections, and hence should not likely be expected before the second half of 2003.