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BioWare
BioWare
Founded

1995

Founder(s)
Headquarters

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Parent organization

Electronic Arts

Key people
Official site

www.bioware.com


BioWare is an electronic entertainment company best known for its computer role-playing games. It is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a second studio in Austin, Texas, USA, and a third in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

BioWare's first Star Wars game was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, released for both Microsoft Xbox and PC in 2003.

On November 3, 2005, BioWare announced a partnership with Pandemic Studios, the developers of Star Wars: Battlefront and its sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II. Though they now have common ownership and pool their expertise to develop games, both companies retain their individual staffs and brands. In 2007, both studios were bought by electronic entertainment giant Electronic Arts, a sometime rival of LucasArts.

Years of rumors and wishful thinking by fans surrounded the possibility of a BioWare-produced Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic III or some other Star Wars-related project. BioWare's spokespeople typically responded to these rumors by stating their intention to focus on original titles (such as Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age: Origins) rather than licensed games. However, in 2007, a LucasArts-BioWare partnership to produce a "ground-breaking interactive entertainment product" was announced, though details were vague.[1]

In the following months, rumors persisted about the development of a new Knights of the Old Republic video game, spurred on by leaks from within BioWare[2] and LucasArts[3] and the registration of "Star Wars The Old Republic"[4] and "The Old Republic"[5] as LucasArts trademarks. During the E3 2008 expo, Electronic Arts executive John Riccitello confirmed that the game Star Wars: The Old Republic would be connected to the Knights of the Old Republic series of video games.[6] It was released in North America and Europe on December 20, 2011.

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List of Star Wars games by BioWare Edit

Title Platform Release date
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic PC, Xbox July 15, 2003
Star Wars: The Old Republic PC December 20, 2011 in North America and on December 22, 2011 in the European Launch Territories
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel PC April 14, 2013
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Starfighter PC February 4, 2014
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds PC October 14, 2014
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan PC December 9, 2014

List of non-Star Wars games by BioWareEdit

Title Platform Release date
Shattered Steel MS-DOS and Mac OS PCs 1996
Baldur's Gate Microsoft Windows and Mac OS PCs November 30, 1998
Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast Microsoft Windows and Mac OS PCs April 30, 1999
MDK2 Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows PCs, PlayStation 2 March 31, 2000
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Microsoft Windows and Mac OS PCs September 24, 2000
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal Microsoft Windows and Mac OS PCs June 21, 2001
Neverwinter Nights Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS PCs June 8, 2002
Neverwinter Nights Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS June 21, 2003
wikipedia:Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS December 2, 2003
Jade Empire Xbox, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS April 12, 2005
Mass Effect Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows November 20, 2007
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Nintendo DS September 25, 2008
Mass Effect Galaxy iPhone OS June 22, 2009
Dragon Age: Origins Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Microsoft Windows November 3, 2009
Mass Effect 2 Xbox 360, Windows PCs, Playstation 3 January 26, 2010
Dragon Age II Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Microsoft Windows March 8, 2011
Mass Effect 3 Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Microsoft Windows March 6, 2012
Dragon Age: Inquisition Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows November 18, 2014
Shadow Realms Microsoft Windows 2015

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