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BioWare

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Template:Infobox Company BioWare Corp. is a Canadian electronic entertainment company founded in February 1995 by medical doctors Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip. It is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. BioWare specializes in creating computer and console video games and has become famous for computer role-playing games.

Muzyka and Zeschuk are currently joint CEOs of BioWare; Yip left in early 1997 to return to medicine.

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Bioware created the Infinity Engine, which was used as a core component for development of 2D computer RPGs based on Dungeons & Dragons. For their game Neverwinter Nights, launched in 2002, Bioware developed the Aurora Engine, the basis for a number of successful computer and console 3D RPGs thereafter.

Neverwinter Nights shipped with a number of tools allowing users to create their own role-playing adventures for single and multiplayer online. The tools, using the Aurora Engine, have been adapted to many forms of gameplay and storytelling, with thousands of amateur and professional modules available on the Bioware web site; some for sale as premium content. Neverwinter Nights was a pioneering example of user-created game content commercially supported and distributed over the internet.

After years of working with licensed content, particularly from the D&D world, BioWare began efforts to develop intellectual property that they would own. Jade Empire was a step in this direction, as is their current project: the PC RPG Dragon Age and an untitled project using the third version of the Unreal engine.

BioWare is also overseeing development of Neverwinter Nights 2 by Obsidian Entertainment. They previously oversaw Obsidian on their development of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (2004).

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