Speaking with Now Gamer, former BioWare developer Trent Oster said that he believes the fan reaction to Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic was likely a factor in Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk's decision to leave the video game industry.
"The last time I met up with [Greg], I felt his exhaustion," Oster said.
"'Punch out, eject, get the hell out', was my suggestions to him and it hit closer to the mark than I had realised. I also think the Mass Effect 3 fan reaction and The Old Republic fans negativity was just too much.
"You have to love games and you put your heart into them to create them. To have the fans creating petitions against the work is pretty hard to take, especially when you've spent the last few years crunching overtime to try and ship a game.
"It can be hard to shut off the overwhelming negativity the internet spews forth, especially when it has your name or the name of your company in it."
While Oster wasn't surprised by Zeschuk's departure, Ray Muzyka's decision to leave the company was less expected by the former co-worker.
"I had him pegged as an EA lifer. My thought was the Ray agenda was to first usurp Frank Gibeau and then later John Riccotello as CEO," Oster said.
"I'm sure the internal culture at EA had pinned the Old Republic conversion to free to play as a failure and hung that completely on Ray, so that would have hurt his upward climb. But I figured he would fight harder. EA upper management must have been even worse than I thought."
BioWare is still moving forward in the absence of its founders, recently announcing Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, new DLC for Mass Effect 3 and hinting at a new entry in the Mass Effect series.
Watch the trailer for Mass Effect 3's Leviathan DLC below: