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Casey Hudson Departs BioWare

by Jeff Marchiafava on Aug 07, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Casey Hudson has been a key member of BioWare, serving as project director for Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic and director and executive producer of all three Mass Effect titles. After the 2012 departure of BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Husdon took on an even more central role in the company. Today, however, Hudson announced in a letter that has been posted on BioWare's website that he is ready to "hit the reset button and move on from BioWare."

Hudson's letter outlines the state of BioWare's current projects, which have given him a good window for leaving the company:

"Though there's never an easy time to make a change like this, I believe this is the best time for it. The foundation of our new IP in Edmonton is complete, and the team is ready to move forward into pre-production on a title that I think will redefine interactive entertainment. Development for the next Mass Effect game is well underway, with stunning assets and playable builds that prove the team is ready to deliver the best Mass Effect experience to date. And the Dragon Age: Inquisition team is putting the final touches on a truly ambitious title with some of the most beautiful visuals I've seen in a game."

In the same blog post, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn thanks Hudson for service, which spanned nearly 16 years with the company:

"As we say a fond farewell, I know I speak on behalf of the entire studio when I say that we will be forever grateful for Casey's hard work, passion, and everything he has taught us over the years - a methodical dedication to quality, a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie, and putting fans above everything else. But most of all, Casey has challenged every one of us in the studio to be better tomorrow than we were today. It is in that spirit that as we finish Dragon Age: Inquisition, we will continue working on the next Mass Effect game and our new IP project, confident in our goals and progress."

Hudson has not said what his plans are for the future. For more on his role with the company, check out our video interviews where Hudson describes the origin of Mass Effect and the future of RPGs.

[Source: BioWare]

Our Take
Hudson's departure is a loss for BioWare, and for fans of the series that he worked on. However, we're happy to see that the new IP he has been developing is still moving forward. We're excited to see what Hudson does next, and where BioWare goes from here.