In surprising news, Casey Hudson has announced that he will be officially leaving BioWare. Casey, the Project Director for many of BioWare’s largest titles, has announced the news via a post on BioWare’s official blog.
Here are his parting words:
“After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare. I’ll take a much needed break, get perspective on what I really want to do with the next phase of my life, and eventually, take on a new set of challenges.”
“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.”
“But while I feel that the time has come, this is without a doubt the most difficult decision of my career. BioWare is as magical a place today as it was when I started. The projects we are working on are some of the most exciting and prestigious in the world. The talent in our teams is second to none. And the people here are some of my closest friends. I’ve spent more time with many of you than my own family, and I have enjoyed every day of it.”
– Casey Hudson
Casey Hudson was the Project Director for games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and all of the Mass Effect games. He also had involvement in the development of the next Mass Effect, and BioWare’s new IP as well.
Looking back on gaming history, Casey Hudson has certainly had an influence on my life in some way or another. Some of my favorite games are ones that he had been project director on. In fact, one of the very first games I had ever played as a young boy was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on the original Xbox. It was such a great game that I still enjoy it to this very day on my 360. His influence in that game is actually one of the main reasons I got into, and inevitably as a result, fell in love with the Mass Effect series. I believe he will be surely missed in the gaming world. This is truly a sad day for fans of BioWare.