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Aaryn Flynn Leaves Bioware, Mass Effect’s Casey Hudson Returning

by Kyle Hanson

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Aaryn Flynn is stepping away from his position as General Manager of Bioware in Edmonton. His replacement should be familiar to anyone who has followed the studio, with Mass Effect’s Casey Hudson returning to take his place.

Aaryn Flynn has been with Bioware for 17 years, moving up within the company throughout that time. “I joined BioWare in Edmonton right out of University,” says Flynn in his announcement letter.

“I was privileged to get a chance to join a group of people working on the coolest, most creative things I could imagine. Growing up at BioWare, the events in my life are intimately intertwined with events at the studio. I got married just after we finished Neverwinter Nights. My first son was born while we were wrapping up Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, while my second son was born right after Jade Empire.”

Meanwhile, Casey Hudson is another old member of Bioware, but he left the company not long after Mass Effect 3 came out. Now he is returning to head the studio that is working on Anthem, Bioware’s next major IP.

“The last few years have been transformative for me,” says Hudson. “From having time to reflect on what I most want to do, to working with new technologies at platform scale. And now, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to return to lead BioWare – a studio that I think of as home.”

Bioware has always been one of gaming’s best studios, especially when it comes to crafting massive RPG franchises. However, the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda has left many wondering if they still have the old magic left in them. A great showing of Anthem at E3 2017 bolstered fans’ excitement for the release, so Hudson returning to take the lead might help solidify those high expectations ahead of release.

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