Bioware has just announced that Casey Hudson has left the company after 16 years with the company. Hudson started work with Bioware as a Technical Artist on Neverwinter Nights and MDK2. He eventually moved up to the position of Project Director and Executive Producer for many of Bioware’s more influential titles such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect trilogy. Before departing Hudson was working on the next entry in the Mass Effect series, which is tentatively referred to as Mass Effect 4.
The separation seems to be amicable, with Hudson simply saying that he would be “taking a much needed break” before deciding on the next phase of his life. With Mass Effect 4 currently in development many might wonder if this is the right time, but Hudson’s message to his colleagues was optimistic. “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.”
Casey also prepared a message for Bioware fans, which can be read below:
“Long before I worked in games, I was fascinated by their ability to transport me to places where amazing and memorable experiences awaited. When I made my very first asset that I knew would actually make it into a game (the laser bolt in MDK2!) I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to contribute in some small way to the process of creating interactive entertainment.
Now, having led the development of four major titles, I’m profoundly appreciative of the role I’ve been able to play in creating these games. The very idea that so many of you have enjoyed spending time in the worlds we’ve created is the defining achievement of my career, and it’s your support over the years that made it all possible.
I know that I leave our projects in great hands, and I join you in looking forward to playing them.”
Bioware’s General Manager Aaryn Flynn had this to say about Casey Hudson’s departure:
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.
Thank you Casey. This is not an ending, but a new beginning.