Mass Effect series lead leaves BioWare
posted on 08.07.14 at 04:43 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Casey Hudson to take a break before pursuing new challenges.

Casey Hudson

Mass Effect series project director Casey Hudson has left BioWare, the company announced.

Casey’s departure follows the completion of the foundation for BioWare Edmonton’s new IP, which is ready to move into pre-production. Development on the next Mass Effect, which Hudson was heading, is also “well underway” and in a playable state.

With BioWare behind him, Hudson will take a “much needed break” to “get perspective on what I really want to do with the next phase of my life,” eventually moving on to “a new set of challenges.”

Find both of Casey’s departure messages below.

Casey’s Message to Colleagues

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’s Message to Fans

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.

Thank you.

I know that I leave our projects in great hands, and I join you in looking forward to playing them.

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  • Six

    I look forward to the inevitable Kickstarter.

  • LordKaiser

    The economy is destroying everything.

  • Amir

    I’m sad. I’m a big fan of his work as he’s worked on KOTOR, Jade Empire and Mass Effect.
    But as we all know, western developers design games as team and not with a top-down structure like Japanese developers.
    I’ll try the new Mass Effect and Dragon age, then I’ll decide if I’m going to curse EA producers or not for ruining Bioware.

    • Warboss Aohd

      start from the beginning with ME1 and Origins.

      • Solomon_Kano

        I’d imagine they already have. They’re saying they’ll see how the games without some of Bioware’s former key staff turn out before judging whether this has been a change for the worse.

  • 武神水樹

    Last of Us dejavu

  • LordKaiser

    Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk and now him. Bioware is eroding no?

    • Lightthrower

      Like all the other studios EA bought, the talent leaves, the franchises are milked, the studio dies.

  • Budgiecat

    Game industry lifestyle is weird.

    If you’re not being canned left and right, you’re retiring early to go soul searching….

    • BossTuff

      I think it really burns people out. After a while you just need a break.

      • Elvick

        Thems casuals.

    • Lightthrower

      Can’t have a family if you work in the industry and most people move on by age 30. Lots of young adults want in anyways, easy to replace.

  • AnimusVox

    I’ll miss your story telling Casey but I wish you luck wherever you may go sir, and thanks for the memories.


  • shogunknight

    These people leaving are going to be the heads of new studios in the future. Who knows, we may be looking at the future head of a yet to be created studio as big as EA/Ubisoft

  • hakumen001

    Both heads have left once. This isnt the first time Casey’s left and came back. Ill believe it when a few games ship and he doesnt pop back up wanting to lead them again… Typical Classic Casey.

  • Lara Croft

    He will be missed. Let’s see how the new ME shapes up.

  • GozuTennai

    Hopefully with him gone there will be less dude on dude action in bioware games now.

    It was getting pretty ridiculous to be fair.