Casy Hudson leaves BioWare, and says the company’s new IP will ‘redefine interactive entertainment’.
Hudson has been with the company for 16 years, starting out as a Technical Artist on Neverwinter Nights and MDK2. He later moved on to become the director of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic released in 2003, and then the Mass Effect trilogy.
Speaking about BioWare and his colleagues, Hudson said;
‘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.’
Hudson also referred to the fans of BioWare games saying, ‘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.’
There is no word yet on who will be taking over from Hudson going forward, but we’ll update you once we know.
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