Casey Hudson Departs BioWare
Written Friday, August 08, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
BioWare has announced that Executive Producer, Casey Hudson has left the studio after 16 years of game development. Hudson started out as a Technical Artist on Neverwinter Nights and MDK2, before moving onto take the role of Project Director on 2003's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He's perhaps best-known as the project lead on the Mass Effect series.
“After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare," Hudson writes in a message on the BioWare blog. "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."
Hudson notes that his departure is "without a doubt the most difficult decision of my career," reminiscing about his 16-year career in games. “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."
BioWare General Manager, Aaryn Flynn had the following to say regarding Hudson's decision to move on from BioWare: "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," said Flynn.
"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."
BioWare currently has the next Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Inquisition and a new, yet to be officially announced IP in the pipeline.