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Casey Hudson leaves BioWare, suggests studio's new IP will "redefine interactive entertainment"

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Casey Hudson leaves BioWare, suggests studio's new IP will "redefine interactive entertainment"

After sixteen years at BioWare, Mass Effect's creative director, Casey Hudson, is departing the studio to get some perspective and work out what it is that he wants to do going forwards.

Bidding BioWare and its fans farewell in a statement released on the BioWare Blog, Hudson had this to say about his departure:

“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, along with producer Mike Gamble, has pretty much been Mr Mass Effect up to this point, having helmed the series through a fantastic trilogy of games, and it's a real shame to see him depart the studio and the franchise he helped to make truly great.

In the same post, BioWare's GM, Aaron Flynn, paid testimony to Hudson's work with the studio over the years:

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.

The departure comes as something of a shock given the preparation underway for a new instalment in the Mass Effect series, and one wonders what effect this'l;l have on the new game's development. Moreover, regarding Hudson's statement involving BioWare's new IP and interactive entertainment, it's difficult not to see the studio's development under EA as anything more than a move towards the mass market. I'd posit that BioWare have some work to do to be able to get back to making such bold claims -- they are not the unimpeachable company that they once were. That said, I'm eager to see how Dragon Age: Inquisition and the new IP pan out.

We wish Hudson the very best for the future, and thank him for his role in creating one of the most memorable franchises this millennium. Hopefully his departure comes not as the result of burning out or as a knock-on from the rather personal attacks directed at him after Mass Effect 3's release,  but rather from creative curiosity, and we'll be eagerly awaiting news of his next venture.

Add a comment19 comments
googleberry  Aug. 8, 2014 at 11:32

The manner of the backlash against the ME3 team because of the ending confirmed (in my mind at least) the gaming community, taken as a whole, has a long way to go maturity-wise.

Last edited by googleberry, Aug. 8, 2014 at 11:32
Late  Aug. 8, 2014 at 14:15

Pfft. The playstation gamers are the immature ones. Xbox gamers are 1337.

Your mama.

Etc.

Yeah - gamers are immature!

googleberry  Aug. 8, 2014 at 16:28

Xbox gamers are 1337.


Had to google that! I'm clearly waay out of touch

Late  Aug. 8, 2014 at 17:49

Brah do u evn haxXor?!!!!1111one

TheChappy  Aug. 8, 2014 at 18:29

Ok I googled it this time, but what you said makes no sense. "Brother do you even hacker?!"
Or am I missing something?

Late  Aug. 8, 2014 at 20:18

Yup, that's what it translates as, and I agree it makes no sense, but I believe it's something that the kids probably would have said in that circumstance.

It seems "do you even" can be followed by most things - doubly so if the word or phrase that follows it is "leet-speak".

I'm no expert though, and my understanding certainly could be totally off the mark. I'm old, rather non-techy, and most definitely not cool.

Quietus  Aug. 8, 2014 at 22:41

"leet-speak"
It's origins now being very old. I'm Elite > I'm leet > I'm 1337. Very sad, and now very out of date. This was more commonly seen about a decade or so ago (Quake 3 days), and a lot of it has fallen into disuse. Most of the time nowadays, you'll only see it in people's names, where they use characters to replace the letters they'd like to have used, but have been taken. e.g. If you can't have Rockstar, you could use |2ockstar, or [email protected], or, to go the whole hog, |2()C|<[email protected]

It's also where this site gets its name. To 'own' somebody was to dispatch them skilfully, but a common typo led to the rise of 'pwn'. Somebody being dispatched skilfully would be considered 'pwned'.

Another tidbit for you: One of Google's language options is Hacker, along with some other joke ones like Klingon and Elmer Fudd.:D

googleberry  Aug. 8, 2014 at 22:44

I've rather wondered about pwned and you have explained it. Thank you Quietus. :)

Quietus  Aug. 8, 2014 at 22:54

You're welcome.:)

Druaga  Aug. 9, 2014 at 04:20

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

It was getting pretty ridiculous to be fair.

Druaga  Aug. 9, 2014 at 04:24

The manner of the backlash against the ME3 team because of the ending confirmed (in my mind at least) the gaming community, taken as a whole, has a long way to go maturity-wise.



Nonsense.

After 3 games and 100s of choices it all boils down to red beam or blue beam?

The Reaction was perfectly justified and bioware knew it which is why it got changed.

James180612  Aug. 9, 2014 at 16:19

The manner of the backlash against the ME3 team because of the ending confirmed (in my mind at least) the gaming community, taken as a whole, has a long way to go maturity-wise.



Nonsense.

After 3 games and 100s of choices it all boils down to red beam or blue beam?

The Reaction was perfectly justified and bioware knew it which is why it got changed.


That was basically most of the options the entire trilogy of those games, aside from a neutral option. The gaming community (actually most likely a vocal minority) was pretty immature, i found nothing wrong with the endings both original and fixed. You yourself are obviously one of these immature vocal people considering your other comment on this blog.

MattGardner  Aug. 9, 2014 at 19:05

Being disgruntled with the ending is one thing. To this day, I find the last quarter of ME3 to be at odds with the rest of the game. I was livid at the time, rang Jon immediately upon finishing the game and just went "Really? REALLY?!"

Being disappointed is fine, arguing the point is fine, the campaigns to change the ending were fine (as was BioWare's right to completely ignore them if they had wanted to), but like anything, personal attacks are not. There were elements to the backlash that no-one deserves but simply because it's possible to argue a point without resorting to hysterical tantrums and threats of violence.

James180612  Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:00

Being disgruntled with the ending is one thing. To this day, I find the last quarter of ME3 to be at odds with the rest of the game. I was livid at the time, rang Jon immediately upon finishing the game and just went "Really? REALLY?!"

Being disappointed is fine, arguing the point is fine, the campaigns to change the ending were fine (as was BioWare's right to completely ignore them if they had wanted to), but like anything, personal attacks are not. There were elements to the backlash that no-one deserves but simply because it's possible to argue a point without resorting to hysterical tantrums and threats of violence.


Hysterical tantrums and threats of violence coming from where exactly? I have not acted violent nor had a tantrum. I pointed out his other comment doesn't really help his opinion.

MattGardner  Aug. 10, 2014 at 13:57

I was responding more to the notion of the backlash being justified and agreeing with your point :) Didn't really make that clear and should probably have used a quote, sorry!

James180612  Aug. 10, 2014 at 15:41

I was responding more to the notion of the backlash being justified and agreeing with your point :) Didn't really make that clear and should probably have used a quote, sorry!


Oh okay I can see what you mean now haha no worries man :)

X10  Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:57

Brah do u evn haxXor?!!!!1111one


Actually, haxXor in this context means 'hack', it's the verb form being used here, so present tense of 'to hack'.

"I am @ 1337 h4xX0r" would be "I am an elite hacker", which then makes it the person/subject.

Late  Aug. 11, 2014 at 11:01

Yay, I can almost pass myself off as hip.





...until, of course, I blew it by using the word "hip".

X10  Aug. 11, 2014 at 18:34

hip replacement more like.

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