Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson will leave BioWare after 16 years to take on a new stage” of his career, the company has announced.
Studio general manager Aaryn Flynn posted the news earlier today on BioWare's blog, including a portion of Hudson's memo to company employees:
"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,” Hudson said.
"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."
Flynn described Hudson's departure as "not an ending, but a new beginning."
"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," Flynn wrote.
"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 is currently developing the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise, something Hudson described in 2012 as a completely new" entry in the franchise.