BioWare’s general manager Aaryn Flynn has announced its departure from the studio, with former Mass Effect lead Casey Hudson due to return and take over the role.
This was announced in two posts on BioWare’s blog, with Flynn saying he’ll be leaving at the end of July after 17 years at the studio.
From my first day until now, I have learned much, met great colleagues and friends, and got the chance to help give players some truly incredible experiences,” he wrote. Every time I think I’ve found a favourite game making experience, we start something new and somehow find fun and satisfaction in the new challenges.
I have been contemplating changes in my own life for some time, but when I heard that Casey had confirmed he was up for the task, I realized the opportunities before us. I will be working with him over the next couple of weeks to help catch him up and do my part to set him up for success to be the best GM he can be.”
Hudson left BioWare in 2014 after 16 years, saying he was taking a much needed break.” He worked as project director on the Mass Effect trilogy, among other roles. He then joined Microsoft’s Hololens team as creative director.
In his own blog post, entitled Coming Home, he said: The last few years have been transformative for me, from having time to reflect on what I most want to do, to working with new technologies at platform scale. And now, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to return to lead BioWare – a studio that I think of as home.
I’d also like to wish my good friend Aaryn Flynn the very best in the future. Aaryn and I have worked together from the earliest days of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, to setting the foundation for Anthem. We’ve been through a lot together, and we’re all going to miss his presence at the studio.”
BioWare’s new IP Anthem wasannounced at E3 2017.