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Casey Hudson leaves Bioware, development of Mass Effect 4 well underway

Bioware just revealed via Twitter that Casey Hudson is no longer with the company unfortunately. Hudson has been one of the most prominent figures at Bioware since…well…forever. He worked on highly acclaimed titles such as Neverwinter Nights, MDK2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and was the lead developer of the Mass Effect trilogy. Presumably he was supposed to maintain this role for Mass Effect 4 as well, but it seems plans have changed. Back at E3 Hudson was one of the Bioware developers who talked about the future of the franchise as well as the company’s next, still unannounced project. In his farewell letter Casey Hudson says that the development of Mass Effect 4 is well underway and suggests that the game is in very good hands.

“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.”

We haven’t always agreed with the decisions of mister Hudson but it’s sad to see him leave Bioware. Hopefully this will not slow down the development of Mass Effect 4.

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  • Nicole Holt

    Sad to see Casey go, hope Bioware can still perform without him.

    • mclarenfan1968

      It’s actually good to see him go, he had a lot to do with how he reigned in on clueless exuberant writers like Mac Walters from messing up the franchise. What is needed now is to boot Mac Walters as well but the damage is done unfortunately.

      Casey Hudson’s PR has been terrible, contradicting statements and counterclaims one after another, he couldn’t be taken seriously after ME2.

      He was instrumental to how ME developed and for that we must praise him. Without his direction I don’t think we would have ME as a passionate subject for the fans as it stands today. When they started out he humbly admitted they had no clue how much a phenomenon ME would turn out to be. Towards the later stages of the trilogy as it often happens due to all the hype and fame, ego got ahead of sound judgments and that is probably what led to what we have today in terms of ME’s plot direction and endings. But most importantly the post release PR that has labeled fans as minority groups when they critique the 3rd game is unacceptable for a leading exec.

      People might obviously blame Mac Walters but really it was Hudson’s job to set direction. The case of the troll named Chris Priestly at the BSN forums who was community manager is still fresh in many people’s minds, his corporate demeanor was no better than that of some street thug in a seedy neighborhood. He claims he suddenly wanted to leave, read that as “fired”.

      I am thankful and applaud Casey Hudson’s efforts at the start of ME franchise, especially ME1 and to some extant ME2 but cant simply say “well done” for anything after.

      In anycase best wishes for the future Mr. Casey Hudson.

      • Nicole Holt

        I agree that Hudson isn’t a perfect Game Designer but he did put in some effort into the series. Although I don’t agree with all of his choices, I do think he helped make ME great. I did read about Hudson being fired so for him quitting now, Especially with everything he has with the company? It’s a bit hard to believe. I still respect Casey enough to hope for the best and I’m still sad to see him go.

        • mclarenfan1968

          This can also be read in another way, a rather disturbing way. He knows something we don’t, i.e the state of affairs with the new ME game and/or new/IP. Maybe he is making his move before it tanks? Wouldn’t be the first that has happened.

          No one really leaves when they are cashing in on their cash cows.

          • Nicole Holt

            Ha ha, cashing in on their cash cows? I don’t think I’ve ever heard that phrase before. And as for Hudson, he had a good career going with alot of cash on the way so why quit now of all times? Maybe he does have some info he plans to share with the public. I guess we’ll find out when and if it happens.

          • mclarenfan1968

            🙂 yeah it’s one thing to know something is a cash cow and be smart about it, it’s another thing to recognize a cash cow and then go about to destroy it which is EA’s forte.

          • Nicole Holt

            I honestly think EA has made Bioware loose more fan than they brought in. This isn’t the first time they’ve destroyed a series either. Gaming companies should just stay away from EA altogether.

          • cryosleep3011

            It’s physically impossible to lose more fans than you bring in. Because you would already have to be a fan to stop being a fan, the most you can really lose is the same amount that you brought in.

          • sadredd09

            I think the above meant that EA lost more fans for BioWare from the point they acquired the company than they gained for it.

            A simple example:
            BioWare has 100 fans (yay!)
            EA acquires BW +25 more fans
            ME 3 LeSuck -50 fans
            EA Bioware has 75 fans (boo!)

            Not saying this happened. But that’s how you lose more fans than you make as EA

          • cryosleep3011

            Ah, I see, thank you for clarifying. 🙂

          • brad

            Nicole you still use this account.

  • rayray

    Not sad to see him go. Not. At. All. Wish him the best messing up a series for some other company.

    • cryosleep3011

      You do know that he has worked on the series from the beginning, right? which means that he could only have messed it up if he made it good enough to mess up in the first place. Which means that if you liked the first game, then that was because of his direction.

      • Aameasalwaus

        I could have sworn that I read that he did not figure prominently in the first game (though he was involved) and that he only rose to rockstardom during the second and was the front man in the third.

        This may all be false I’m gonna go research it now but just thought I’d throw it out there.

        • cryosleep3011

          Casey Hudson was one of the original founders of Bioware.

          • Forgotothername

            I was so not aware of this. (And I was too busy at work to do any research haha) Wow, well I guess I just hope ME4 will be something we can love once more as a united community.

          • cryosleep3011

            yeah, hopefully.

  • Jeffrey Stewart

    Glad he left. He ruined ME3 by micromanaging the ending, and taking it from the writers. The Mass Effect series would have been much better without his micromanaging.