Casey Hudson, probably best known as the executive producer of the Mass Effect Trilogy, has left Bioware after 16 years with the studio.
In a letter "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."by Bioware, Hudson said he wanted to
Hudson first started at Bioware as a technical artist on Neverwinter Nights, then took the role of project director on 2003's Knights of the Old Republic before leading the development of Mass Effect. In short, he's been a key part of several of Bioware's most well-loved titles. It's a big loss, but Hudson says that the company's biggest franchises are in good hands.
"The foundation of our new IP in Edmonton is complete,"
"The foundation of our new IP in Edmonton is complete,"he writes, "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."
Bioware thanked Hudson for all his work, and reassured fans that work on the next Mass Effect and a brand new IP, presumably the same one they've been teasing for the past few weeks, will continue unaffected; "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."