Update: Casey Hudson has released a statement.
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.”
Some breaking news tonight as it is being reported that Casey Hudson, the executive producer of the Mass Effect games, is leaving BioWare. This news come from Geoff Keighley’s Twitter, though we’re still awaiting official confirmation from both Mr Hudson and from BioWare.
Very sad for news to break that @caseydhuson is leaving Bioware. End of an era.
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) August 7, 2014
BioWare is currently working on a new Mass Effect title, as well as teasing an announcement for Gamescom, but Mr Hudson is not going to be part of that future. He has been at BioWare for over a decade working on games such as MDK2, was the project director for Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, part of the Jade Empire team, and of course a key part of the Mass Effect trilogy’s development.
Once we know why he is leaving and what the future holds we’ll update this post.