Two of BioWare’s and the industry’s most recognisable names have announced that they are going to be leaving the Mass Effect/Dragon Age/KOTOR/Jade Empire/Anthem studio. Those two individuals are Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah who have both spent over 20 years at BioWare.In both of their statements they both say they are retiring from the studio, but that does not necessarily mean from the industry. However, this means that the new Mass Effect and Dragon Age games will be handed over to the next generation of BioWare developers. Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer of EA, had this to say about the change:
Samantha Ryan, who came to Electronic Arts after leading Warner Brothers Games, is one of the strongest leaders in the industry. She will continue to oversee the studio. I’m also excited to announce Christian Dailey, who joined BioWare from Blizzard, will be leading our Dragon Age project currently in development. Christian is a fantastic creative leader and I look forward to you all getting to know him in the coming days. We recently announced Mass Effect: The Legendary Edition and Mike Gamble is leading a team hard at work on that franchise’s future.
The search for a new general manager for BioWare is underway though no names have yet been made public. It was just last month that BioWare officially confirmed that the original Mass Effect Trilogy was coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC as the Legendary Edition. Alongside that was the confirmation of a new Mass Effect title, though whether that will be set in the Milky Way or in Andromeda is unknown. BioWare also gave a behind the scenes look at Dragon Age 4 earlier this year, or more an aspirational video of what the studio wants to achieve. BioWare is also still working on sorting out Anthem to overhaul it and bring players back.
Source: BioWare Blog