Casey Hudson Is Leaving BioWare (Again)
Electronic Arts announced today that both Casey Hudson (general manager) and Mark Darrah (executive producer for Dragon Age 4) have left BioWare in pursuit of new horizons. While likely not good news for fans of the company or the Dragon Age series, EA was quick to note that Samantha Ryan (senior VP) will continue to oversee the studio while Christian Dailey will now be leading the Dragon Age series.
In good news, Matthew Goldman will remain as a creative director on the new Dragon Age sequel, and the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition project will continue to be led by Mike Gamble. All currently scheduled projects, which include the likes of Anthem Next, Dragon Age 4, and the future of Mass Effect, will proceed as planned. In a statement on the BioWare website, EA’s Laura Miele (chief studios officer) wrote, “They will always be an important part of the studio’s history, we appreciate their many contributions, and we look forward to seeing what they’ll each do next.”
Hudson followed up by writing, “It’s not an easy decision to make, and big changes like this always come with a certain degree of sadness. I will miss being able to work every day with our inspiring developers on the biggest and most exciting projects I can imagine. But I also know that this is a good time for a change, for both myself and BioWare.”
Last, but not least, Darrah added, “This has been a very difficult decision for me. The team of amazing developers on Dragon Age, make my life fuller and better. They have taught me so much. But the strength of the team is also what makes this possible. I know that Dragon Age won’t just survive without me, it will thrive.”
As for what comes next, there likely won’t be anything in the immediate future from BioWare. The company is working on getting the Mass Effect remaster out with few issues and hopes to have more concrete news about a sequel in the near future. There’s also Anthem to be taken care of, which is currently in the hands of Dailey. Considering the turmoil that is 2020 continues to rage on, it might be some time before we hear of any specific plans from either EA or BioWare.
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