Hudson started his career with Bioware 16 years ago as a technical artist on cult hits Neverwinter Nights and MDK2, before continuing on as project director for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and eventually ending up as the creator director of the Mass Effect Trilogy.
Hudson posted on the BioWare Blog:
“After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare,” Hudson said in a memo to BioWare employees. “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.”
Just in case his departure from the team could be misconstrued as a act worthy of renegade points, BioWare studio general manager Aaryn Flynn said Hudson’s departure represented “not an ending, but a new beginning.” continuing to say:
“As we say a fond farewell, I know I speak on behalf of the entire studio when I say that we will be forever grateful for Casey’s hard work, passion, and everything he has taught us over the years — a methodical dedication to quality, a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie, and putting fans above everything else”
I think the most important thing to take away from this is that BioWare is definitely a company to keep your eyes on this year, especially with the “completely new” entry into the Mass Effect series and that creepy ass new franchise that haunts my dreams!