In what could be considered a bombshell for Bioware, it was recently announced that Casey Hudson, creative director behind such titles as Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series, has chosen to leave the company for greener pastures. First released on the site Kotaku, Hudson expresses the need to “hit the reset button” on his career, to gain perspective on his career and to eventually take on new challenges.
Hudson explains his departure from Bioware further on the company’s blog stating:
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.”
This sudden decision comes at a rather strange time as Bioware seems to be preparing to reveal their newest project, being only teased so far in small trailers called “You Have Been Chosen”. What’s even more strange are rumors circulating that this mysterious project is one that Hudson has dedicated a considerable amount of time and love into. Official word about the project is said to be revealed at Gamescon in Germany next week where Bioware is planning a “special fan event”.
We here at Press Start to Begin wish Casey Hudson good luck!