Mass Effect Executive Producer Casey Hudson Leaves BioWare

One of the key figures behind the Mass Effect franchise has left BioWare.  Executive Producer Casey Hudson has worked on all three Mass Effect games, and has had a hand in the upcoming fourth entry.  However, according to him, it is time to move on to the next phase in his career.

Hudson penned a letter to the employees and fans of BioWare stressing his faith in the company and its future projects:

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.

I know that I leave our projects in great hands, and I join you in looking forward to playing them.”

Casey Hudson is the second high-profile departure the company has seen in the past few years.  In 2012, BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced their departure from the studio and the game industry as a whole.  BioWare is currently working on Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 4, and an unannounced Star Wars game built on Frostbite 3.