Casey Hudson Confirms Drew Karpyshyn Isn’t Mass Effect 3 Lead Writer

In a low key tweet over Labor Day weekend, BioWare’s Casey Hudson responded to a fan question and confirmed what has long been suspected ever since author Drew Karpyshyn moved to Austin to work on BioWare’s upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic. Yes Virginia, Drew isn’t the lead writer for Mass Effect 3.

So is this a big deal? It’s no secret Karpyshyn is taking lead for The Old Republic. But Mass Effect is kind of his baby; He has written all the tie-in novels and as lead writer for Mass Effect and Co-lead writer for ME2, he is largely responsible for having created the universe and the story. Hudson’s tweet doesn’t really specify his role in Mass Effect 3 but the vagueness kind of indicates ‘minimal’. Then again, the BioWare forum members are of the opinion that Drew mapped out the entire storyline from day one. If so, then his departure from lead duties wouldn’t be the earth shattering event it sounds like.

We’ve reached out to BioWare for further comment, and as soon as we get an answer we’ll pass it along to you. But what do y’all think? Does Drew’s absence bode well or ill for Mass Effect 3? Do you care?

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6 Comments on Casey Hudson Confirms Drew Karpyshyn Isn’t Mass Effect 3 Lead Writer


On September 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

star wars, it’s an aging saga that needs to die. Mass Effect should be his first and only priority and not pushed aside like a secondary project.

Ross Lincoln

On September 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Agreed. Now, I didn’t much care for TOR when i played it on its own merits, but the Star Wars franchise really is a horse that is being flogged into its final remaining atoms.

As for pushing it aside, if it’s true that he mapped this thing out from the start, it’s possible he’s entirely confident in the direction they’re heading and wants to move on to another project as soon as its available, one that isn’t set to end next year. Naturally, I think he made a mistake and that TOR will flop…

Forgotten Alcoholic Android

On September 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

It is kind of strange, Mass Effect being his baby and all, that he would not be involved in the outcome of the final storyline.

g$ loc

On September 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

i’m sure it’ll be just as good as the other 2 excellent games. it’s not as if games are as good as books or even movies as far as writing goes. i’m sure it’ll be just fine, in that it will at least have an author and some people who have taken the time to develop the idea.


On September 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I disagree that games aren’t written as well as movies. Most of the action/adventure/sci-fi movies I’ve seen lately have been turgid and tired, while games are embracing unconventional characters and stories and crazy twist endings.


On September 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I don’t think it’s a big deal, since the lead writer of ME3 is the other co-lead writer of ME2. I’m more worried about EA accidentally turning it to crap.