Mass Effect 3 Director Casey Hudson Leaves Bioware

Casey Hudson, the director of the Mass Effect trilogy, has announced his departure from Bioware.

The news broke today in a blog post on the company’s official site. In the posting written by general manager Aaryn Flynn, it confirmed that Hudson, who directed the Mass Effect trilogy, would be leaving the company to “enter a new stage of his career.” Hudson, in an attached letter, called his exit “the most difficult decision” of his career while affirming that this “is the best time” he could choose to leave.

“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,” he wrote. “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.”

According to Hudson’s letter he will be taking “a much needed break” after which he intends to “get perspective” on where he wants to go with his career moving forward. He ended his statement by affirming that the company’s various projects are “in great hands” and that he looks forward “to playing them.” In other words, this is his way of saying “I should go.”

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16 Comments on Mass Effect 3 Director Casey Hudson Leaves Bioware

ted

On August 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Will he pick the red, blue, or green departure?

Ares

On August 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

@Ted

He will Refuse to pick a color.

fethski

On August 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Another step closer to the studio being Bioware in name only.

michael

On August 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Hmmm. This sounds like a trap.
I believe this news is to convince people who were mad at mass effects 3 ending to continue buying their products and this news comes just in time before dragon age inquisition. He is not really leaving.
Here is the thing even if they restaff all the bioware employees from scratch I will never buy a EA/Bioware product ever again.

Mike

On August 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I’ll admit, I blame him and what’shisface (the head writer) for that bull ending and ruining the ME trilogy for me, I’m glad he’s gone.

Concernedgamer82

On August 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I think EAware probably told him he needed to leave, because they know the ending of ME3 caused such a stir as to alienate a large chunk of their fanbase.

If I buy another EA/Bioware game again, it’ll be a while before I do. The new IP looks interesting, and yet, I just can’t seem to get excited about it like I did during Mass Effect’s (the first one) development.

Wesker1984

On August 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

What do you think peoples? Is this a good or a bad thing?

MyClockIsOrange

On August 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Eh. I think it’s a good thing. Let some new blood work on the new Mass Effect. I would leave too if I just spent 10 years or so working on a single franchise. I imagine it gets exhausting.

GazH

On August 7, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Good riddance. Maybe now that self-praising, egotistical, artistic integrity loving, smug looking idiot is out of the way, maybe.. just maybe.. the person who takes over will get around to fixing the mess that was ME3.

Trem

On August 8, 2014 at 12:41 am

Two years too late. Hudson should have left (or been forced to leave) over the ME3 ending debacle. Bear in mind that he also oversaw the From Ashes controversy immediately before this (as well as Dragon Age 2 being an unfinished mess which I blame EA for but is just another nail in BioWare’s coffin), all while taking every opportunity to verbally fellate himself and admonish the fans for actually having reasonable standards and expectations of quality and assurance-keeping. He almost single-handedly destroyed a beloved franchise and the developer that devised it through his near-unparalleled pomposity. Good riddance to him but it’s not going to save the company, even if the equally vile Walters and Merizan were to follow suit. The company doesn’t in any way resemble the one I and thousands of others fell in love with. It’s just a cash cow which treats the games themselves as an afterthought, the complete opposite of what it was about.

Besides, as others have said, it seems to have been deliberately timed in such a way that, even though he’s too arrogant to admit it, he wants the swathes of fans the company lost to think ME4 and BioWare’s new IP might be decent if he’s not attached. It’s not going to work. The rest of the jackasses are still there, and they still refuse to believe they did anything wrong. I guess the 3% who said they liked the ending in their own forum poll somehow convinced them they were on the right track, as opposed to the 82% who hated it. Selective information filtering, the true sign of out-of-touch hacks who only care about their pay cheque.

Wesker1984

On August 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

And what about the other 14% Trem? Lol.

In my case i hated really hard the original endings but i’ve found some redeeming value in the extended cuts saving at least part of my enjoyment for the game. I still think the original idea with the dark energy seting as the cause of the Reapers existence would have been better.

GazH

On August 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Sorry, but no, there was no redeeming value in the extended cuts. It reminded me of someone caught in a lie. You know, where they start to make up stories to try and justify what they said. That’s all it is, it’s like:

“You chose destruction and the Geth and all the machines explode, and then this explodes and that explodes and you win.”, “But what about…”, “Yeah, well, um.. so, this happened and that happened, so it’s all okay.”, “But what about…”. “No, really, the crew were like this and then that happened. It’s all good!”. “Whatever.”.

No amount of extended detail will help the fact that the ending was complete trash, it was so obviously a case of EA breathing down their necks, telling them it had to be released, and Bioware quickly throwing something together in the short time they had to finish it.

Now Hudson has gone I can only wish they get back to the ending and complete the game as it should have been, not the obvious rush job that we saw.

Kosten07

On August 9, 2014 at 6:30 am

@Trem

Thanks for putting into words what I’ve been trying to say for two years now.

The horrid ending might have been easier to swallow with an honest apology and some concern for the fan base. Too bad too, up until the end ME3 was brilliant.

Blarty

On August 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

I came here betting I would not see anyone at least wishing him good luck on his next endeavours – I was not disappointed.

Capios

On August 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

@ Trem

Very well said. When he attacked fans during Endinggate, he should’ve been forced to resign. Between that fiasco and seeing how Bioware treated beta testers for TOR (locking forums, deleting posts), I don’t have any faith in anything they release.

R.J.

On August 10, 2014 at 12:39 am

At this point, the main reason I’m not sorry to see him go isn’t so much about the ending itself, as it is the behavior afterwards. Sure, he was around for the rest of the series, and that counts for something, but it doesn’t take much “artistic integrity” to see why so many people were upset. Even the most hackish or writers could see that what was presented wasn’t even a finished product, let alone consistent with the rest of the series, so to pretend like people were idiots for not filling in the blanks that were BioWare’s obligation to fill was ludicrous. Then again, seeing something like that would probably be too much for the same folks that outright lie in previews and then pretend like there was some sort of misinterpretation.