Casey Hudson, general manager of BioWare, and Mark Darrah, executive producer of the Dragon Age franchise, will leave the company before the end of the year, BioWare announced today.
EA manager Laura Miele announced the departures in a company blog post. "I would like to personally thank Casey and Mark for everything they have done for the BioWare community and especially for our players," Miele wrote. "You will always be an integral part of the studio's history, we appreciate your many contributions and look forward to seeing what you do next."
Leaving is "not an easy decision," Hudson said. Hudson was the project leader on the Mass Effect trilogy before leaving BioWare in 2014. In 2017 he returned to take on the role of General Manager.
"When I became Studio GM a little over three years ago, our goal as a leadership team was to position our people and projects for long-term success," said Hudson. "Now that BioWare is celebrating its 25th anniversary, the studio is entering an exciting new era of amazing games. It's an exciting time, both in terms of projects you've heard of and some things that have not yet been announced. "
Darrah was also confident in the studio, where he has been working for more than 20 years. "It was a very difficult decision for me," he said. "The team of great creators at Dragon Age make my life fuller and better. They taught me so much. But the strength of the team makes it possible too. I know that Dragon Age won't survive just without me; it will thrive. "
BioWare has worked hard this year to reassure its avid fans that new installments in both of the banner franchises, Mass Effect and Dragon Age, are on the way … eventually. In August, the studio dropped a sizzling roll of concept art for the later, as yet unnamed Dragon Age 4 at GamesCom. While the test didn't provide any insight into the gameplay or the potential release window, designers and voice actors worked against a dazzling array of concept art.
Last month, Hudson not only confirmed itself that a full remaster of the popular original Mass Effect trilogy was in the works for spring 2021, but also dropped the surprising announcement that BioWare was developing another game in the Mass Effect franchise .
All of these projects will continue, Hudson and Darrah assured fans. In the future Christian Dailey – currently Studio Manager of BioWare Austin – will lead Dragon Age. The Mass Effect site is run by Mike Gamble who was the producer of Mass Effect: Andromeda and the lead producer of Anthem.