Electronic Arts announced that BioWare General Manager Casey Hudson and Dragon Age CEO Mark Darra both have He left the studio. EA Studio Director Laura Milley said Samantha Ryan “will continue to oversee the studio,” while the Dragon Age project in development will now be headed by Christian Daily, BioWare Austin Studio Director.
“I want to personally thank Casey and Mark for everything they have done for the BioWare community, and especially for our players,” Millie wrote. “They will always be an essential part of the studio’s history, and we appreciate their many contributions and look forward to seeing what each of them will do next.”
“When I think about the future of BioWare and the next generation of talent, I cannot be more confident or optimistic. As we look to the future of the studio and projects currently in development, the next generation of BioWare is driving the studio talent forward and working on some great games that I know you will be excited to play. in the next years “.
Hudson said in Statement of his own The decision was harsh and came with “a certain degree of sadness.”
He wrote: “I will miss the ability to work every day with our inspired developers on the biggest and most exciting projects I can imagine.” “But I also know this is the time for a change, for both myself and BioWare.”
Dara expressed Similar feelings: “This was a very difficult decision for me. The amazing developer team at Dragon Age, they made my life fuller and better. They taught me a lot. But the strength of the team is also what makes this possible. I know Dragon Age will not only survive without me, it will prosper.” .
Despite the positive words – both Hudson and Darrah trusted to lead BioWare and the creative teams, and Dailey in particular – it’s hard not to see this as a huge blow to BioWare. The departures come less than a month after Hudson confirmed that A. Mass Effect Remaster, And A. A brand new Mass Effect game, Under development, and only got our first “real” look Next Dragon Age in June. Suddenly, losing the top players on each of these projects at this early stage of development couldn’t be considered a good sign, nor could Dili be considered a Dragon Age game – that doesn’t mean he’s not on the job, but his hands are supposed to be full Anthem do more.
BioWare is now also without a general manager, which is another sign that Hudson’s exit was so sudden and unplanned. “The search for a new GM is underway and we are already talking to some amazing people,” Milley wrote. “We will find the right leader who has a deep love and respect for the heritage of this studio, who embodies the values of this team and who will help continue the amazing legacy of BioWare.
Neither Hudson nor Darrah said what they would get next, but both praised their work at BioWare: Hudson said he greatly appreciated Darrah’s contribution to BioWare, “especially in recent years as a major partner in leading the studio,” while Dara said Hudson “taught me A lot over the years, especially since his return three years ago. ”
Their departure also behind the recent announcement of Yellow brick games, A new studio co-founded by former Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw. The timing appears to be an odd coincidence, although Laidlaw expressed surprise at the news in his Twitter response.
Um … holy shit? https://t.co/HxFCQOZVh5December 3, 2020
BioWare veteran and former lead writer on Dragon Age David Gaider had similar ideas.
Sweet mother Zeus https://t.co/ruDEMcIbb2December 3, 2020
Michael Gamble, project manager at Mass Effect, also weighed in with warm words.
All you taught me. Everything we discussed. And just as Ray and Greg changed the course of your life … Know that you did the same for me. Looking forward to sitting with you out of the office (and getting your feedback) the latest work of Mass Effect teams.December 3, 2020
And so is this.
There is one person who has a happy day. This is the PR person who has to monitor BioMarkDarrah twitter to make sure he’s not telling the secrets. wait. Would it be worse now? OK, never mind.December 3, 2020