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CASEY HUDSON AND MARK DARRAH, LONGTIME BIOWARE VETS, DEPART STUDIO

Casey Hudson, general manager, and Mark Darrah, executive producer on projects such as Dragon Age, both announced their departure from game studio BioWare on Thursday afternoon.

Laura Miele, chief studios officer at parent company EA, detailed the pair’s exit and thanked both Hudson and Darrah for their dedication to the community and players during their decades-long run at BioWare.

“We strive for all of our studios to be places where talented creative people come to do career-defining work,” said Miele. “A dimension of this ambition is that sometimes those people want to try something different.”

Miele went on to assure fans that BioWare current projects, specifically the upcoming Dragon Age installment and Mass Effect: The Legendary Edition, will continue. While the search for a GM is still in the underway, Samantha Ryan will continue to oversee the studio while Christian Dailey will lead the Dragon Age project and Mike Gamble will take hold of the Mass Effect series.

Casey Hudson, who less than a month ago officially announced the Mass Effect trilogy remaster, is a Bioware veteran, having worked at the company for nearly 20 years. Starting as a junior technical artist in 1998, Hudson left the studio in 2014 before returning as general manager in 2017. Hudson wrote in a personal blog post that “arriving at this point has been an opportunity for me to reflect on my own future, and 2020 has been a year that forced all of us to re-imagine how we think about work and life.”

Mark Darrah joined Bioware as a programmer 23 years ago and has since moved on to lead the team working on the Dragon Age series. In a blog post of his own, Darrah spoke hopefully of the future of the franchise and detailed who will take over leadership.

“More than anything I am thankful for the ability to have touched so many lives,” said Darrah. “To have given people a chance to explore themselves through our games. I like to think I have helped make some of your lives a little better. I hope I’m right.”

Neither Hudson and Darrah detailed exactly what to expect for their own careers moving forward. Hudson ended his farewell post stating, “It’s hard to make the decision to move on, but I’m excited about what’s next, for all of us.”

 

Photo courtesy of Bioware

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