BioWare GM and Mass effect lead Casey Hudson and dragon era Executive producer Mark Darrah is both leaving BioWare after more than 20 years of service with the company.
Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah are household names to anyone who loves BioWare games. Hudson has been with the company for nearly 20 years in total, first left in 2014 to work at Microsoft, and returned in 2017 to serve as GM and help ship Hymn. Mark Darrah’s tenure at BioWare dates back 23 years to the late 1990s.
Hudson says his reason for leaving is to pursue more personal creative projects. “When I got to this point, it was an opportunity for me to think about my own future, and 2020 has been a year when we all had to rethink how we think about work and life,” he said in a blog post. “For me it was the realization that I still have enormous energy to create, but also that I have to try something different. I don’t know exactly what that is yet, but I know I want to start rediscovering my creative passion through more personal work. “
Darrah similarly mentions this year as a particularly eye-opening experience that helped make this decision for him. Darrah says in his own blog post that he isn’t sure what to do next after leaving BioWare.
Both developers praise the teams and leadership at BioWare and reassure fans that everything is in good hands. “I know that dragon era not only will it survive without me, it will thrive, ”says Darrah, while Hudson states“ One of the things that make these decisions easier is knowing that BioWare will move forward with a strong and complete set of study leaders. “
Gary McKay is currently interim GM for BioWare, while Christian Dailey, a Blizzard alum who has worked on the Hymn reboot, is charged with directing the current dragon era project (popularly known as Dragon Age 4, but still without an official title). Hymn development continues. Mass effect development is also not affected, with Mass Effect: Legendary Edition still scheduled to release and “Mike Gamble … is leading a team hard at work for the future of that franchise.”
EA is looking for a new permanent BioWare GM to replace Hudson. “The search for a new GM is underway and we are already talking to some great people. We will find the right leader who has a deep love and respect for this studio’s heritage, who embodies the values of this team and who will help continue BioWare’s incredible legacy. “
We wish Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah the best on their next trip.