Casey Hudson announced Thursday that he will be departing Bioware and Electronic Arts after 16 years of employment.
Hudson, an Executive Producer at the game studio, is one of the most prominent figures in video games. In his tenure at the AAA-title gamemaker, he had a hand in developing the major titles that turned Bioware into one of gaming’s most recognized brands.
The press release came via Bioware’s website.
“After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare. I’ll take a much needed break, get perspective on what I really want to do with the next phase of my life, and eventually, take on a new set of challenges,” wrote Hudson in a letter to his colleagues.
In his career, Hudson started as a Technical Artist on MDK2 and the popular Dungeons and Dragons property, Neverwinter Nights. However, it was 2003’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic that vaulted Hudson into the leadership role. As Project Director, he helped the title win several Game of the Year awards, including from IGN and PC Gamer.
His most well-known work is the Mass Effect series, which included three titles with a fourth property and feature film in the works. The sci-fi actioner has been regarded as a staple in gaming, but ignited controversy after the ending sparked disappointment among fans. As producer of the series, Hudson’s remarks attracted criticism, and an “Extended Cut” DLC was later issued by the company.
Hudson’s impact on gaming has been felt across many platforms. In his time at Bioware, he championed for extensive choices for the player, as well as motion-capture and digital acting technologies that have become staples of the company’s works.