Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah Are Leaving BioWare
After numerous years with the studio, Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah are leaving BioWare to seek out new ventures elsewhere.
Chief Studio Officer of EA Laura Miele has announced today that Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah are departing from BioWare Studio. Hudson is primarily known for being the Director of Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, but has been the Studio General Manager for the studio since he returned to BioWare in 2017. Darrah has been an Executive Producer on the Dragon Age Franchise since its conception in 2008 and has been with the studio for 23 years.
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Miele gave thanks to both Hudson and Darrah and their impact on the studio and its history. “I want to personally thank Casey and Mark for everything they have done for the BioWare community, and particularly for our players. They will always be an essential part of the studio’s history, we appreciate their many contributions, and we look forward to seeing what they’ll each do next,” said Miele. Until a new Studio General Manager is found, Gary McKay who is currently the Senior Director of Development Operations will be moving up to the position in an interim setting.
Casey and Mark wrote their own farewell statements thanking BioWare for their long careers and to the founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka for giving them the chance to be apart of the studio. Darrah goes into detail in his statement on the status of the Dragon Age series and more specifically the new upcoming entry. Matthew Goldman who is seemingly the Creative Director for the untitled Dragon Age 4 will remain in that position while BioWare’s Austin Studio Manager Chrisitan Dalley will now move into Darrah’s vacant Executive Producer role for the Dragon Age series. Goodman previously held the position as a Senior Artist for Dragon Age: Origins and Art Director for Dragon Age II and Inquisition. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is still being worked on alongside Dragon Age 4 and Series Producer Mike Gamble will overlook the series.
Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah did make clear that wherever they will be going next it will not be together. They are both seeking their own different ventures as they still want to create games.
Despite the departure of the two studio icons, Miele is still confident that BioWare will find success in the future. “When I think about BioWare’s future and the next generation of talent in place, I could not be more confident or optimistic,” Miele explains. “As we look to the studio’s future and the projects currently under development, the next generation of BioWare talent is leading the studio forward and working on some incredible games that I know you will be excited to experience in the coming years.”
BioWare is currently working on Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, the next Dragon Age, and a new Mass Effect title. There is still no relative knowledge on the status of Anthem since Hudson stated earlier this year that the game was being reworked.