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BioWare Leads Mark Darrah, Casey Hudson Announce Abrupt Retirement From The Studio

Posted on December 4, 2020 by Nick Moreno

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Developer BioWare, while witnessed to be in a tight spot at the moment is illustrating to be on the right track for redemption. Given the circumstance that followed both Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem respectively, the Electronic Arts studio has been adamant to relinquish its current title as new projects are on the way. For the sci-fi online experience, the team is telling to be working on a complete revamp for Anthem.

In addition, there is to also be new entries for both Mass Effect and Dragon Age. While the two franchises are expected to be returned to in the coming future, both projects are years away from making a debut on store shelves once again. However, the team is currently working on bringing the initial Mass Effect trilogy to current hardware.

By announcing the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, the Xbox One& PlayStation 4 are finally receiving the much-requested remaster of the original three Mass Effect titles. Atop of that, the team is also to improve the collection for the recently-released next-generation consoles when the Legendary Edition drops this coming spring.

But while plenty is scheduled to arrive from BioWare, the team is saddened to reveal familiar faces are departing. In a new blog post, BioWare announces that both Mark Darrah, Anthem Executive Producer, and studio General manager Casey Hudson are leaving the team.

Casey Hudson, GM, BioWare and Mark Darrah, Executive Producer, Dragon Age are two of those people and they have decided to move on from BioWare. 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.

Laura Miele, Electronic Arts Chief Studios Officer

In concern to those that announced their leave, BioWare already decided the candidates to take their positions. The blog post continues by revealing that Christian Dailey will be taking the helm once held by Darrah for Dragon Age whilst Samantha Ryan is to be overseeing BioWare and its operations leading forward.

“After nearly 20 years of work at BioWare, I’ve made the decision to retire from the studio and make way for the next generation of studio leaders,” Hudson writes in a separate post on his leave from the studio. “It’s not an easy decision to make, and big changes like this always come with a certain degree of sadness. I will miss being able to work every day with our inspiring developers on the biggest and most exciting projects I can imagine. But I also know that this is a good time for a change, for both myself and BioWare.”

Hudson alongside Darrah both write their farewells to BioWare and the entirety of fans that played games produced from the duo. In each respected post, the pair give thanks to those they worked with alongside the communities that formed from their work that released over the years.

“Though I remain confident in BioWare’s strength and continued place in this conversation, I have decided to retire from my position at BioWare,” Darrah writes. “This has been a very difficult decision for me. The team of amazing developers on Dragon Age, make my life fuller and better. They have taught me so much. But the strength of the team is also what makes this possible. I know that Dragon Age won’t just survive without me, it will thrive.”

Unfortunately, BioWare is not shy of leading figures announcing their departure from the developer. Back in August 2019, Anthem Lead Producer Ben Irving shared he will be taking his leave at BioWare after eight years working at the game studio. You can read the full report by heading here.

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