CaseyHudson-01 08 Aug

BioWare has announced that studio executive producer Casey Hudson is leaving, after 16 years at the studio.

“After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare,” said Hudson in a joint statement with BioWare studio GM Aaron Flynn. “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.”

“While I feel that the time has come, this is without a doubt the most difficult decision of my career.”

Hudson first worked at BioWare as a technical artist on MDK2, which was released in 2000. During his 16 years he also worked on Neverwinter Nights, Balder’s Gate 2, Jade Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect trilogy.

According to Flynn, Hudson’s departure represented “not an ending, but a new beginning.”

“As we say a fond farewell, I know I speak on behalf of the entire studio when I say that we will be forever grateful for Casey’s hard work, passion, and everything he has taught us over the years — a methodical dedication to quality, a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie, and putting fans above everything else,” Flynn wrote. “But most of all, Casey has challenged every one of us in the studio to be better tomorrow than we were today. It is in that spirit that as we finish Dragon Age: Inquisition, we will continue working on the next Mass Effect game and our new IP project, confident in our goals and progress.”

(via CVG)