PlayStation 4’s first Mass Effect game didn’t look in a particularly mature state at Comic-Con earlier this year, so it’s concerning to learn that Casey Hudson – the man in charge of the franchise – has departed BioWare before the sequel’s even been properly announced. In his leaving letter, he cited a desire to take on new challenges – but we have to wonder if the title’s progressing as well as hoped.

“After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare,” he wrote in a message to his fellow developers. “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. This is without a doubt the most difficult decision of my career.”

To be fair, Hudson has spent an extraordinary amount of time at BioWare, working on everything from Neverwinter Nights through to the Mass Effect trilogy. Speaking of the new game in the latter series, he noted that “the team is ready to deliver the best Mass Effect experience to date”. Hmm. There’s no word on who will take the veteran’s place, but we’re sure that we’ll hear more on that soon. Until we meet again, Commander Hudson.

[via blog.bioware.com, uk.ign.com]