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The Man in Charge of Mass Effect Has Boarded the Normandy SR-2

Posted by Sammy Barker

Veteran hangs up his N7 armour

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]

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User Comments (11)

ShogunRokAdmin

#1

ShogunRok said:

BioWare has had quite a bit of a shuffle over the last few years. There's no doubt that the studio's reputation is on the line somewhat, so for its sake, I hope Dragon Age: Inquisition delivers, because it's very hard to get excited for the next Mass Effect when we know virtually nothing about it.

N711

#2

N711 said:

@ShogunRok I m sure many including me dont need to know much to get excited for Mass Effect :) just hearing the music or a few pics :P
Not really excited for Dragon Age Inquisition though but thats me

Munkyknuts

#4

Munkyknuts said:

I can't really pinpoint why, but I'm not excited for the new Mass Effect....maybe it's because ME3 put a natural end to things and I can't muster excitement for a new threat to it's universe. It's a similar feeling as when an author ends a series of books and the story comes to a close...but then for various reasons, the love of the setting and characters or money being waved at them they write something new and it feels less than what came before ( I read a lot...really a lot) I'm in no way saying a new mass effect isn't wanted or being done for money...I just need to see some proof that it needs to exist, plot points, narrative....something.

kensredemption

#6

kensredemption said:

"I'm Commander Shepard, and I won't be featured in any future Mass Effect games. Nor will Casey be in charge of any future projects."

Munkyknuts

#8

Munkyknuts said:

@N711 I really didn't have an issue with the endings of ME3, and while the Mass Effect universe is deep and diverse there is the problem of escalation....the reapers were the big bad of the last games and they went all out for them to be the biggest threat to existence that they could be. How do you follow that? Try and go bigger or start smaller and have a new story arc to build on? Just setting something in the Mass Effect universe isn't enough without a good story to follow. I'm open to being excited about it if/when that becomes more apparent.

N711

#9

N711 said:

@Munkyknuts problem with ending is all that came before didn't matter it was just like choose A, B, C or D and see what happens.
Also I never been that fond of the reapers story I kind of pretented they were like extra galactic alien invasion
To renew interest to the series it doesn't have to be bigger (though I'd love to see Extra Galactics adventures) but it can be smaller and more personal also I think its during Sheppeards time so a parralel story who knows what else there is in the universe? ;)

Munkyknuts

#10

Munkyknuts said:

The original Deus Ex ended in a similar multi choice manner as well...I can see why it could cause some issue but I just took it as a continuation of the way choices were made through the game.
A story set parallel to the existing games could be interesting, the multi player in Mass Effect 3 was meant to show conflicts happening away from Shepard and his team and that it was a galaxy wide struggle. I'd hope for them to start small and build a new story arc that gets bigger. Hopefully it will all come together into a story I can get excited about.

kupo

#11

kupo said:

@Munkyknuts I'd always thought a game set in a previous Cycle would be the best way for them to proceed (especially since any kind of sequel would seem to retcon all of the different endings). In ME3, Javik made a comment about the humans and other races having different appearances and cultures than they do now, and that seems like an interesting way to almost "reboot" and redesign everything while still retaining the essence of the game universe.

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