EA announced that BioWare chief Casey Hudson and next Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah have left the studio. Development of all games, including the sequel to Mass Effect and Dragon Age, will continue without their participation.
EA is currently looking to replace Hudson as head of BioWare. So far, the responsibilities have been shifted to Gary McKay, the lead director of internal development. Former Blizzard employee Christian Daly will lead Dragon Age.
“This was a tricky decision for me. The incredible Dragon Age development team has made my life more complete. They taught me a lot. But it is the strength of the entire team that makes such projects possible. I know that without me, Dragon Age will not only survive but flourish.
This is Hudson’s second departure from the studio. The first time was in 2014, when the head of BioWare left to work at Microsoft, but then returned in 2017.
“It was not an easy decision, and such big changes always come with an element of sadness. I will miss working daily with our inspiring developers on the biggest and most impressive projects I can imagine. But I also know this is the best time to make a difference – both in my life and in BioWare’s life.
Hudson’s return was considered a good sign back then, with fans believing that the studio would restore its reputation. However, since then only Anthem has been released, which, after a short time, went for “revision” after a lot of criticism.
At the presentation of EA Play 2020 , several frames from Dragon Age 4 were shown. Even less is known about the sequel to Mass Effect – the events of the new game may develop in Andromeda.