The end of the year is marked by many departures within the video game industry. After Sony Bend Studio and SIE Japan Studio, it is Bioware’s turn to see two of its most popular figures leave.
Thus, Electronic Arts have just formalized the simultaneous departures of Casey Hudson, CEO of Bioware, and that of Mark Darrah, executive producer of the next Dragon Age. This information is quite surprising given that the Canadian firm is currently working on several large-scale projects. The development of the games in question will continue despite this not very reassuring news.
No impact on games?
Bioware will therefore enter a phase of uncertainty with several changes within its organization chart. Christian Dailey, who recently left Blizzard, will therefore take Mark Darrah’s place as executive producer on Dragon Age 4 . For his part, Casey Hudson, who leaves the studio for the second time after his first departure in 2014 before returning in 2017, is temporarily replaced by Gary McKay in the role of general manager.
EA still wanted to reassure players by declaring that the games will not be impacted for these departures. Remember that Bioware is at work on the next Dragon Age as well as on the Anthem reboot and on the recently announced Mass Effect: Legendary Edition compilation. In addition, a new Mass Effect is also in production.
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Definitely, Bioware does not manage to find a semblance of serenity after the chaotic developments of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem. The latter having also been a commercial and critical failure. These departures could breathe new life into the teams … or spell the end for this iconic studio which has lost its former glory.