Mass Effect 4: Casey Hudson Leaves BioWare

Casey Hudson, the director of Mass Effect 3, has left BioWare, the company announced

“After nearly 16 years of game development at BioWare, Executive Producer Casey Hudson has made the decision to move on from BioWare and enter a new stage of his career. We thank Casey for his hard work and dedication as we look back on his time with BioWare,” BioWare said in a blog post

He started as a technical artist on Neverwinter Nights in 2002 and MDK2. He notably was team leader in the Mass Effect triology.

“After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare. 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,” Hudson wrote.

He added: “Though there’s never an easy time to make a change like this, I believe this is the best time for it. The foundation of our new IP in Edmonton is complete, and the team is ready to move forward into pre-production on a title that I think will redefine interactive entertainment. Development for the next Mass Effect game is well underway, with stunning assets and playable builds that prove the team is ready to deliver the best Mass Effect experience to date. And the Dragon Age: Inquisition team is putting the final touches on a truly ambitious title with some of the most beautiful visuals I’ve seen in a game.”

BioWare is slated to launch Dragon Age: Inquisition sometime in 2014. After that, the company has indicated it’s readying the next Mass Effect game, which media companies have dubbed “Mass Effect 4.” It’s not an official title, the company has pointed out.