Casey Hudson Takes Over BioWare Following Mass Effect Andromeda Disaster
Casey Hudson BioWare General Manager
(Last Updated On: July 19, 2017)

Casey Hudson, the former game director on Mass Effect 3 and a resident member of BioWare who left the company three years ago, has returned. He hasn’t just returned to BioWare, he’s now leading the company as the general manager after Aaryn Flynn surprisingly stepped down from his role.

In a blog post, Flynn explained that after 17 years he has been “contemplating changes” in his life and that when he found out that Hudson was once again interested in taking over his duties at BioWare, Flynn obliged…

“I have been contemplating changes in my own life for some time, but when I heard that Casey had confirmed he was up for the task, I realized the opportunities before us. I will be working with him over the next couple of weeks to help catch him up and do my part to set him up for success to be the best GM he can be.”

Hudson left BioWare shortly after the fallout from the Mass Effect 3 ending, something that was covered extensively by KnowYourMeme.

As the game’s director and front-man for PR, Hudson took the full force of the player blowback from the ending debacle, defending the game at every turn until he and the rest of BioWare, eventually conceded that the ending was not sufficient and that an extended ending DLC would be released to further explain what happened.

Fans still weren’t pleased.

Back in 2014 Hudson departed from BioWare as work escalated on Mass Effect: Andromeda. For anyone who hasn’t been keeping track of the news, Mass Effect: Andromeda was a critical failure as far as quality standards were concerned, given that it was technically and thematically inferior to the original Mass Effect trilogy in just about every way but the third-person combat.

The development was mired in controversy even before gamers land their hands on a controller. Aaryn Flynn was at the center of one particular polemic fallout involving former BioWare game designer, Manveer Heir, who made a string of racist comments leading up to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Heir claimed that Aaryn Flynn, BioWare’s then general manager, supported him in his racist views.

This had people calling for the jobs of both Flynn and Heir. Just after Mass Effect: Andromeda went gold, Manveer Heir departed ways from BioWare.

At the moment there are no plans so far for any follow-up sequels or DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda, with EA leaving the series out to dry.

Hudson, however, will be in charge of running the company as they attempt to rebound from the tarnishing they suffered at the hands of the BioWare Montreal studio. A lot of gamers were displeased with the public support of SJWism from the BioWare staff working on Andromeda, and were even further displeased when they found those Social Justice Warrior talking points front and center throughout the gameplay experience.

EA will be keeping a close eye on BioWare from now on, according to CEO Andrew Wilson. With Hudson back in the loop, he’ll now be charged with ensuring that the studio produces Anthem to EA’s liking. It’s possible that his three year sabbatical from BioWare was part of taking the brunt of the fallout from the Mass Effect 3 controversy, and now he’s partially back in the good graces of the company as he attempts to right the ship and potentially steer them back towards being a successful company again.

However, it will take a lot of effort and time to win back the trust of dedicated gamers who currently see Hudson as the man who tarnished Mass Effect, and as BioWare Montreal as the studio who killed it.


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  • Queen Deadite

    Why do they care what crybaby snowflakes want anyway? Why not stay true to your core gamers that shell out for every release and dlc?

  • Pratim Gupta

    Lets hope he can save the Galaxy

  • SapiaNt0mata

    release a game with SJW+LGBT crap like Andromeda and you won’t survive Bioware. it’s not a threat. that’s reality

  • Disqusted

    EA keeping a close eye on Bigotware means nothing, because EA were the ones who literally flew in non/anti-gamer Suckeesian for feedback on Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, and that game bombed too.

    This just seems like a PR move to trick people. “Look, we’re replacing the heads. You can trust us again”. Bullshit.

  • Joaquin

    Best wishes to Casey on this move. Hopefully, in due course, he can restore the Mass Effect franchise, or pioneer high quality new games. Until then, however, I’m more interested in what Guerrilla Games is doing. As of now, BioWare is so 2007 in my opinion.

  • LurkerJK

    needs more button awesome

  • durka durka

    Ending asside mass effect 3 gameplay wise was pretty good.

    • ThyPancakeConsumed

      Asside. Love what you did there man. No homo or sarcasm.

    • Disqusted

      I recall it being less of a snoozefest than ME2. But it really bugged me that I couldn’t sheathe my weapon. The reason for that was such bullshit: “consoles don’t have enough space for the sheathe animation”.

      I recall also having trouble with so many actions bound to one button (the space bar), so it was easy to accidentally do unintended actions.

  • Alistair

    the fact that EA is watching over BIOware tells me that, they had enough of BIOware mockery.

    • Disqusted

      Now all EA needs to do is have enough of its own mockery.

  • SevTheBear

    They will have to give it 110% if they wish to win Gamers back + drop that SJW BS

    • Phasmatis75

      SJWs are never able to separate themselves from the agendas they push. It won’t happen, the company will burn and be gone in half a decade.

      • SevTheBear

        Or rather eaten by EA

    • Phasmatis75

      SJWs are never able to separate themselves from the agendas they push. It won’t happen, the company will burn and be gone in half a decade.

  • Mr.Towel

    We need to save the Mass Effect IP. Quick! Put in charge the guy who destroyed Mass Effect 3 ending through bypassing the writing process in a narcissistic power grab!

    Wait… What?!

  • Bioware and Mass Effect: Andromeda.

    Joke of a company and a joke of a game.

    Almost forgot – feminism is cancer.

    Regards,

    GamesGoodMeGood

  • jlnod15

    I will admit for me. I kept to ME1 MAINALLY and I did play ME2. But it felt like a number of things was too dumb downed.. Never when beyond those two ME’s. Wonder if it will be worth it in the future.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    Maybe all sjw related shit needs to be removed first and then old faces brought back into studio? That’s something i would do if my company or studio i own produced disaster like Cuck effect Pretty boys and ugly girls-meda.

  • AlecJ

    I dont know much about this guy, and wont judge the move at this point…..but doesnt it seem odd for a company who just experienced a big failure to change leadership and go to the man in charge of the last big failure?

    It seems like rotating chairs on the deck of the Titanic.

    I reminds me of politics…..

    • Grey

      As garbage as the ending of Mass Effect 3 may have been – and let’s be frank, on the garbage scale of bad it was a leaky radioactive waste site – Mass Effect 3 was still anything but a big failure financially.

      The game sold like hot cakes and had plenty of defenders, including most of the major gaming media sites, trying to downplay how terrible the ending was.

      Whatever his failures as a creative force, for the dead soulless husks in suits who run the business end of things, Casey Hudson is probably still a winner.

    • Grey

      As garbage as the ending of Mass Effect 3 may have been – and let’s be frank, on the garbage scale of bad it was a leaky radioactive waste site – Mass Effect 3 was still anything but a big failure financially.

      The game sold like hot cakes and had plenty of defenders, including most of the major gaming media sites, trying to downplay how terrible the ending was.

      Whatever his failures as a creative force, for the dead soulless husks in suits who run the business end of things, Casey Hudson is probably still a winner.

    • Phasmatis75

      According to glass ceiling reviews during the development of that failure the administration forced out all who didn’t ideologically agree with them.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    The faggotry was included in 3, under this guy’s watch.

    All I want from this company is to see it burn after the agendas it’s pushed.

    • Phasmatis75

      It will. Neither Andromeda nor Inquisition turned a profit.

  • GuyverOne

    I don’t think he can, if I remember correctly wasn’t Hudson and some other guy responsible for re-writing Mass Effect 3 after the story leaked and how we ended up with the rainbow ending.

  • Galbador

    Bioware killed Mass Effect with Andromeda and now Hudson thinks he can save it? No chances in hell that this will happen.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Casey Hudson, the former game director on Mass Effect 3 and a resident member of BioWare who left the company three years ago, has returned.

    Bioware flame wars will continue with surface of the sun levels of intensity.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a7a9e5bb964d3e984a365e5a5aad9e642d25db808059b5fd1e0a8d939c78611c.jpg

  • rotekz

    He has a mountain to climb. Do we know if he is sufficiently anti-SJW to prevent a shit show from occurring with future titles?

    • Keystone

      Dunno about him being anti-SJW (doubtful) but it’s worth remembering he’s the one responsible for ME3’s ending, and cutting a final boss fight from the game because it was “too videogame-y”

      So it’ll be a shitshow regardless.

      • rotekz

        Not necessarily. Its one mistake to fuck up the series ending. They got nearly everything else right.

        • GuyverOne

          I think they got too much wrong in 2 and 3. The RPG elements where so dumbed down they where more like an on the rails third person shooter.

          While the original had its flaws instead of trying to improve them they simply ripped out elements like planet exploration,inventory and the customisation of the mc and party was pathetic along with the writing.

          • LurkerJK

            are you kidding ?

            the first game char customization and “rpg elements” were a spreadsheet of +0.1% skill points, the inventory was a never ending grind of finding items that were 1% better every freaking battle, fighting was a chore, planet exploration with the mako was the most boring shit imaginable and you spent a ridiculous amount of time on elevators, doing that shitty mini-game or sorting your inventory

            the second game blew it out of the water, that game was actually fun to play

            the first game was pretty much shit on everything except presentation and the space opera thing, those two elements were so good at a time when it had NO competition whatsoever that many have subconsciously forgotten about all the shit you had to eat to get to the good part

        • LurkerJK

          everything else ? mass effect 3 is far inferior to 2

          from the gameplay to the writing everything is phoned in, it has nothing going for it other than nostalgia for characters built up in the much better previous games

          i can give mass effect 2 to anyone that does not know the series and they will enjoy it from beginning to end

          if i give mass effect 3 to someone that does not know the series they will bail in under an hour wondering wtf the game got praise

    • You just know that he and Bioware will double-down and force more Social Justice and feminism into their games whilst calling everyone “woman-hating misogynists and sexists”.

  • ParasiteX

    Lets hope he can salvage what’s left of Bioware’s desecrated corpse and turn it back into something decent.
    At the very least i find it hard to believe he will do a worse job than Flynn…

    Bioware used to be one of my favorite game devs.. But that changed since ME:A…..

    • VersVlees

      At this point Bioware is just another corpse on EA’s graveyard of developers.