Dramatic changes are coming to Electronic Arts studio BioWare, a developer that has undergone some challenging times recently. BioWare General Manager Casey Hudson and Dragon Age Executive Producer Mark Darrah are departing the company, as relayed in individual letters and by EA Chief Studios Officer Laura Miele. Samantha Ryan, who once led Warner Bros. Games, will continue to oversee BioWare, and Senior Director of Development Operations Gary McKay will be the interim studio general manager. Christian Dailey, who once worked at Blizzard, will lead the new, untitled Dragon Age game, and Matthew Goldman remains its creative director. Mike Gamble is leading the Mass Effect franchise.
Casey Hudson has worked at BioWare for nearly 20 years in total, though he previously stepped away from the company for a period between 2014 and 2017. He gradually became an instrumental force at the company, directing the seminal Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect. Mark Darrah likewise has been with BioWare for 23 years and has been a “key partner in leading the studio,” as Hudson put it.
At present, BioWare has Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy, in development for basically every platform except Nintendo Switch, and there is a new game in development as well. (But no details have been shared.) Likewise, details on the next Dragon Age remain almost equally scarce, save for some concept art. Meanwhile, Anthem, the most recent new IP from the company, continues to struggle and is planned to receive a full-scale redesign, in which Dailey has been heavily involved.