Enlarge / Hudson returns to BioWare as the company pivots to Anthem, its first new IP in over a decade.
BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn unexpectedly announced today that he’ll be leaving the company after a 17-year stint. His replacement as general manager will be Casey Hudson, the former Mass Effect series project director who left the company three years ago for a position as creative director at Microsoft Studios.
“I have been contemplating changes in my own life for some time, but when I heard that Casey [Hudson] had confirmed he was up for the task, I realized the opportunities before us,” Flynn wrote on the BioWare blog. “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.”
The shake-up comes at a shaky time for BioWare, which saw Mass Effect: Andromeda receive a harsher-than-expected reception from critics and audiences earlier this year amid numerous launch-day technical issues.

An extensive piece in Kotaku last month uses quotes from unnamed BioWare employees to highlight the difficulties that plagued the title’s five-year development.

A subsequent report suggests that planned single-player DLC for the game has now been canceled.
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