Casey Hudson's long career at BioWare took him from a technical artist on Neverwinter Nights and MDK2 to the head of the Mass Effect franchise. Now, after 16 years, he's decided to call it quits, saying that it's time for "a much-needed break."
In a panel at PAX East, Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson has given some details about the next entry in the series. Okay, so 'details' might be a little strong. 'Vague hints of the studio's development plans' is probably closer to the mark. Hudson did, however, also give a similarly cryptic teaser about the existence of a brand new fictional universe being developed by BioWare Edmonton.
STOP THE PRESSES! Oh, we don't have presses? Well STOP THE INTERNET, because BioWare have announced that they've begun work on a new Mass Effect game. Oh wait - they already did that. Still, it's clearer now that this has moved from vague aspiration to actual development. It's not DLC, it's (presumably) not an iPhone, Android or Nokia N-Gage spin-off; as BioWare Masster Casey Hudson just revealed via Twitter, it's a "completely new Mass Effect game. What would you want to see in it?" Well, you heard the man - what would you want to see in a new Mass Effect?
We’ve previously covered Mass Effect 3’s jolly exciting multiplayer mode, but Mass Effect 3’s creative director Casey Hudson’s shed a little more light on it in an interview with Xbox World.
Multiplayer's always been on the cards for the Mass Effect series, but the solution was to build Mass Effect 3 from the ground up with multiplayer in mind. Rather than controlling Shepard, the player is charged with an independent character for multiplayer. “Shepard is still the hero, making the big decisions, deciding what's going to happen with the universe and building alliances,” said Hudson. “But now there's armies all over the place, fighting to just hang onto different locations.”