BioWare’s boss Aaryn Flynn has left the studio, after working there for 17 years. This news comes nearly four months after the launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which saw a tepid critical response, and negative feedback from fans.
Flynn’s role will be replaced by Casey Hudson – former project director for the Mass Effect franchise. Hudson left BioWare in 2014 to work at Microsoft on a HoloLens project.
"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 realised the opportunities before us," Flynn said in his resignation letter. "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."
As Eurogamer points out, Hudson was on the original team that helped envision the studio’s new IP, Anthem. He had been working on the project as far back as 2012.
Flynn worked at BioWare for 17 years. He was the general manager for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 3, and Dragon Age 2. Before that, he was director of programming on Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins.
Following Andromeda’s negative response, the Mass Effect franchise has been put on hiatus, and the development team downsized. A report released earlier this month indicated that no singleplayer DLC would be released for the game – a first for the series.
"Doing whatever I could to help our developers create some of the best games in the industry for you all has been the most humbling experience of my life," Flynn continued. "Now, I'll be playing BioWare's games in the future from an exciting new perspective."