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Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsIf you're a big fan of the Mass Effect series, chances are you know who Casey Hudson is. He was the project director on the series, and the series thrived under his direction and guidance, even if the ending of Mass Effect 3 was a bit of a misfire for many. Additionally, he also fulfilled the same role with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, so he's got quite the resume as far as game development goes. In any event, he originally left the company in 2015 to get a fresh start, taking on a role as creative director with Microsoft Game Studios for two years, but is now returning to Bioware fold to take over as General Manager. Unfortunately, Aaron Flynn, who was previously in the position since the departure of Bioware co-founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, will be departing from the company. Flynn has a similar level of experience at Bioware as Hudson, with the two having worked together as far back as Knights of the Old Republic. While Flynn will be missed by fans, Hudson's return should be a relief as the studios will be in competent hands. Hudson mentions in his 'Coming Home' post that the two have set the foundation for the recently announced Anthem, so it will be exciting to see how his presence will be felt with the game moving forward. Source: Bioware (1, 2) Are you excited that Casey Hudson has returned to Bioware's fold?
If you've played the Mass Effect games, chances are you're familiar with Casey Hudson; he was the project director on the series and was heading up development on the as-of-yet unnamed fourth Mass Effect game at Bioware Montreal before leaving the company last year. It was announced today that Hudson has been been appointed as Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, and he'll be working specifically on HoloLens—Microsoft's new virtual-reality and augmented reality-tech—and new game experiences to come along with it. Hudson mentioned in an interview with Xbox.com that he had been an Xbox fan ever since he first worked on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, noting that the games he worked on found the greatest success there and that it's even his preferred way of playing games. "But in addition to the privilege of working for Microsoft and Xbox, I am particularly excited about working on HoloLens," Hudson said. "I was fortunate to try an early prototype of HoloLens before it was announced, and I was blown away by the technology and what it was already capable of. Walking on Mars while sipping coffee in an office setting, Skyping with a friend who can draw on the walls of my environment, sculpting an object in 3D modeling software while a hologram of it sits on a table next to me... These first experiences cemented my belief that holographic computing was where I needed to be. There“s no end to the potential of this technology, and I look forward to being able to influence the full-spectrum experience on HoloLens, from hardware to OS, to applications and games." While it's unknown if Hudson is working on any specific games that are currently in development or if they're mostly in the prototyping stage still, there's always a chance we might hear more about the HoloLens at E3 in just under a month's time. Image Credit: Caseyhudson.com Source: Xbox.com Are you surprised to hear about Casey Hudson's new venture?