Following BioWare Departures, EA “Very, Very Confident” About Studio’s Future

By | February 2, 2021

Following the departure of BioWare’s former general manager Casey Hudson and Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah, EA leadership is reassuring investors that it is “very, very confident” in the studio’s future.

During the company’s Q3 earnings call today, CEO Andrew Wilson responded to a question from an investor about the recent departures by praising BioWare, while simultaneously acknowledging criticism over the studio’s output in recent years.

“I think that from the outside world there have been some blips in [BioWare’s] delivery over the last couple of years, but that has come as a result of them pushing deeply into innovation and creativity, and we feel very, very confident about their future roadmap,” he said. “And we’ve talked about games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect in their future.

“With respect to Casey and Mark leaving, both good friends of mine, and we have tremendous respect for both of them. But this happens in the natural course of creative organizations from time to time, and we feel very very good about the ongoing leadership of that studio.”

Hudson and Darrah departed the studio in December, leaving Samantha Ryan in charge of the studio as a whole, Christian Dailey in the role of Dragon Age executive producer, Matthew Goldman staying as creative director on the same project, and Mike Gamble remaining as the lead on Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.

Today, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition received an official release date for May, and you can read our early impressions of the trilogy collection here.

BioWare is also currently working on a new Mass Effect project with a “veteran team,” as well as Dragon Age 4 — which received a new cinematic trailer at The Game Awards in December.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter with IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.