Neoseeker : News : Mass Effect lead Casey Hudson leaves BioWare, despite Mass Effect 4 and new IP still in the works
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BlackScythe Aug 7, 14
Wasn't he one of the guys blamed for ME3?
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RabidChinaGirl Aug 7, 14
BlackScythe Yeah, he was. Rumor was he and lead writer Mac Walters (also named co-lead writer of Mass Effect 2 alongside Karpyshyn) basically wrote the finale of Mass Effect 3 together, without the rest of the team.

At least, that's what an open letter from an alleged BioWare writer claimed. It got pulled pretty quick, but you can probably find it floating around somewhere, still.

Hudson also happens to be the face of Mass Effect, much like Cliff Bleszinski was for Gears of War. If shit hits the fan, they tend to be the people fans look to first.
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AznLiquid Aug 7, 14
Mass Effect 3 was disappointing in many ways other than the ending, and Casey Hudson is definitely one of the people to blame. The series needs a fresh start, but at the same time Hudson was also one of the people who made Mass Effect a great franchise to begin with.
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ANGRYWOLF Aug 7, 14
I think he became overconfident and conceited with ME and let the series slide there at the end.And you wonder if EA showed him the door because they were afraid if he remained the disenchanted fans from ME3 would see him as the face of ME4 and doom it before it ever got released.
I agree that I loved ME1 and I enjoy ME2 although it lacks some of the rpg elements from ME1 and the writing imo isn't as good.
There's a video "Everything wrong with ME3" that you can watch on youtube.
Some fans say it nitpicks but I think it's pretty accurate.
I hope he gets hired by another developer in a subordinate capacity and has to work his way back up.Maybe then he'll know he has to perform and won't let another ME3 happen again.
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SpartanNinja Aug 14, 14
To this day I still don't mind ME3. Did it have its faults? Yeah... but it was still thoroughly enjoyable in my book. And it tied up enough ends even if it was vague. Still would have liked the dying Sun story better I think but regardless I still liked it.
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daveyd Aug 21, 14
I'm more inclined to lay blame for the decline of Mass Effect (and Dragon Age) at EA's feet than any one member of the Bioware staff. IIRC, the bulk of development for Mass Effect (and possibly even Dragon Age: Origins) was completed before EA acquired Bioware in late 2007. I loved both of those games. Dragon Age 2 was a game with a clearly rushed development which I think can only be blamed on EA... After the first Mass Effect, we saw the games become less of a full-fledged RPG and more of a third person shooter (with RPG elements). Mass Effect 2 was still OK but suffered from the 2nd in a triology symptom. Then there's MA3 which many fans found to be a huge letdown. And I don't think Mass Effect 3 was a horrible game (for an action game with some light RPG elements, it's quite enjoyable), but it didn't live up to the promise of the first game. With all the hype Bioware created about Mass Effect being your story, where your choices have consequences, players found that in the end their choices didn't really matter at all. That I think where they really went wrong with MA3- probably should've spend less development time making people for Shepard to bang and more time making your choices matter.
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BlackScythe Aug 21, 14
By no means was ME3 a bad game, it was actually quite good, the scenes with Garrus in particular are probably some of the best character interactions in any game I've ever played. The line "There is no Shepard without Vakarian" touched me in a way few movies, books, or games have. It's just the problem was it seemed like the ending wasn't even made by the same group of people it came out of nowhere, made no sense, and wasn't even remotely satisfying.

While I lay DA2 and what was probably less than a year of development on the feet of EA, as well as the "CODing" of ME, I find it hard to lay the blame of such a weird and specific issue at their feet as was the case of the ME3 ending.
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ANGRYWOLF Aug 22, 14
Uh no ME3 was not a good game by any means.
Otherwise there wouldn't have been a player revolt against Bioware and Casey Hudson.
I still think a disagreement about the new ME moving forward led to Hudson's resignation.
He let his arrogance lead him down the primrose path to destruction.
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