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BioWare general manager, Aaryn Flynn, has officially stepped down from running the company and has departed ways from the studio after 17 years of working at BioWare. In a surprising twist, the former creative director of Mass Effect is taking over Flynn's duties of running the studio.
In a blog post on the official BioWare website, Aaryn Flynn announced that he was stepping down as the general manager of the esteemed development studio, which is currently owned by Electronic Arts. In his stead, former director for Mass Effect 3, Casey Hudson, will be brought in from the Edmonton in Alberta, Canada after taking a hiatus from BioWare following his stint with the Mass Effect trilogy. Hudson will fulfill the role of running BioWare and overseeing the general direction of the company.
The post goes on to explain how Flynn joined BioWare, doing so right out of college. He managed to get married as the studio finished up the original release of Neverwinter Nights, and his first son was born when the studio was prepping to ship Star Wars:Knights of the Old Republic for PC and the OG Xbox. His second son was born directly after BioWare shipped their other popular OG Xbox title, Jade Empire.
Flynn doesn't really explain why he decided to give up the position of being the general manager at BioWare, and he doesn't really delve into his ordeal of "contemplating changes" that led to the decision, but it's obviously something he wanted to do and taking over for him is something Casey Hudson wanted to do.
Hudson became one of BioWare's most infamous faces (and voices) for the company during the Mass Effect 3 ending debacle, where Hudson was the face of the company taking the entire brunt of the fan feedback during the whole fallout.
Things ended up turning sour when gamers played and finished Mass Effect 3 and realized that the so-called 17 different endings were literally just different colors, and that there wasn't really any resolution to all of the events that happened throughout the trilogy of games. Many fans became angered that the promised endings based on the decisions made throughout Mass Effect 1, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 didn't really come to fruition in the way that most expected.
The media, for the most part, took the side of BioWare. However, it didn't stop fans from making so much noise about the lack of resolution and lack of clarity to the endings that they were promised that BioWare eventually capitulated and EA and BioWare had an additional extended ending made to clarify the lore and explain the aftermath of the events from the third game. Hudson left shortly after the whole Mass Effect 3 debacle.
In a pre-sequel spinoff called Mass Effect: Andromeda, the journey took place in a completely separate galaxy in order to get away from the Mass Effect 3 drama, but it didn't fare too well with critics or gamers. BioWare is now working on a third-person action-RPG centered around mechs called Anthem.
Casey Hudson will have a lot of weight on his shoulders carrying the company into 2018 and beyond. As for Aaryn Flynn... he gets to enjoy BioWare's titles as a fan instead of as a creator.