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Love him or hate him, Casey Hudson managed to get through the Mass Effect 3 debacle mostly intact and has come out of the situation better for wear now that he's moved on to bigger and better things at Microsoft... specially the HoloLens technology.
Game Informer picked up the news from a post over on the Xbox news wire, where it was revealed that the former creative director at BioWare has been recruited by Microsoft.
Hudson posted a comment on the site, saying...
I am extremely passionate about the potential of this kind of technology, as anyone who’s talked with me over the last couple of years can attest. I feel that the work being done at Microsoft on mixed reality and holographic computing will have a tremendous impact on how all of us interact with technology in the coming years. It’s an honor to be able to join such an incredibly talented team, and to work on something that will fundamentally advance the role computers play in our daily lives.
HoloLens is Microsoft's latest foray into augmented virtual reality technology. It originally came onto the scene as the IllumiRoom, a prototype technology that extrapolated virtual environments from just the television screen to the entire room.
So what will Casey Hudson be doing under the wing of Microsoft? Well, he will be working with brand new Xbox One titles and offering insight and creative focus on gaming for both the Xbox and Windows brands.
Casey Hudson has previously worked on many high profile games throughout his tenure in the electronic entertainment industry. In fact, Hudson's career includes working on old classics like MDK2 and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn. Hudson moved up through the ranks at BioWare, working on other popular franchises like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a game that garnered BioWare tons of recognition and helped put the Xbox into serious competition with the PlayStation.
Hudson continued his career at BioWare, working on exemplary titles like Mass Effect, the Xbox 360 and PC exclusive that really helped shape the early days of the seventh generation of home console gaming.
Things took a slight turn on the downside for Hudson, as far as his reputation with the gaming audience went, when Mass Effect 3's ending went live and a lot of gamers were dissatisfied with the results. Not only were they dissatisfied with the ending, which many claimed was rushed and inconsistent with the content in the first two games, they were also dissatisfied with the way Hudson addressed the community. Of course, there were huge, ongoing debates about Mass Effect 3 that eventually resolved itself with a DLC ending that assuaged some of the anger.
After things died down Hudson eventually took leave of BioWare but he's now in safe hands at Microsoft. In the grand scheme of things this actually makes a lot of sense given that BioWare was somewhat instrumental in helping Microsoft get the original Xbox and Xbox 360 off the ground, so knowing that Hudson is now working on HoloLens isn't too much of a surprise. Now we just have to sit back and wait to see what sort of software comes out of Microsoft for the new HoloLens technology.