Well known as the head designer behind Biowares Mass Effect trilogy, Casey Hudson has been working within the videogames industry for over ten years, all of which he has spent working at Bioware, located in Edmonton in Canada.
Hudson originally began his career by joining the company as a technical artist, working on the artwork for their earlier video games, MDK2, Baldurs Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights & Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He eventually managed to climb to become game director for Knights of the Old Republic & later Jade Empire.
Seven years into his time at Bioware, Hudson became Executive Producer on Biowares new Mass Effect series, the success of which helped increase his renown within the games design world.
Hudson has made his name working on some of the biggest games in the western industry, most significantly Knights of the Old Republic, & the Mass Effect trilogy, all immensely popular & successful games which focus heavily on immersive storylines which allow the player to make numerous & significant choices & decisions which directly effect the way the games story unfold.
With the exception of MDK 2 (Upon which Hudson was an artist, not a direct designer), all of the games which he has worked on have been RPGs, something Bioware has become extremely well known & respected for, largely due to Hudsons work. Hudson once stated in relation to Mass Effect “We have a rule on the team that there are no canon choices. We leave it to you to decide Shepard’s true path.”; showing that his (& Biowares) goal is to allow players to influence & be a part of the world they choose to immerse themselves in; moving away from the traditional path of simply being little more than a spectator to a story that has already been decided with no real power given to the player.
Hopefully more & more games will take similar views in the future, allowing players to experience more games where their decisions do not simply result in a victory or a game over screen, but instead affect the story & interaction with the world they play a part of…
- MDK 2 (2000), Bioware
- Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000), Bioware
- Neverwinter Nights (2002), Bioware
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003), Bioware
- Jade Empire (2005), Bioware
- Mass Effect (2007), Bioware
- Mass Effect 2 (2010), Bioware
- Mass Effect 3 (2012), Bioware