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Former FIFA Director Announced as the Next Head of BioWare Studios

EA has officially named Gary McKay as the next General Manager (GM) of BioWare, following the resignation of Casey Hudson late last year. It’s worth noting that while both Casey Hudson and his predecessor (Aaryn Flynn) have played key roles at the studio since its formation in the 1990s, McKay is a bit of a misfit. Hudson was the producer of the Mass Effect trilogy and Knights of the Old Republic while also having some roles in the development of Baldur’s Gate II. Flynn, on the other hand also had important roles in the development of Mass Effect, Mass Effect II, Baldur’s Gate II, Dragon Age Origins, and more.

McKay has been serving as the interim general manager since Hudson left alongside Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah. Before that, he was the company’s head of development operations, having joined in January 2020.

Over the course of his twenty-year-long career in the video game industry, McKay spent most of it as the franchise development director of FIFA. He has also held notable positions at Roadhouse Interactive, Navigator Games, GREE International, Propaganda Games, and Monkey Games. Ironically, most of these studios focus on mobile gaming with not a single BioWare-styled RPG (or any decent game) on their resume.

We’re laser-focused on releasing the types of games BioWare has built a reputation on. High-quality console, PC, and online RPG games with rich stories, unforgettable characters, and vast worlds. We continue to work on the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect — and this is a milestone year being the 10th anniversary with more to come from Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Gary McKay

The following years are going to be crucial for BioWare as the studio continues to work on the next entries the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises. The last two games from the studio, Andromeda, and Anthem were both met with a fair bit of criticism. It’s hard to see either IP being pursued if we see a couple more repetitions of Andromeda or Anthem.

Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.

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