In December 2020, Casey Hudson announced her departure from BioWare. The move seemed to surprise everyone, including parent company Electronic Arts, which announced on the same day that a search was underway for someone to fill the role of CEO that left Hudson vacant. "We will find the right leader who deeply loves and respects the heritage of this studio, who embodies the values of this team and who will help continue the incredible legacy of BioWare," said Laura Miele, director of the EA study.
Today, BioWare announced that it has found the person it was looking for: Gary McKay, who joined the studio in January 2020 as head of development operations and has been acting interim GM since December, has received work permanently.
"I started my career in the industry with EA in 1998 and it was so exciting to see the studio and company grow in the early days," McKay said in statement. "I spent the next seven years with EA before continuing. But now you could say I've done a full circle."
"I am very grateful for this opportunity. When you spend more than 20 years in the industry, there are a handful of studies on your list of repositories in terms of equipment you would like to work with and BioWare is at top of my list.This studio is unique in that it has an amazing history of creating critically successful games and universes that are truly loved by so many fans.For me, success is about rebuilding that reputation and fulfilling that promise of quality. "
McKay has previously been director of development for EA's FIFA Soccer series, according to him Mobygames as well as other games such as Triple Play 2001, Total Club Manager 2004, Def Jam: Fight for NY and SSX on Tour, and was the studio director of Tron: Evolution, developer of Propaganda Games. Prior to his return to EA, McKay was general manager of the studio and vice president of product at the Vancouver-based Navigator Games studio.
McKay said his role as GM involves "setting a vision for the business and then enabling creative developers to do the best job as we come together as a team." He said nothing about what kind of work they are currently doing, however, except to point out that the development of Dragon Age 4 and a new Mass Effect game (which we already know) continues and that there is "more to come from Star Wars: The Old Republic ".