Its no secret that BioWare has fallen off track in recent years. Anthem was a bit of a mess, and Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to capture the magic of the original series. Gary McKay has been drafted in to take control of the company, who was originally the interim general manager of BioWare following the departure of Casey Hudson last year.
In a statement from McKay, he claimed that his idea of success relates to "rebuilding [BioWare's] reputation, and delivering on that promise of quality."
“I’m so grateful for this opportunity. When you spend over 20 years in the industry, there are a small handful of studios on your bucket list in terms of teams you’d want to work with — and BioWare is at the top of my list. This studio is unique in that it has an incredible history of building critically successful games and universes that are truly beloved by so many fans. For me, success is all about rebuilding that reputation, and delivering on that promise of quality.”
Despite only joining the company in January of last year, McKay has quickly risen in the ranks to where he is today. However, his vision is immediately clear, as he's said he's "laser-focused" on bringing the company back on track.
“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.”
BioWare's recent release, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, was a step back in the right direction. It was received well by fans and critics alike. We even said it was "the best way to experience the original series". Hopefully McKay's appointment will see a return to the classic RPGs the studio is known for, stepping away from live service models such as Anthem
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