Casey Hudson has been appointed creative director at Microsoft Studios.
That's a pretty hefty feather to their cap. Wish him best of luck in his new job.
Amazing asset to the team! Too bad the KoToR IP isnt owned by MS.
This is most excellent. It's been so refreshing to watch Microsoft continue their turnaround by putting creative minds in leadership positions. That's a business model I think we can all get behind.
Couldn't agree more. Phil Spencer worked with him on Mass Effect. So glad they got him onboard we don't need Kotor or Jade Empire. With Casey and the right team in place we could get spiritual successors to those games. Phil is contantly bombarded on twitter by fans who keep asking for sequels to Kotor and Jade Empire. This might be the first step to bringing those games(or their spiritual successors) back.
"Xbox Wire: What can you share about your new role? Casey Hudson: As Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, my primary focus will be the creative direction of HoloLens Experiences." Hudson played a big part in having Bioware focus on gripping storylines in their biggest games. So reading that Microsoft will have him work on HoloLens 'experiences' makes me wonder if they are overlooking his area of expertise.
@ Mr Pumblechook Perhaps you aren't considering the full potential that Hololens has for such experiences.
"Today, we’re proud to announce that Casey Hudson has joined Microsoft in the role of Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, where he’s working on Microsoft HoloLens, Xbox, and other awesome projects." "I will also be working with innovative new Xbox titles, helping them to find success through clear direction and creative vision. I will be involved in driving a creative focus for Xbox and Windows gaming, and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved in that. The projects I’ve seen in development so far are amazing, and it’s going to be an awesome experience helping these teams cross the finish line" @Mr Pumbleback Sounds like he will be working on Xbox games too.I think being a creative director at Microsoft Games studios actually means he will be overseeing multiple projects at a time.i.e Hololens,PC&Xbox.
good luck with him as he is under the command of the fail man (aka Kudo Tsunoda
He is a great addition to the XBO family but As Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, his primary focus will be the creative direction of HoloLens Experiences. IMO HoloLens in gaming will be just another gimmick just like Kinect.
Yeah that's a pretty big get for MS.
After Joseph Staten joined the Xbox Family, there wasn't anyone else who I thought I'd be super excited about joining. But now Microsoft Studios' Creative Directors include the writer/cinematic director for Halo and the Project Director for both Mass Effect & KOTOR -- that's huge! Hell, all they need now is Todd Howard and they'll have each of my favorite developers running Microsoft Studios. :D
This could prove to be a very big deal.
So much great news today!
Awesome news. MS is steadily building, expanding and strengthening their inhouse talents. With his background in story telling i imagine MS already has something in the works.
Nice to see MS go after gaming talent other than those corporate dicks they had before such as Balmer and Mattrick. Kinect my ass.......we want games and these hirings are good for us gamers. This bodes well for future Xbox endeavors and both the PS and Xbox are solid platforms heading forward. Nintendo.......who knows what the hell they're doing?
This has nothing to do with Nintendo...
If you had the chance to meet Mr. Ballmer you would see he is actually a very down to earth person. He was very passionate about his job which led to some pretty funny stuff when you seen it out of context. I'm not sure if he was the best person to lead the company, but I don't fault his effort.
Hudson is actually going to be doing the same job that Peter Molyneux did. Molyneux was a highly talented dev as well. I think the creative director should be a creative guy...kinda part of the job description. The execs are more in charge of the business sides of things, and typically screw things up.
big time get for ms
Thats a huge pickup for MS, dude led one of the best studios out there. He has tons of experience, excited to see what the future brings to X1.
Put him and Joseph Staten in a room together and just say "Make a game" and you could have one of the best Sci-fi IPs of all time.
Well IMO Halo is already one of them, but it would be interesting to see what he comes up with
I would have preferred Don Draper as creative director. He would do E3 with a Canadian club in his hand.
Gotta say i am really enjoying this new Xbox view of having first party content. They have been recruiting alot, and even Phil Spencer said he is trying to put together amazing first party studios. He already said that this E3 will be amazing for X1 owners, and its going to be heavy in first party content/exclusives. Sickkk, cant wait.
Wow, that's a blue chip signing for Microsoft and Xbox. Welcome to the family.
Doesn't anyone remember that Casey was one of the main reasons why Mass Effect's ending was soo screwed up? BUt that's none of my business...
He was also the reason the entire trilogy happened. He did a LOT more good than bad. Mass Effect was an amazing experience. Maybe the ending wasn't the best there is but when I think Mass Effect I think about the whole journey. The begining and then end don't matter that much IMO it's what's inbetwee .
I remember and to that I say Mass Effect 3 should've been coming out this year... imagine that.
I remember a lot of the Mass Effect fanbase being terrible people towards him...
One mishap does not erase the entirety of his previous work. This guy knows his stuff, and this is a great hire for MS. He handled the ME3 situation poorly, but realistically, no matter what the ending was, people were probably going to be pissed off by it.
Knight of the Republic III incoming!!!
I'm glad to see he got picked up. Not my favorite place but if it gives me a good reason to get an Xbox I'm all for it. I was half expecting him to turn up with an indie studio and a kickstarter for a sci-fi RPG.
Talent is talent, no matter where it is. Keep being awesome Casey!
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