Mac Walters, co-creator of BioWare’s hit Mass Effect games franchise, has publicly confirmed his departure from the famed studio after more than 19 years with the company. Starting out as a screenwriter for Jade Empire, Walters took a major role in the original Mass Effect before becoming the lead writer on the second and third parts of the trilogy.
“Happy New Year, new adventures‘ Walters wrote in a LinkedIn post. — As some of you already know, late last year I made the decision to leave BioWare. These 19 years changed my life to say the least and made this step very difficult. I have worked with many wonderful people and had the privilege of being part of the most wonderful teams and projects. It’s all hard to comprehend and I know I’ll think about it for years. Thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure of working with. I wish everyone at BioWare the best in everything they do. It felt really good.”
For the time being, Walters’ LinkedIn profile indicates that his career has been put on hold.
Most recently, Walters was executive producer on the upcoming Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, BioWare’s next major release and the long-awaited sequel to 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. Before that, he led development on Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem. Walters also directed the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a re-imagining of the original trilogy, and authored numerous Mass Effect graphic novels.
Several veterans have left BioWare in recent years, including boss Casey Hudson and Dragon Age veteran Mike Darrah. BioWare is also busy with the next part of Mass Effect. Mike Gamble’s team is currently in the early stages of developing a sequel to the famous franchise.