The co-creator of BioWare’s Mass Effect franchise has left EA’s famed RPG studio

Walters announced his departure from the company over the weekend, after more than 19 years there. Beginning as a writer on Jade Empire, Walters advanced to a more senior position on the original Mass Effect before becoming the trilogy’s lead writer for the second and third installments.

“With a new year comes new adventures,” Walters wrote in a post on LinkedIn. “As some of you already know, at the end of last year I decided to leave BioWare. These past 19 years have been a life-changing experience, to say the least, and it chose to go very difficult.”

“I’ve worked with so many wonderful people and had the privilege to be a part of the most amazing teams and projects,” he continued. “It’s hard to fathom it all, and I know I’ll be reflecting on it for years to come. “Thank you to everyone I’ve had the joy of working with, and I wish everyone at BioWare the very best in everything you do. It’s truly been a pleasure.”

While Walters is best known for his work on Mass Effect, he has most recently served as production director on the upcoming Dragon Age Dreadwolf, BioWare’s next major release and the long-awaited sequel to 2014’s Inquisition.

During his time at BioWare, Walters also served as a narrative director on the ill-fated Anthem but was mostly known for his work on the studio’s Mass Effect projects.

Walters oversaw the contentious BioWare Montreal project as creative director on Mass Effect Andromeda. Walters was most recently the project director for the well-received Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which remastered the franchise’s beloved original trilogy. Walters also wrote many of the Mass Effect tie-in graphic novels, which expanded on the story of the games.

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