The name Casey Hudson is spoken with hushed tones around weird parts of the internet. Following the disappointing ending to Mass Effect 3 (and the utterly ridiculous reaction to it all), Mr Hudson lost a little bit of fandom online. So you’re forgiven if you’d forgotten that he left BioWare last August – but his new appointment at Microsoft is wildly exciting.
Hudson has jumped ship to Microsoft as Creative Director behind Xbox – overseeing the vision of some of the first-party loveliness that the Silicon Valley corporation is hoping to sell Xbox Ones with. But that’s just the tip of things. Along with Xbox, Hudson will also oversea creative direction on the company’s most exciting product in years – HoloLens.
After playing around with the innovative hologram device earlier in the year, Hudson was sold on it.
“I was blown away by the technology and what it was already capable of. Walking on Mars while sipping coffee in an office setting, Skyping with a friend who can draw on the walls of my environment, sculpting an object in 3D modeling software while a hologram of it sits on a table next to me… These first experiences cemented my belief that holographic computing was where I needed to be.”
“I feel that the work being done at Microsoft on mixed reality and holographic computing will have a tremendous impact on how all of us interact with technology in the coming years,”
It’s the gaming aspect that I’m a lot more interested in, and I do have to wonder if Hudson is bringing his years of expertise to help bridge the gap between Xbox and HoloLens. Right now only Minecraft has been shown off as a game fit for holographic capabilities – but this could chage really soon with some first-part experiences.
“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.”
Whether it’s traditional games or a brand new frontier, I think Microsoft have really chosen well with Hudson. The Director on both Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic must be doing something right in the industry, don’t you think?
Last Updated: May 19, 2015