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Longtime Mass Effect writer Mac Walters departs BioWare

From Jade Empire to the Mass Effect series and some Dragon Age, Walters was involved in much of BioWare's big games over the years.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

January 23, 2023

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Screenshot from BioWare's Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.

BioWare's lead writer Mac Walters is no longer at the developer. On LinkedIn, Walters revealed he made the "very difficult" choice to depart the Canadian studio he's worked at for almost two decades. 

"These past 19 years have been a life-changing experience," wrote Walters. "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."

His leaving marks BioWare's first high-profile departure of 2023. In recent years, the RPG developer has lost big names such as Christian Boyd, Jonathan Warner, Casey Hudson, and Mark Darrah

Walters originally joined BioWare in 2003 as a writer for its 2005 game Jade Empire. From there, he would become a senior writer for the original Mass Effect and lead writer for its respective sequels. He also directed 2017's Mass Effect Andromeda and was the narrative director on 2019's Anthem

Following the end of Anthem, Walters led development of 2021's Mass Effect Legendary Edition. He more recently served as the production director on BioWare's still in-production Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. 

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Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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