Jack Wall Discusses Why He Left The Mass Effect Franchise

March 5, 2011 Written by Joseph Peterson

It is no secret that Bioware’s Mass Effect 2 on the PlayStation 3 was a huge success. Not only receiving a perfect 10/10 here at PlayStation LifeStyle with our review, but also many other highly positive reviews from many other sites around the web. The game offers a fantastic storyline, as well as action that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. So with all this success it is shocking to hear that someone from the series has decided to leave the franchise to pursue other goals.

Jack Wall, prolific composer for the Mass Effect series, has chosen to leave the franchise behind to achieve other goals. Here is what he had to say about his time working with Bioware:

Well, I’ve had a great relationship with BioWare for five years, and I think, you know, as with any important relationship it’s complicated.

Wall continued:

Now I’m working with other clients and it feels fresh to me and I think they feel the same way, so I think it’s just time to move on. I have nothing but love for those people. I’m sure I’ll see them again. It’s just time for a break, maybe.

As long as you have someone doing what we did on the game development side, you can get away with that, and have just somebody write great music and direct them how to do it. I think it’s totally fine. It depends what you’re looking for as a game developer, really. Do you need somebody with that knowledge, or no? Sometimes, you know, I’m just interested in all that stuff, so I bring that with me, and that’s an asset I have, right? But it doesn’t necessarily make me more suited to a particular project, unless the developer feels it is. So, I’m having a really good time with that knowledge now, because it really makes me think differently about how I compose for games.

I do things relevant, so I do think there’s a learning curve. I hope Clint Mansell can get up to speed on that quick and doesn’t feel too overwhelmed. He’s a very talented guy, so I’m sure it’ll be great.

It is sad to see such a talented composer leave such a high profile franchise, but we wish him the best in his future endeavors. Clint Mansell who will be taking over Wall’s position as the title’s composer is known best for his work in the 2010 film Black Swan.