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Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw is leaving BioWare

Dragon Age Inquisition key art
Dragon Age Inquisition key art (Image credit: EA)

BioWare is famed for titles like Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, and of course, the dark RPG series Dragon Age, which put player choice and consequence front and center. Mike Laidlaw announced on his personal Twitter feed today that he has left the company, thanking fans and his colleagues.

Hey Everyone,It's with a mix of emotions that I'm announcing my time with BioWare has ended. After 14 years and a chance to work on Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and all things Dragon Age it's time for me to move on.In my time at BioWare I have been lucky to work with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry. It's been an honor to be part of the Dragon Age team, and I have every confidence that the world we've created together is in good hands and I'm excited for the road ahead.For the near future, I plan to spend my time reconnecting with all the amazing games and worlds that my peers have created, and I look forward to sharing those experiences with you all on Twitch and Twitter.To everyone who's taken the time to share feedback and experiences, your amazing cosplays, and artistic creations: thank you. You've made my time "in Thedas" amazing. Your passion inspires and I look forward t o our next adventure together.Ma serannas.Mike

Dragon Age Inquisition launched all the way back in 2014, and many fans (myself included) have been wondering what would be next for the franchise. BioWare's most recent game, Mass Effect Andromeda, underperformed according to EA, leading to a rumored cancellation of future single-player DLC and a general franchise hiatus. BioWare's main teams are currently working on Anthem, which is rumored to be a direct Destiny competitor, with an online open world and RPG elements.

Dragon Age Inquisition on Xbox One is pretty awesome.

Dragon Age Inquisition on Xbox One is pretty awesome.

BioWare has lost many high-profile staff in recent years, while recently seeing the return of Casey Hudson, who jumped to Microsoft, and then back again earlier this year, replacing other BioWare veteran Aaryn Flynn.

Laidlaw's departure from BioWare will be seen as a blow for many Dragon Age fans. Hopefully we'll get to see the fourth instalment of Dragon Age sooner, rather than later.

You can grab Dragon Age Inquisition plus all DLC for just $40 on Xbox One, and it's worth every penny.

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  • All the DA fans waiting for a new game better hope they don't get the ME treatment. Man, I haven't hated EA this much in decades.
  • Dragon Age: Origins was one of the best RPG's ever. Then Bioware was bought by EA. All RPGs released since then are essentially an action based, mostly brainless, hack and slash, button mashing bore-fests (yes, this statement is slightly exagerated for affect, but not by much). Most of what was good about the original Dragon Age died long ago. They no longer create art. As far as I'm concerned EA killed BioWare. Today they are merely a shell of their former selves, not because the people who still work there are bad, but because of EA's aversity to creativeness and risk.
  • tbh... I like DA-I more... no a fan of turn-based.