Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

BioWare vet and Dragon Age director Mike Laidlaw is leaving the company

BioWare vet and Dragon Age director Mike Laidlaw is leaving the company

BioWare's Mike Laidlaw, the designer and creative director known for his work on Mass Effect, Jade Empire and the Dragon Age series, has announced that he's leaving after 14 years with the studio.

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 outcome front and center.

Seemingly to assuage any fan fears (of which there usually are many), Laidlaw said that he has "every confidence that the world we've created together is in good hands" and said that he was "excited" for what the franchise has in store. Jade Empire's fan acclaim and Dragon Age: Inquisition's high Metacritic (89 on PS4) score? He's worked on games like Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, and the aforementioned Dragon Age series, and many thought he was helming the all-but-announced fourth game in the main Dragon Age series.

He hasn't detailed the reason for his departure, nor what job he'll be moving on to next.

"For the near future, I plan to spend my time reconnecting with all the fantastic games and worlds that my peers have created", wrote Laidlaw. You've made my time "in Thedas" wonderful. Though BioWare has some of the greatest talent in the entire video game industry, losing one always hurts. Considering he's been hard at work for 14 years, though, that's quite a backlog to go through.

Laidlaw was nominated for a 2010 BAFTA Games Award for Best Story in Dragon Age: Origins along with Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk.

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.

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