Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw leaves BioWare after 14 years

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‘I have every confidence that the world we’ve created together is in good hands’

Dragon Age creative director and longtime BioWare employee Mike Laidlaw has left the studio. He broke the news in a letter posted to Twitter this afternoon, noting it’s simply “time to move on.”

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 a 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 to our next adventure together.

Ma serannas.

-Mike

While Laidlaw sounds positive about the future, any sort of high-profile departure like this is bound to spur speculation and uncertainty, and that’s particularly true for a company like BioWare and a series like Dragon Age. The next entry hasn’t been officially announced — BioWare has been discussing its new IP Anthem as of late — but we have heard bits and pieces about what’s in the pipeline.

Mike Laidlaw [Twitter]