Former Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw has left BioWare after 14 years. The game industry veteran had worked on many series for the studio including Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and played a pivotal role in helping create the Dragon Age series. He didn’t announce what’s next for him in terms of a job, but he did say he’s looking forward to “reconnecting with all the amazing games and worlds that [his] peers have created.”
Here’s his full letter (via Twitter):
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 take 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.
This is certainly a major loss for BioWare to lose someone as talented as Mike Laidlaw, but his confidence that the Dragon Age world is “in good hands” should certainly be comforting for fans. It’ll be exciting to see what Laidlaw does next.