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Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw leaves BioWare after 14 years

October 12, 2017 2 min read

Dragon Agecreative 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 Ageit'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 Ageteam, 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.


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 IPAnthemas of late -- but we have heard bits and pieces about what's in the pipeline.

Mike Laidlaw [Twitter]

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