BioWare senior creative director Mike Laidlaw announces his departure

BioWare senior creative director Mike Laidlaw announces his departure

Laidlaw has been with the company for 14 years, working on huge BioWare games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

"It's with a mix of emotions that I'm announcing my time with BioWare has ended", he says.

Laidlaw first joined BioWare as the lead story developer and writer for Jade Empire, an action role-playing game that launched in 2005. In his 14 years at the studio, he worked on multiple RPG franchises, including Mass Effect and Jade Empire.

Whether Laidlaw has left with a new game in the middle of production isn't exactly clear.

In my time at BioWare I have been lucky to work with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry.

He most recently served as creative director on 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it's yet unclear what his plans for the future are beyond playing (and streaming) some games. For now, he says he wants to spend some time "reconnecting with all the unbelievable games and worlds [his] peers have created", and he plans to share those experiences on Twitch and Twitter.

To anyone who's taken the time to share feedback and experiences, your incredible cosplays and artistic creations: thank you. Just like that folks, the golden age of modern BioWare loses a creative force.

Laidlaw's departure from BioWare will be seen as a blow for many Dragon Age fans.

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