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One of the most successful series of videogames from BioWare is the fantasy RPG Dragon Age. Having already reached three installments, the team is preparing for a fourth one. We don’t have many details on it momentarily, but it certain that it’s coming. Even with this recent news that its lead designer and creative director, Mike Laidlaw, has decided to leave the company after 14 years.
He recently announced his departure from the studio through a lengthy Twitter post on his official account. Apart from Dragon Age, which was his main project, Laidlaw also worked on games like Jade Empire. He and even put some work on the Mass Effect series. Now, it seems like it’s time for him to move on and take a break.
Mike Laidlaw leaving BioWare
— Mike Laidlaw (@Mike_Laidlaw) October 12, 2017
In the Twitter post he shared with his followers, Laidlaw explains that after all these years of hard work, it’s time to move on to other things. He acknowledged the team and the people he worked with. He also said that he feels lucky to have worked with some of the most talented artists in the world. As for being part of the Dragon Age journey and family, he called it an “honor”. Interestingly enough, he added that the fascinating world they have created for this fantasy series, the world of Thedas, will be in very good hands. So, this is again confirmation that a fourth game is indeed happening.
As for what he is planning to do in the future, Laidlaw said that he now wants to reconnect with some of the older games that he missed playing. Also, he said that he is going to share his experience with on both Facebook and Twitch. Also, he thanked all the people who played the games and who cosplayed and shared their experiences with the team.
Mike Laidlaw Leaving the Company is the End of an Era
People should not confound Mike Laidlaw with Marc Laidlaw. The latter left Valve back in 2016. As for Mike Laidlaw, he was one of the original designers for the Mass Effect series. Also, the lead writer on the Jade Empire videogame. It’s interesting that he is leaving only three months after general manager Aaryn Flynn left too. Also, after the return of Casey Hudson, the Mass Effect project creator.
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