Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw has decided to part ways with Bioware. Laidlaw was previously a writer for Mass Effect and Jade Empire; a lead designer on Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II; and the creative director for Dragon Age: Inquisition. He was also creative director on the next unnamed Dragon Age title before he left.
"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," Laidlaw said in his statement.
There's no word on what Laidlaw will be doing next, if he remains in the gaming industry at all.
Laidlaw is the latest in a number of high-profile departures at Bioware. Bioware general manager Aaron Flynn left the company in July of this year. Mass Effect: Andromeda narrative designer Chris Schlerf transitioned from Bioware Montreal to Bungie in February 2016. Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider, who worked on a number of titles with Laidlaw, left Bioware in January 2016 following a similar 17-year stint at the company.
There's no word on who will replace Laidlaw and what impact this will have on the next Dragon Age. Laidlaw confirmed that the next Dragon Age project was happening in September, but declined to call it the "fourth main game" in the series. Sunless Sea creator Alexis Kennedy is writing for the project.