Veteran BioWare Designer, Having Worked on Baldur's Gate and KOTOR, Leaves After 22 Years

Another prominent member of BioWare's old guard hits the road.

Veteran BioWare designer James Ohlen is leaving the company after 22 years. Ohlen was the lead designer on some of BioWare's most celebrated games, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, Dragon Age: Origins, and Neverwinter Nights.

Ohlen announced his departure yesterday on Twitter, where he said he "needs to take a break from the industry and work on something a little smaller and more personal." In fact, he already has something lined up: A Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook called Odyssey of the Dragonlords.

"The most fun I've ever had at BioWare was as the lead designer on Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 and Neverwinter Nights," Ohlen tweeted. "I've been a D&D fanatic since I was 10 years old and I want to be a part of it again."

There's been a small exodus at BioWare as of late: Dragon Age's creative director Mike Laidlaw departed the company last October. General manager Aaron Flynn left a year ago, and Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider departed in January of 2016 after 17 years with the company.

BioWare's biggest priority right now is Anthem, but it says it's still doing background work on the next Dragon Age title. Anthem arrives in February of 2019, and once its launch is over and done with, we might get a better idea of where BioWare is headed.

By the way, we have a guide to everything you need to know about Anthem. Spend some quality time with it.

Tagged with Bioware, Dragon Age, News.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

The Developers Who Never Gave Up

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Stories of ongoing or aspiring success from studios big and small that had rough starts on games such as Fallout 76, No Man's Sky, and Anthem.

After a Rough Fiscal 2019, EA Executives Give Up Their Bonuses

After struggling with Anthem and Apex Legends, EA's top execs lose their bonuses.

Anthem's Cataclysm is a Storm of Negative Opinions During Testing

Anthem still has problems and the long-awaited Cataclysm doesn't seem to be fixing them.

BioWare Reveals Highly Anticipated Score-Based Cataclysm Event

The eight-week event brings some welcome loot changes as well.

Anthem is Noticeably Absent From EA Play's Stream Lineup [Update]

Looks like BioWare is getting out their news ahead of the big show.

More News

Plants vs. Zombies 3 Is Happening, But For Now It's Locked In Pre-Alpha

Time to get the army of the dead off my dang lawn again.

PUBG Has A Canon Origin Story Now, And It's Bonkers

Coping with trauma by starting a death-game island.

Trails of Cold Steel 3's Western Launch Delayed By A Month

North America and Europe will have to wait a bit longer.

Streets of Rage 4 Brings Back Composers From the Genesis Games

And adds some notable additional talent as well.