Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw leaves BioWare

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Today, Mike Laidlaw announced he’s leaving BioWare after 14 years with the company. Laidlaw had served in various roles as writer and designer on Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age: Origins, eventually becoming creative director of the entire Dragon Age franchise.

One of Dragon Age’s best features is its willingness to break its own canon.

“For the near future,” writes Laidlaw on Twitter, “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.”

We’ve got no further details on where Laidlaw is heading next, but at this point I’d suggest letting him enjoy the time off.

Laidlaw’s sudden announcement left many questioning what the future would hold for Dragon Age, but a tweet from the franchise’s executive producer Mark Darrah suggests that another game in the series is still on.

It’s tough to imagine what shape Dragon Age will take without its creative director, especially considering that the series has never really had a cohesive throughline. Origins was a modernized throwback to classic CRPGs, DA2 was a more console-friendly take on the formula, and Inquisition was a massive MMO-style vision of single-player role-playing.

We’ve been hearing various rumors about Dragon Age 4 for some time, but the only concrete detail was that Sunless Sea writer Alexis Kennedy was working with BioWare for something in the franchise. And, as NeoGAF has noted, a series of Dragon Age-related job listings have disappeared from BioWare’s site. That was initially concerning, but given Darrah’s tweet the company might just have their final team ready to start work on the game.

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1 Week ago

I really dug Inquisition. I was a little lukewarm on it at first, and I put it aside for Witcher 3. But when I came back to it this year I got hooked after a bit and blew through all the content and expansions before stopping. Some of the locales were stunning, and the chars were good. Damn fine game.

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I made the mistake of trying to do all the MMO sidequests. Burnt me out... I couldn't finish the game : /

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I played it on launch. Is it even possible to play the game on a higher difficulty without grinding yourself to boredom?

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3 Days ago

Good riddance. He was the arrogance behind Dragon Age 2 and refused to accept that DA: O was a fantastic game. Couldn't stand the guy. BioWare will be better without him.

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1 Week ago

The Dragon Age series have been dead to me after Origins and Awakening. The Mass Effect series has been dead after the trilogy.

Jade Empire was an amazing RPG. I still dream of a 2nd Jade Empire, one that is true to it's predecessor. :/

Are there anyone notable left at Bioware now? It just seems like most people who worked on the Bioware jewels have all left the company. The Bioware we once knew is dead.

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