Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw leaves BioWare after 14 years

Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw leaves BioWare after 14 years

Mike Laidlaw, who has served as lead designer and creative director for the Dragon Age series, has left Bioware. He had been hired by BioWare as a guest writer on a Dragon Age project.

After a long and creative career under the roof of Bioware, Mike Laidlaw has made a decision to retire from his job as a director/writer for the company and announced it a couple of hours ago through his personal account on Twitter.

It's with a mix of emotions that I'm announcing my time with BioWare has ended. He's worked on games like Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, and the aforementioned Dragon Age series, and many thought he was helming the all-but-announced fourth game in the main Dragon Age series. It's been an honor to be part of the Dragon Age team, and I have every confidence that the world we've created together is in good hands and I'm excited for the road ahead. Your passion inspires and I look forward to our next adventures together.

The last Dragon Age game as Dragon Age Inquisition in late 2014 and constant hints and rumours from Laidlaw suggested that another game was in the works.


The BioWare community says a tearful goodbye to the man behind some of the most iconic franchises in gaming history.

BioWare has lost many high-profile staff in recent years, while recently seeing the return of Casey Hudson, who jumped to Microsoft, and then back again earlier this year, replacing other BioWare veteran Aaryn Flynn.

Mike Laidlaw joined BioWare in 2003, and was the lead story developer and designer for the action role-playing game Jade Empire.

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