Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw has left BioWare

Above Dragon Age is one of the games that likely helped EA have a great year for digital sales. Image Credit Electronic Arts

Above Dragon Age is one of the games that likely helped EA have a great year for digital sales. Image Credit Electronic Arts

Longtime BioWare veteran Mike Laidlaw, whose credits include Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Jade Empire, has departed the studio according to a Tweet he sent out earlier today.

Laidlaw first joined BioWare as the lead story developer and writer for Jade Empire, an action role-playing game that launched in 2005.

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There's no word yet on exactly why Laidlaw left BioWare or what he plans to do next professionally. Today he said goodbye to a company that he has been with for 14 years, and fans of the awesome worlds that have come from BioWare are "shook". Laidlaw's most recent position with the company had been Creative Director on the Dragon Age series and had even let loose the news that a Dragon Age project was in the works last month. His departure will be sorely missed by core fans, but we'll always have the fantastic experiences he helped make.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Laidlaw said, "It's with a mix of emotions that I'm announcing my time with BioWare has ended".

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Regarding Dragon Age specifically, Laidlaw said he has "every confidence that the world we've created together is in good hands and I'm excited for the road ahead".

"For the near future, I plan to spend my time reconnecting with all the awesome games and worlds that my peers have created", wrote Laidlaw. You've made my time "in Thedas" awesome.

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