Mike Laidlaw, the creative director behind Bioware’s Dragon Age franchise, has announced that he is stepping away from the development studio.
Making the announcement on Twitter last night, Laidlaw provided few details about his decision, writing only that “it’s time for [him] to move on.” Similarly, the director was not forthcoming about his future plans, neglecting to mention his next career move, but saying that he will take some time to “reconnect with all the amazing games and worlds that [his] peers have created” and share those experiences on Twitch and Twitter.
Laidlaw has been at Bioware for more than 14 years, and has played a role in a number of the studio’s most-loved properties, including Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age.
The news comes soon after the departure of former Bioware General Manager Aaryn Flynn and the reinstatement of Mass Effect director Casey Hudson.
Bioware is currently working on a new Dragon Age title, though few details on that project have been announced. However, the next game from the team will be Anthem, a new shared-world shooter announced at E3 2017.
The most recent project for the studio was Mass Effect: Andromeda, the much-anticipated follow-up to the Shepard trilogy, which met with a lacklustre reception and resulted in the series being put “on hold.”