Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw Leaves BioWare After 14 Years

It’s always difficult seeing a life-long employee leave a studio, and Mike Laidlaw’s case wasn’t any different.

Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw, known for his work as the Lead Designer on Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II as well as contributing to other BioWare titles including Mass Effect and Jade Empire, decided to leave the studio after a long 14 year relationship with the company. Laidlaw went to Twitter to thank BioWare, his colleagues and share his excitement for what may come in the future.

It’s with a mix of emotions that I’m announcing my time with BioWare has ended. After 14 years, it’s time to move on. In my time at BioWare I have been lucky to work with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry. It’s been an honor to be a part of the Dragon Age team, and I have every confidence that the world we’ve created is in good hands. I’m excited for the road ahead.

For the near future, 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. To everyone who’s taken the time to share feedback and experiences, your amazing cosplays and artistic creations — thank you. You’ve made my time ‘in Thedas’ amazing. Your passion inspires and I look forward to our next adventure together.

What do you think of Laidlaw’s departure? Will it affect future Dragon Age titles if we ever get one?