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BioWare loses creative director on Dragon Age: Inquisition

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BioWare has not had the best of years, especially when it comes to more immediate games releases. Mass Effect Andromeda failed to live up to the extraordinary expectations demanded of it, leading to BioWare Montreal shift from a main to support studio under EA. The game has already had its single-player support ceased, as the company focuses both on its new shared-world shooter Anthem, and a new Dragon Age title. The latter of which will be without Inquisition’s creative director.

Mike Laidlaw has been with BioWare for over 14 years, but his time at the studio has come to a close. Laidlaw announced his departure via Twitter, sharing his excitement to reconnect with some games his missed out on during his tenure. Laidlaw didn’t make clear where he might be headed to, but it seems that his career isn’t quite yet over.

It’s another big departure from BioWare following Aaryn Flynn’s move earlier this year. Laidlaw has served on many of BioWare’s biggest projects during his 14 years at the studio. Originally joining to work on Jade Empire, Laidlaw quickly moved on to a role within the Dragon Age series, starting as a designer on the first title. His creative directorship on Inquisition was his high point though, and the game performed well with both players and critics alike.

With a new Dragon Age in development, it’s curious to see Laidlaw not be part of its vision. But with BioWare going through so many structural changes and shifts to address their slight stagnation, it might just be part of the process. Laidlaw has also been with BioWare for a long time now, so perhaps it’s just time to move on.

Last Updated: October 13, 2017


  1. My only problem with Inquisitions, was that the separate parts of the story never really came together in the final moments of the game. Decide to let the Grey Wardens live? No impact on the outcome of the game. But other than that, overall the game was LEKKER!


    • Viper_ZA

      October 13, 2017 at 13:40

      They launched a broken piece of crap on PC unfortunately 🙁 which is why I bought it for console on the cheap instead! xD


    • Kromas Ryder

      October 13, 2017 at 13:46

      Can truly say that the best DA was the first.


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