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Former Dragon Age creative lead moves to Ubisoft

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Last year, the creative lead behind the Dragon Age games left Bioware after fourteen years there. Mike Laidlaw was a veteran of the studio; the lead on Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, after working on games like Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. He was also the creative director of Dragon Age: Inquisition. He left to pursue other things, like working on smaller games and jobbing as a consultant.

He’s now back making AAA, big budget games…for Ubisoft.

“As you might know, I’ve been working as a consultant for the past year. It’s been an amazing experience, as it allowed me to work with teams of all different sizes and compositions around the world,” Laidlaw said in a LinkedIn blog post.

“The most exciting aspect of consulting was the opportunity to meet many incredibly talented folks across the industry and offer insight on some truly interesting projects. One of which, in fact, is the one I’m joining here at Ubisoft. In my months working with the team here, I’ve been really impressed with the combination of passion and raw talent in the studio. If you’ve played the excellent Assassin’s Creed Odyssey—which was principally developed here in Quebec City—you already have some taste of what that combination can produce.”

Colour me intrigued. I adored Odyssey (it’s one of my favourite games this year), and I’m quite fond of Dragon Age, even if the second and third games didn’t quite tickle me as much as Origins did. Ubisoft perhaps leaning even harder into proper RPG territory sounds good to me.

Last Updated: December 6, 2018


  1. Original Heretic

    December 6, 2018 at 10:29

    Jade Empire sequel?!


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 6, 2018 at 10:52

      • Original Heretic

        December 6, 2018 at 10:55

        Cause I’m the baddest Martha-fukker in the valley and I’ve got a hankering for more Jade Empire.


        • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

          December 6, 2018 at 11:53

          Never played Jade Empire, is it any good?


          • BakedBagel

            December 6, 2018 at 11:57

            Its actually pretty legit if you can get over the slight clunkyness and outdated look.

          • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

            December 6, 2018 at 12:08

            I love playing old RPG’s will try this one out.

          • Geoffrey Tim

            December 6, 2018 at 12:54

            Amazing game. Dated as hell now, but still worth playing. MYSTICAL MAGIC KUNG FU RPG. What’s not to love?

  2. For the Emperor!

    December 6, 2018 at 10:32

    “Ubisoft perhaps leaning even harder into proper RPG territory sounds good to me” – o yes!!


  3. Captain JJ

    December 6, 2018 at 10:44

    Hey, this could be good. Very good. Ubi is really upping their game lately and EA is, well, stagnant.


  4. Nikola

    December 6, 2018 at 11:27

    Dragon Age Inquisition was still quite a good game in my opinion the dragons in that game looked amazing. Was a fun story as well. But I don’t mind at all if Ubisoft continues the RPG route with AC, Odyssey was by my far favorite AC game it’s brilliant.


  5. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    December 6, 2018 at 13:54

    We should bless him with the power to stop MT’s.


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