The BioWare community says a tearful goodbye to the man behind some of the most iconic franchises in gaming history. Mike Laidlaw has been paramount to works such as the Mass Effect trilogy, the Dragon Age franchise, and the infamous Jade Empire title. Today he said goodbye to a company that he has been with for 14 years, and fans of the amazing worlds that have come from BioWare are "shook".
It is only appropriate that in his letter to the public that he ends it with a popular Elven endearment from the Dragon Age series, "Ma Serannas", which means "My thanks/thank you." For those that have followed the epic adventure that he helped to create, it's difficult to see him depart the team that he has spent so much time over the years developing. For those that are wondering what the future holds for the franchise, he urges fans not to worry:
"It's with a mix of emotions that I'm announcing my time with BioWare has ended. After 14 years and a chance to work on Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and all things Dragon Age - it's time for me 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 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 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 anyone 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 adventures together.
As lovers of the Dragon Age series, we wish nothing but the best for Laidlaw in all of his future endeavors. As far as Dragon Age goes, we have confirmation that there is at least one title in the works, with enough material to span several games. Only time will tell what the future holds for Thedas and the numerous other magical worlds that BioWare has created. We wis you nothing but the best, Mike Laidaw!