Today, lead producer on Dragon Age 4, Fernando Melo, left BioWare, a company he has been at for the past 12 years. As you may know, this comes only two days after fellow lead producer, Ben Irving, left BioWare. However, unlike Melo, who was working on the new Dragon Age, Irving was the lead producer on Anthem. According to Melo, he's leaving on his own accord, and presumably on good terms. As for why he's leaving, the producer doesn't divulge too many details, but does note he's been looking to disconnect and has some new creative ideas he wants to explore. News of the departure came way of Melo's own personal Twitter account, and via the following thread:
(1/4) Today was my last day at BioWare. After 12 years.. that's a heck of a lot of feels. :)
Tonight I got to write my name up at our local pub, alongside many other amazing peers over the years, and it reminded me of a lot of folks no longer here that I miss dearly. pic.twitter.com/MFQELPM2jr— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) August 17, 2019
"There's really no easy way to sum up all the fantastic experiences and friendships across our studios, our partners, and in our community, that I've been so fortunate to have been a part of over these years," adds a follow-up tweet.
(3/4) Here's my parting email to the studio since it also goes out to all of those I've had to pleasure to work with before, and helped to make it a fun and unforgettable ride, but couldn't get that email. pic.twitter.com/E1c4q2UafF— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) August 17, 2019
(4/4) To be clear, this is my own decision. I've been wanting to take some time to disconnect and explore a couple ideas for next chapter in my career.
So what's next ... well, watch this space :)— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) August 17, 2019
As you can see in the email above, Melo mentions the new Dragon Age, referring to it as the "definitive Dragon Age experience."
"I'm incredibly proud and honoured to have played a part in that. I'll be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to experience the next Dragon Age as a fan this time around," added Melo.
Dragon Age 4 is currently in development at BioWare. At the moment of publishing, there's been no word of a release window, platforms, or even a final name for the game. For more news, media, and information on it, click here.