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Gaider delivered his news in a string of Tweets on Tuesday. Here's the rundown:
So a bit of news: I have decided leave Dragon Age and move onto a new, upcoming BioWare project (which I can't discuss).— David Gaider (@davidgaider) March 3, 2015
While it's hard to leave Dragon Age behind, 10 years is a long time to work on any one project. I decided it was time for something new.— David Gaider (@davidgaider) March 3, 2015
Dragon Age isn't the only BioWare franchise to benefit from Gaider's skill set. He was originally hired in 1999 as a designer for Baldur's Gate 2, but quickly found himself writing dialog for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. After that, he was shuffled into the lead writer position on Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark.
But the last ten years have been dedicated to Dragon Age. He's crafted nearly every narrative aspect, including the three main games and 12 DLC packs. Plus, Gaider wrote a trio of Dragon Age comic books and three goddamn novels.
Yeah. He's probably ready for a change.
But stepping away from a decade-long project isn't easy. Though, Gaider seems confident in his replacement:
I am happy, however, to leave Dragon Age in good hands: @PatrickWeekes will be Lead Writer once I'm gone. I can't think of anyone better.— David Gaider (@davidgaider) March 3, 2015
Patrick Weekes is a fellow BioWare writer who's been collaborating with Gaider for the past year. Weekes recently finished a novel called Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, but he's also done some work on the Mass Effect series.
BioWare is staying quiet about what Gaider's next project will be, but the developer has already revealed two major titles. Videos from an untitled Mass Effect sequel hit the net last summer, but I think Gaider is probably working on the mysterious Star Wars game that's been in development since 2013. He already has experience with the franchise, and the Star Wars universe compliments Gaider's fantasy background more than Mass Effect.
Either way, we're excited.