David Gaider has been working on Dragon Age since the very beginning. He's the man behind the franchise's overarching narrative, as well as the individual quest lines and character dialog. But this week, Gaider announced that he'll be stepping down to work on an unannounced BioWare title.
Gaider delivered his news in a string of Tweets on Tuesday. Here's the rundown:
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:
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.