Writer David Gaider has announced and confirmed via his twitter account that he is leaving BioWare. Mr. Gaider is responsible for such fan favorites as Cassandra and Dorian in Dragon Age: Inquisition (excellent game, if you happen to be looking for one to try), and HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic. He has also written several novels in the Dragon Age universe, for those who are nerds in more than just the gaming way.
Last March, it was announced via Twitter that he was moving on from the Dragon Age franchise after ten years, but on to another BioWare project. It turns out that the move turned into something more, it seems.
Some news: I must sadly announce that, after 17 years, today is my last day at BioWare. I'll miss my team, and wish everyone here the best.
— David Gaider (@davidgaider) January 22, 2016
Happily, there seems to be no ill will between developer and company, as confirmed by the man himself, via Polygon: “It was indeed my decision, one not made easily since BioWare’s been very good to me, and the parting is amicable,” he wrote. “It’s simply time to move onto a new challenge.”
He has stated that an announcement about where he’s going and what he’s doing next is forthcoming, but for now he’s staying mum on what’s next for him.
I, for one, am sad to see him go, though I understand his decision. And he’s right, ten years is a long time to work on anything. Dragon Age isn’t going away, he’s simply not going to be there writing for it anymore. That being said, Mr. Gaider had a hand in creating the universe as well as the characters of the game, and one wonders if some of the magic will be gone when the next Dragon Age drops. Dorian is one of my favorite characters from Inquisition, and my daughter’s as well. So, I’m sad to see him go, but excited for what happens next, both for him and for Dragon Age.