Bittersweet news coming for Dragon Age fans. David Gaider has announced via Twitter that he will be leaving the Dragon Age team for a new, undisclosed Bioware project. But fans need not fear; the incredible Patrick Weekes will be taking over.
For those who don’t regularly stalk Bioware writers, this may not seem like a big deal — but David Gaider has been the lead writer and motivating creative force behind the series for a long time, and Patrick Weekes has emerged as an incredible talent. Patrick Weekes was the writer for Iron Bull, Solas and Cole in Dragon Age: Inquisition and the writer for Mordin in Mass Effect 2, along with a whole host of codex entries (including the famous Tyrdda Bright-Axe entry) and world building. He has developed a reputation for compelling, thoughtful and complex characters.
So what will Gaider be working on? It’s likely a project that hasn’t been announced yet. In his Twitter feed he notes that it was “time for something different.” It’s likely not anything to do with Mass Effect; since both IPs have been very well traversed so far, it’s more than possible that Bioware is looking for a new world to build. And Gaider is definitely a master world builder.
The timing of this is interesting; it may very well be that Bioware has already started their next project. With their production cycles, that means we could be seeing an exciting new Bioware game within the next few years.