David Gaider, former lead writer on the Dragon Age series, is leaving BioWare. Gaider announced his departure in a tweet this morning.
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
According to Polygon, it was Gaider’s own decision to leave.
“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.”
“As to where I’m headed next, that announcement will come in due time — today’s about saying goodbye and packing up,” he added.
Gaider’s work with BioWare started with Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, Knights of the Old Republic, and Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark. He went on to become lead writer for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and Dragon Age: Inquisition (though he left that position a few months back).
Gaider also wrote a comic series, “Dragon Age: The Silent Grove,” published by Dark Horse.
He’s also known for being the man behind Dorian, the Dragon Age series’ first gay character (though there have been queer characters of various identities since the first game). Gaider himself is openly gay, and has spoken before about his interest in making games more inclusive.