Writing-maestro, David Gaider, announced today that he’d be leaving Bioware after seventeen years with the company. This, depending on how critical you are of Bioware’s last few writing forays is either an “uh oh,” or a “woo-hoo.” I’m of the former camp. Games writing in general is in its infancy, but Bioware was doing their best to do it right, and a lot of that is owed to David Gaider’s involvement.
Dragon Age: Inquisition wasn’t a bad game; it just seemed to be under the mistaken impression that it was an MMO when in actuality it was a single player game that had lots of zones and lots of quests, but that’s not the writers’ fault. They just write the stuff, they don’t necessarily decide how in which it’ll be used. At the end of the day, though, Dragon Age: Inquisition was solid game with solid writing. It certainly wasn’t the series at its best or worst.
Gaider was was leader writer on that and all other Dragon Age games, and once upon a time, he was lead writer on Baldur’s Gate, too. He also wrote some of the most memorable characters, including HK-47, Morrigan, Duncan, and Cassadandra.
The Dragon Age wiki does a good job of filling people in on his writing credits.
Back in March of last year he left the Dragon Age team to work on something else at Bioware, leaving the series in the hands of Patrick Weekes, a talented writer in his own right. I’m cautiously optimistic to see what another lead writer can do with the Dragon Age series. I guess we’ll see soon enough. Well, soonish. We still have no idea when Dr4gen 4ge will be out, or whether they’d ever use a title that bad. But still, despite moving on from Dragon Age, Gaider was still at Bioware, and was still presumably writing something.
That’s not the case anymore, and he has left some pretty big shoes to fill.
In happier news, Drew Karpyshyn announced late last year that he was actually returning to Bioware after a few years away from the company. Karpyshyn was previously lead writer on Mass Effect 1 and 2, so hopefully that means good things for Mass Effect: Andromeda, which Gaider probably wouldn’t have had much to do with anyway.
But that’s a conversation for the future.