BioWare said development of the next-generation Dragon Age game was going well, but it also lost an important leadership figure. Christian Dailey, who took over as executive producer after Mark Darrah’s departure in December 2020, has left the studio.
“As we continue our journey, we wish Christian Dailey a heartfelt farewell to BioWare,” said BioWare General Manager Gary McKay wrote“Christian joined us back in 2018 and has had a big impact on our games and leadership team, most recently as executive producer on Dragon Age development. But the game industry is changing fast and sometimes people want to try new things – We understand, but we will miss him as friends and colleagues.”
Before taking over Dragon Age, Dailey was Director of Franchise Development at Anthem Live Services and then Studio Director at BioWare Austin. He confirmed his departure from BioWare on Twitter, saying he was “looking forward to cheering for the team and playing as a fan.”
Hi friends. I would like to convey the news that I am leaving BioWare. The next Dragon Age is in our hands. Looking forward to cheering for the team and playing as a fan. Please follow my friends for the latest and greatest going forward. Really enjoyed the #DragonAge #Anthem family. 🐲🤖 https://t.co/y3OZ5vb8D2February 23, 2022
Daly said he doesn’t currently have any future plans to share, though he hinted — maybe jokingly — that he might be interested in following in Dara’s footsteps as a host. He didn’t reveal the reason for his departure from BioWare, but strongly suggested it was an amicable breakup.
“I want to reiterate that the Dragon Age team is killing it, the game is in great hands,” he said. tweet. “Don’t fall for hate. Lots of positivity, can’t wait for them to share more.”
The new Dragon Age project is now “in production,” McKay wrote in the update. “Our blueprint was finalized last year, so we’re now focused on building our vision: creating stunning environments, deep characters, strong gameplay, impactful writing, emotional films — and more. The blueprint for games It was well understood and the team was very focused.”
Dailey’s departure comes three months after the death of Dragon Age 4 senior creative director Matt Goldman, but McKay said the project is still led by “a strong leadership team of industry and Dragon Age veterans.” lead. These include production director Mac Walters, a BioWare veteran who helmed Mass Effect: Legendary Edition; longtime Electronic Arts employee Corrine Busche as game director; and Benoit Houle, product development director who has worked on since Origins Credit in all Dragon Age games (and most Mass Effect games) since.
McKay said BioWare will begin sharing more information about the new Dragon Age later this year. There’s still no indication of a possible launch target, but we expect it to be a long way off. Speaking of games without a release window, McKay also reiterated that BioWare is still working on a new Mass Effect game, and that the development team, led by Mike Gamble, is “actively prototyping new ideas and experiences.”