Fernando Melo, the lead producer on Dragon Age 4, has left BioWare after 12 years with the studio.
“Today was my last day at BioWare,” said Melo via Twitter. “After 12 years, that’s a heck of a lot of feels. 🙂 Tonight I got to write my name up at our local pub, alongside many other amazing peers over the years, and it reminded me of a lot of folks no longer here that I miss dearly.”
There are a couple of things worth noting about this departure. First off, Melo was also the producer of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2, which means that he was seemingly one of the most notable Dragon Age veterans involved with the development of Dragon Age 4. Now, it’s not entirely clear how many Dragon Age veterans remain on the current Dragon Age 4 development team.
For that matter, it’s still not entirely clear what we should make of Dragon Age 4 in the first place. BioWare hasn’t shared much official information about the project since releasing that brief teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel. It’s certainly not a good look when departures such as this are all we really get to hear about the game.
As Melo alludes to, though, the bigger story here is how BioWare seems to be losing developers at a shocking pace. There have been a number of high-profile BioWare departures over the years, but this last week alone, we also saw the lead producer of Anthem leave the company after a long tenure. Incidentally, one of the key members of the Halo: Infinite team also recently decided to leave their position.
What of BioWare, though? We certainly seem to be far removed from the studio’s glory days, but news like this makes us wonder whether we should be worrying about the future of the studio as well.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.
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