BioWare lays off longtime writer Lukas Kristjanson, known for his work on the Baldur's Gate games
The surprise BioWare layoffs include longtime Baldur’s Gate writer Lukas Kristjanson, who contributed to both BG3 and the original game. The writer’s departure is especially notable given the success of the latest entry in the series, which features Kristjanson’s popular character, Minsc. Former BioWare writer David Gaider expresses shock at the layoff, praising Kristjanson’s contributions to the series.
In a series of tweets, Gaider says, “Lukas is an amazing writer. He’s done so much for both Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age. I’m stunned and saddened to hear this news.”
Developer Larian Studios has drawn inspiration from BioWare’s later work, with comparisons being drawn between Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. The success of BG3 therefore highlights the demand for single-player experiences that BioWare has moved away from in recent years.
The layoffs also include writer Mary Kirby, who has worked on the Dragon Age series since 2006. Losing Kirby and Kristjanson raises concerns about the future of the Dragon Age series without their involvement.
You can read all the details of the layoffs here.
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