Lead producer of next Dragon Age game leaves BioWare

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Fernando Melo, lead producer on BioWare's upcoming Dragon Age game (opens in new tab), has left the studio, following Anthem lead producer Ben Irving (opens in new tab) out of the exit door.

Melo worked as a senior producer on Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 before becoming director of online development in 2011. In 2015, he left the role to work on the online portion of Mass Effect: Andromeda (opens in new tab), and was later made lead producer on the next Dragon Age game, codenamed Morrison. 

Melo said he wanted "time to disconnect and explore a couple ideas for next chapter in my career". 

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In a parting email to his BioWare Edmonton colleagues, which you can see in the tweet thread above, Melo said Morrison was "well underway to becoming the definitive Dragon Age experience". 

"I'm incredibly proud and honoured to have played a part in that. I'll be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to experience the next Dragon Age as a fan this time around."

Last month, a short story collection all but confirmed (opens in new tab) the setting for the next Dragon Age game.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.