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Former Dragon Age Lead Writer David Gaider joins Beamdog

David Gaider

Former Dragon Age Lead Writer David Gaider announced his departure from BioWare a few weeks ago, saying that it was “time to move on to a new challenge.” Today that new challenge was revealed as Beamdog, the digital distribution platform, publisher, and developer that's currently working on a new Baldur's Gate.

“We're very pleased to welcome David Gaider to the company as our new creative director. Originally we advertised for the position of senior writer, but when David contacted Trent about the position, we upgraded the role,” Beamdog said. “David is well known for his design and writing work on Baldur’s Gate 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age: Origins. He brings 17 years of experience to our little team and we couldn't be happier to work with him. David will lead the writing team and direct new creative endeavors for the company.”

Gaider's long history at BioWare would make any new role noteworthy, but his move to Beamdog is especially interesting because of its work on Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. Beamdog (and BioWare) co-founder Trent Oster said in December 2015 that it's “content complete” and so Gaider won't have much impact on that game, but assuming that it sells reasonably well (and on the strength of the name alone, I'm guessing that it will), further releases in the series seem likely. And more Baldur's Gate, narratively helmed by one of the main guys behind Baldur's Gate 2, is a very exciting prospect.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.