In yet another blow to the EA owned studio, Fernando Melo has left BioWare. He was lead producer on the team developing the fourth instalment in the Dragon Age series. This makes the second high profile loss from the studio in mere days. Ben Irvin, lead producer of the disappointing multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem, left the studio on August 15th.
The BioWare veteran, who’s been with the studio for 12 years announced on Twitter that he would be leaving with immediate effect, posting a parting letter for his coworkers. In the letter, Fernando shares his appreciation for the opportunities that working with both EA & BioWare has brought him.
(3/4) Here's my parting email to the studio since it also goes out to all of those I've had to pleasure to work with before, and helped to make it a fun and unforgettable ride, but couldn't get that email. pic.twitter.com/E1c4q2UafF
— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) August 17, 2019
Fernando also seems bullish on the development of Dragon Age 4, codenamed “Morrison”, and believes the game will represent the definitive Dragon Age experience. BioWare has struggled with lacklustre releases for quite some time, with many laying the blame firmly at the door of EA, which was voted the most evil company in the world in 2012. Some even believe the company is playing a major part in the ruination on the gaming industry.
Many will see these recant departures as a bad omen for the fantasy RPG series, but we’ll have to wait until we know more about the game to make that decision. Dragon Age 4 was announced at The Game Awards 2018, receiving a short teaser trailer.
Dragon Age 4 has yet to receive a release date, but if you want to catch up on the series so far, Dragon Age: Inquisition is available on PS4, Xbox One & PC.