It's a rough week for BioWare - we already reported the other day that Anthem's lead producer, Ben Irving, had left the company to go to an as-yet unknown rival, and now it seems that the next Dragon Age's lead producer, Fernando Melo, is following suit.
Melo was senior producer on previous games in the Dragon Age series, including Origins and Dragon Age 2, as well as working on other games for the company including Mass Effect Andromeda's online component, and had moved up to become the lead producer for an upcoming Dragon Age title.
Melo had been with BioWare for 12 years, and stated in a tweet that he needed fid time to disconnect and explore "a couple ideas for [the] next chapter in my career"
(1/4) Today was my last day at BioWare. After 12 years.. that's a heck of a lot of feels. :)— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) August 17, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/MFQELPM2jr
Melo did state in a follow-up tweet that the as yet untitled new Dragon Age game was "well underway to becoming the definitive Dragon Age experience" - but with the combined depature of Ben Irving, it's not a great week for BioWare, who now have two very big pairs of shoes to fill.
Stay tuned to GameFront for more on this as we learn about it.