But it doesn't necessarily spell the end of the Dragon Age series, which Laidlaw says is in good hands. Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider departed the company early previous year, while Mass Effect: Andromeda's lead writer left BioWare for Bungie.
(Note not to confuse the situation with Marc Laidlaw, who left Valve after 18 years with the company in 2016.) Laidlaw was a veteran of the studio who served as lead writer on Jade Empire, helped develop the first Mass Effect, and was creative director of the Dragon Age series.
Laidlaw has been at Bioware for more than 14 years, and has played a role in a number of the studio's most-loved properties, including Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age.
So after 14 years of hard work and a sack on his back with a lot of successful titles, Laidlaw has made a decision to step off the directing for BioWare and go back to what we all want to do at some point, play the game.
Laidlaw didn't go into details regarding the reasons for his departure, and said that in the meantime he plans to spend some time 'reconnecting with all the incredible games and worlds that my peers have created.' He'll probably be taking a well-earned break before moving onto his next endeavour.
As Laidlaw was such an integral part of the Dragon Age team in particular, some fans may have concerns about the quality of the next Dragon Age game. But fans will be hoping that the wait for Dragon Age - and Laidlaw's next project, whatever it may be - is well worth the wait.