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BioWare Veteran Designer James Ohlen has Departed the Studio After 22 Years

BioWare has witnessed a lot of familiar faces come and go over time, but as of yesterday, the studio is visiting another significant departure.

James Ohlen, a veteran programmer and creative director at BioWare, declared that after 22 years of working together with the company he’s retired. “After 22 years I’ve retired from BioWare. I’ve loved my time with Anthem, Star Wars, Dragon Age and Dungeons along with Dragons,” Ohlen shared via his private Twitter account. He went on to say he is in need of a break from the industry and moving forward will “work on something a little smaller and more private. ”

Ohlen’s work at BioWare contains every one of the names that he mentioned previously, with him more specifically having worked on games such as Dragon Age: OriginsStar Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Perhaps his most famous position held in the business during his tenure was the Lead Designer on Baldur’s Gate 1 and two along with Neverwinter Nights.

While it’s easy to get concerned anytime a noteworthy face departs a studio, this movement by Ohlen seems much more like it is for his private benefit. In subsequent tweets after the announcement of the death, Ohlen said that his next project is that of a pencil and paper RPG publication called Odyssey of their Dragonlords. “I’ve been D&D enthusiast as I was 10 years old and I want to be part of it again,” Ohlen clarified of the book.

You may just make a lot of career changes within the span of your life, so reluctantly to Ohlen for pursuing something that has meant a great deal to him because he was a child. To see more about his next work, you can go here.

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