David Gaider, lead writer for BioWare’s Dragon Age franchise, has recently expressed interest in working on a new Role-Playing Game set in the Star Wars universe. Among many fond memories about his time working on Knights of the Old Republic on Twitter today, Mr. Gaider also stated “I’d love to work on another Star Wars RPG. Maybe with
@ChrisAvellone (a member of Obsidian Entertainment, who created sequels to both Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights), to temper my bad habits. Hey, I can dream.”
While there has been no news out of the BioWare camp as of yet, with BioWare’s story-telling and RPG pedigree, as well as their history with the franchise, creating arguably the most acclaimed game in Star Wars history, and currently maintaining their The Old Republic MMO, it would seem like a natural fit. Especially considering Electron Arts’ current possession of the rights to develop games for the franchise, and the unlikelihood that they’d pass the project off to a company outside of their banner.
Just last week, the internet was abuzz with speculation after many very elaborate and clearly choreographed space-related tweets by BioWare employees about the potential nature of Mass Effect 4. While it may not be likely, it’s not out of the question that they were also hinting at a return to another highly-lauded space-faring franchise.
Two months ago, David Gaider also stated “I have decided to leave Dragon Age and move onto a new, upcoming BioWare project (which I can’t discuss).” This also lends some credence to the idea of a new Star Wars game. Though it could also be pretty much anything else, or the aforementioned Mass Effect 4. Either way, the idea is exciting, and the timing seems all too brilliant to just be an idle thought sprung from whimsy of days gone by. I for one would love to see a new BioWare Star Wars RPG happen, and if they could get KOTOR‘s lead writer, Drew Karpyshyn on board, they could shake the foundations of the gaming industry once again. They may also do nothing and still be awesome dudes, either way.