A new RPG on Kickstarter, The Waylanders, is being produced by Spanish studio Gato Salvaje. The project, which has been kicking around for a while but has come to Kickstarter for a final push, is heavily inspired by a lot of old school RPGs and more modern takes on the formula like Dragon Age: Origins. If you’re going to take inspiration from Dragon Age, then it makes sense to bring on series producer Mike Laidlaw onto the project.
Laidlaw has been involved in the project since last year, but has rarely taken such an active role in presenting in. For the Kickstarter, which went up today, he more or less explains the ins and outs of the script in a video at the top of the page. The Kickstarter video has Laidlaw, who is identified as a creative consultant, give the main pitch for the game, explaining its story and setting for the fantasy RPG. This makes the the first project we know Laidlaw has been involved in since he left BioWare last October after fourteen years with the studio.
As you might know, I have been consulting with the @WaylandersRPG folks for some time, and I’m delighted to see they have gone live on Kickstarter. I feel the game is super promising, and I’m fascinated by the history and myth that inspires the team.https://t.co/p8a8TBEeFI
— Mike Laidlaw (@Mike_Laidlaw) October 16, 2018
Curiously, Laidlaw and the studio head banter a bit about a mysterious other big name on the game’s writing staff, but suggest it’d be better served as a surprise and that contract obligations keep them from naming who it is.
We spoke to Mike earlier this year on the subject of leaving BioWare and the Dragon Age series, which you can check out below.