.Irving announced his departure from BioWare today on Twitter and said that he has accepted a new opportunity at a different video game company. His final message as part of the BioWare team included a shoutout to Anthem, the studio’s most recent release.
“I believe Anthem has a bright future – there is a great team working on it and I look forward to following its progress (and playing it!) from the sidelines,” Irving wrote.
(1/3) After 8 amazing years at BioWare I have made the decision to move on and have accepted an exciting opportunity at another gaming company. Since the first time I played Baldurs Gate many many years ago, BioWare was the dream place I always wanted to work.
— Ben Irving (@BenIrvo) August 15, 2019
Irving worked at BioWare Austin, the Texas branch of the Canadian video game company. BioWare Austin branch was responsible for BioWare’s MMORPG games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, and later the live-service portions of Anthem.
Irving referenced some of the difficulties Anthem has had post-launch in his farewell message: “I have really enjoyed interacting with the Anthem community – Streams, Twitter and Reddit. Through the good times and the tough times.”
It’s unclear what this means for Anthem’s ongoing development, other than that as a live-service game, Anthem will likely continue releasing new content at later dates. BioWare is also currently working on Dragon Age 4.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.