David Gaider, the BioWare writer responsible for games like 2013’s Dragon Age: Inquisition and classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, has left BioWare after 17 years with the company.

During his time with BioWare, Gaider wrote for characters like HK-47 and designed characters for a variety of games before going onto lead some of the developer’s biggest titles and lead the charge on making the company’s game’s more inclusive. He wrote Dragon Age companion material – comics and novels – as well, doing more than any other single person to flesh out one of BioWare’s chief properties.

Gaider’s parting with BioWare was his choice, he confirmed via an email to Polygon, explaining that the parting is amicable and that it was a difficult decision.

“It’s simply time to move onto a new challenge,” he said. Announcements about his next step are forthcoming, Gaider said. With a stable of amazing games behind him at BioWare, I hope he’s staying in games and can’t wait to see what he’s up to next.