Alexis Kennedy, a writer at BioWare, took some time to speak to Eurogamer, about his role within the studio and working with both Mike Laid and Patrick Weeks, head writer on Dragon Age.
Kennedy is known for Sunless Sea and Fallen Legend, was brought onto a “mysterious BioWare project,” which given the talent he was working with was all but confirmed a Dragon Age title.
When asked how he liked work with BioWare on Dragon Age:
“It’s an unusual arrangement,” Kennedy admits, chatting via video call from his London home. As a (very) remote worker, Skype is something of a necessity for him – although with different divisions dotted across North America, it’s not unusual for BioWare to communicate with its staff from afar. “It’s a multi-studio company spread across Edmonton, Montreal [which developed Mass Effect Andromeda] and Austin [home to Star Wars: The Old Republic],” he continues, “though yes – it doesn’t have guest writers, as a rule.”
He continues on:
“There are huge differences between all of that and what I’m working on at BioWare,” he says, pausing – “which I can now legitimately say is in the Dragon Age franchise although it has been known for a while. Notionally it was a secret but, because of who I was working with, everyone who cared knew. And then the day I started, Mark Darrah [executive producer of the Dragon Age franchise] tweeted saying ‘welcome to the Dragon Age franchise’, so I thought, well, I guess that’s official now then.”
Kennedy is lucky to work from England, working remotely on such a big project is surely difficult, be it he works local hours and must coincide with the ongoings of the Edmonton-based studio.
We’ll report more about the next game in the Dragon Age series once it is revealed.