Jonathan Warner has departed from BioWare after a decade with the studio. Warner, the chief of staff and director of Anthem, is the latest high-level developer to leave the studio. He shared the news via Twitter on Friday, March 26, and indicated that he was leaving in good spirits “to do new things”.
So, today is my last day at BioWare, I’m moving on to do new things.
BioWare has been home to my grateful heart for nearly 10 years and I want to wish them all the best. DA ME and SWTOR are in good hands and I can’t wait to play from this side of the screen. #ThankYou #BioWare pic.twitter.com/g5zp7hkSV5
— Jonathan Warner (@Zen_Warner) March 26, 2021
Warner first came to BioWare in 2012 to work on the Mass Effect Series, though he was later promoted to game director for Anthem in 2015. In 2019, Warner became the studio’s chief of staff.
Anthem never achieved the lofty goals set by BW and struggled throughout its lifetime. Just a few weeks ago, the company announced that all further development on Anthem would be stopping. This included the overhauled version of the game called Anthem Next that had been in production since last summer. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is touted as the official reason for the game’s closure, it is more likely that BW decided to cut its losses and move on to more lucrative titles like Dragon Age 4 and the next Mass Effect Game.
Warner’s departure comes on the heels of other long-standing BW developers who have left over the last couple of years. These include Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah, both of whom have left in the last several months.
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