Designer David Gaider has announced that he’s joined the developer Beamdog, known for enhanced editions of old-school role-playing games like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale, as creative director.
David Gaider is perhaps best known for his work on the Dragon Age franchise while at video game developer BioWare, but he actually started off working on bits of Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn when first hired back in 1999. All that is to say that coming on at Beamdog as creative director is sort of a return to Gaider’s roots as one of the previously-mentioned enhanced editions is actually of the first game he worked on at BioWare.
— David Gaider (@davidgaider) February 9, 2016
“Originally we advertised for the position of senior writer,” a blog post from Beamdog announcing the hire reads, “but when David [Gaider] contacted Trent [Oster] about the position, we upgraded the role.” It also notes that Gaider will be leading the writing team while directing “new creative endeavors” at Beamdog.
It’s worth noting here that Beamdog previously announced an all-new entry in the Baldur’s Gate saga, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, which covers the events between the first and second game. So, it sounds like Gaider will be returning to original work shortly rather than simply offering pointers on new, enhanced editions of old games.