David Gaider Joins Beamdog as Creative Director

Gaming article by Robert Grosso on Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 13:50
Topic(s): News

Former BioWare writer David Gaider is officially working at Beamdog.

Gaider, who left BioWare less than a month ago, has been confirmed to join Beamdog Games as their new creative director. Gaider originally contacted Beamdog for a senior writing position, but had his position upgraded upon speaking to Beamdog President Trent Oster. Oster is also a former BioWare employee, working as the game director on the Neverwinter Nights series. 

Beamdog is known for the enhanced remakes of the original Baldur's Gate series. Both the original Baldur's Gate, and Baldur's Gate II have been released as enhanced editions, and are currently available for purchase on GOG, Steam and Beamdogs own website. The enhanced editions have been met with mostly positive reviews by critics but were crippled with numerous bug issues before patching. 

Beamdog is currently working on a new Baldur's Gate game, titled Siege of Dragonspear. Siege of Dragonspear will recount the events occurring between Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II, and will feature a 25-hour expansion to the enhanced edition games. New features include returning and enhanced edition companions, over 100 new items, and the Shaman class, along with a new storyline to follow.

It is unclear if Gaider will be working on Siege of Dragonspear, or another project for Beamdog at this time.

Gaider began his career in games writing with BioWare in 1999, working on Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn. His best known work includes his character writing, creating party members as Carth Onasi and HK-47 from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Deekin, the Kobold Bard in Neverwinter Nights. Gaider also became the lead writer on Neverwinter Nights, and would later become the lead writer on the Dragon Age franchise before leaving in early 2016.

So what do you think of this news? Is Gaider a good fit for Beamdog? Leave your comments below! 

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A game playing, college teaching scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Enjoys penning long-form articles that few probably read. Love the art of gaming, preservation, collecting and RPGs. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over ten years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.