Best known as the creative director of the Dragon Age franchise, Laidlaw started his studio with three other designers who have worked on some of the biggest series of AAA video games over the last decade.
Laidlaw is Ubisoft veteran Thomas Giroux (Crew), Jeff Skalski, and Frederic St.-Laurent B. (both Assassin’s Creed Syndicate) In establishing Yellow Brick Games, the studio said in a news release, “an independent studio dedicated to creating high-quality, original new games.” Yellow Brick Games is based in Quebec City.
Giroux is the Chief Executive Officer of Yellow Brick. Skalski is Executive Producer and Chief Operating Officer. Laidlaw is Chief Creative Officer and St. Laurent B. is the Game Director. According to a news release, the studio already has 15 employees and is already “creating the first original game to take advantage of the features of the next-generation gaming platform.”
Laidlaw joins Ubisoft Quebec, the manufacturer of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, 2018. He left the studio in February. Prior to working at Ubisoft, Laidlaw spent 14 years at BioWare designing and creating the Dragon Age series with the Mass Effect series. Jade Empire, Too. Laidlaw left BioWare in October 2017.
“We learned a lot from working on a world-class multi-year project with thousands of colleagues. We want to take a different approach,” Skalski said. “Leveraging a small talented team where people come first, we create a wonderful world and experience that everyone else can enjoy.”