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Bioware senior editor Cameron Harris has announced she will be leaving the famed RPG developer, and indeed the entire video game industry, in mid-April. Her announcement comes during development of anticipated sci-fi epic Mass Effect: Andromeda.

On Twitter Harris said: "I've decided to exit the video game industry to return to Seattle for new opportunities there. I'll be leaving BioWare in mid-April. I had a great time at BioWare, working with so many talented, passionate folks. I'm grateful for everything you taught me over the years."

Harris began working at Bioware in 2012 (via LinkedIn), working a six-month stint on Star Wars: The Old Republic before leaving to work on Guild Wars 2 with ArenaNet LLC. She then returned to the Bioware in late 2013, working at its Montreal base on Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect Andromeda.

She's isn't the first notable departure from Bioware this year. In February Andromeda's writer Christopher Schlerf announced he was leaving the company and moving to Bungie to work on the future of Destiny.

None of this should reflect badly on the production of the fourth Mass Effect game, which last week was subject to a disappointing but not surprising delay until early 2017 . Mass Effect was announced at E3 last year, and will tell a separate story to that of the hugely successful original trilogy, which ran from 2007 to 2012.

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