The senior writer on Dragon Age II has decided to leave developer BioWare after ‘graphic threats’ were made to kill her children.
Jennifer Helper was working on sequel Dragon Age: Inquisition but is quitting BioWare this week to go freelance, in large part thanks to threats she and others of the team received in the wake of Dragon Age II’s release.
The game was unpopular with many hardcore fans and although Hepler was able to ignore most of the threats and abuse on the BioWare forums and Twitter she also received emailed death threats and threats against her children, as well as abusive phone calls.
Hepler's clarification as to why she's quitting:
“[L]eaving Bioware was for family reasons. I am going to be working on a text book on narrative design among other game-related freelance projects.”