I'm a long-time fan of Obsidian and Mr. Avellone and was disheartened to hear about his departure after PoE was finished. I was already getting myself hyped about seeing his work in The White March expansions and PoE2 but, alas, it didn't quite become so. I have tried to google some interviews in the hopes that he might shed some light on the subject, and even buggered him personally about it on Twitter, but to no avail. So my question is to you: What were the specific reasons he decided to leave? I'm obviously not wanting to poke on any personal issues here that either party wants to keep private, but what is the "official" and public-safe reason, so to speak? Did he just want to go freelance-style or was there somethihng that he disliked about working at Obsidian that would be moderately humane to disclose to the public (me)?
P.S. If it wasn't due to bad blood, would it be realistic to entertain thoughts about future projects between MCA and Obsidian? You know, like from a freelance point of view, collaboration-style. Maybe having him as a stretch-goal if he is willing to particiapate or something alike?