Matt Goldman —senior creative director on the Dragon Age series including Dragon Age 4— has apparently left developer Bioware.
The news was broken by Kotaku, obtaining what they claim is an internal studio email sent to staff yesterday. “I’m writing to inform you all that Matt Goldman is leaving BioWare. We have mutually agreed to part ways, and his last day is today,” it reads. “We understand that Matt’s departure has an impact on you, as well as the game’s development. Rest assured our commitment to a high-quality Dragon Age game has not waivered, and we will not ship a game that is not up to BioWare’s standards.”
“We, including EA’s executive team, have absolute confidence in the leadership here at the studio and the people working on this game to carry forward our vision.”
A representative for EA confirmed the news in a statement to Kotaku a few hours later. “Matt Goldman is no longer working at BioWare. He leaves the next Dragon Age game in excellent hands, with the team here at the studio who will carry forward our vision for the game.”
Goldman started at Bioware back in 1998, and has worked on every game in the Dragon Age series. He was a Senior Artist on the first game in 2009, and became Art Director by expansion Dragon Age: Awakening. He apparently took on the role of Senior Creative Director on the upcoming fourth game after an original concept was canned back in 2017.
Goldman becomes the fourth long-tenured departure from Bioware in the last year. Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah departed alongside Casey Hudson in December of last year. Anthem director Jonathan Warner followed them out of the door back in March.