BioWare has lost one of its key developers, as Matt Goldman decided to leave the studio. He has been working as the senior creative director of the Dragon Age series for the last few years and was directly involved in the development of Dragon Age 4.
BioWare general manager Gary McKay shared the news in an email to staff on November 23, Kotaku reported. He noted that Goldman’s departure was a mutual decision.
“We understand that Matt’s departure has an impact on you, as well as the game’s development,” McKay wrote. “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.”
Matt Goldman joined BioWare in 1998, working as artist and art director on games like MDK2, Baldur’s Gate 2, and Jade Empire. He left the studio seven years later and came back in 2009. Goldman’s main focus was the Dragon Age series, as he was art director of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, as well as principal visual director of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
In 2017, he became the senior creative director of the whole franchise, taking the lead of Dragon Age 4 after the game’s development was rebooted.