Matt Goldman, Senior Creative Director of the Dragon Age series, has left BioWare.
First reported by Kotaku, Goldman's departure from the company was announced earlier in an email sent to BioWare staff by GM Gary McKay. The email read, "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."
"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."
Goldman has been a BioWare veteran, having joined the company back in 1998. He took over as Senior Creative Director of Dragon Age 4 after a reboot to the game's direction. Fans will no doubt be looking at this departure with questions surrounding the eventual release of Dragon Age 4. While the email acknowledges the impact that the departure will have on the development, it seems that both EA and BioWare are keen to ensure the next installment receives continued care.
Dragon Age 4 was first announced in 2018, with little information other than a reveal teaser being seen since. Along the way, a number of BioWare's employees have departed the company. Goldman's recent departure follows that of Dragon Age Executive Producer Mark Darrah and BioWare General Manager Casey Hudson.
It's speculated that Dragon Age 4 is headed for a 2023 release, though no confirmation has been given by BioWare as of yet. The game is set to be exclusive to PC and current-gen consoles.