“We appreciate Matt’s leaving has an impact on you as well as the game’s development,” McKay wrote. Rest assured that our dedication to delivering a high-quality Dragon Age game has not wavered, and we will not release a game that does not meet BioWare’s high standards.
“Hi everyone,” BioWare CEO Gary McKay said in an email to colleagues, announcing Goldman’s departure. I hope you’re doing well. Matt Goldman is leaving BioWare, and I’m writing to let you know. We’ve reached an agreement to split ways, and his final day is today.”
Goldman joined BioWare in 1998, working as an artist on games like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights as well as the Dragon Age series. He then took over from Mike Laidlaw as creative lead on Dragon Age 4 in 2017, where he has remained throughout its troubled development. Goldman’s replacement has not yet been announced.
There’s still an awful lot we don’t know about Dragon Age 4, aside from the odd teaser trailer or concept art. Executive producer Christian Dailey said the team was making “great progress” back in July, so hopefully that momentum doesn’t slow down too much with the loss of Goldman.