Dragon Age 4 senior creative director Matt Goldman has left BioWare

Current BioWare boss Gary McKay said in a studio email that Goldman left on 'mutually agreed' terms.


It would seem any and all prospects of Dragon Age 4 have run into quite the roadblock recently. A recent BioWare email stated that Dragon Age 4 senior creative director Matt Goldman has officially left the studio, and while BioWare remains committed to a high-quality new Dragon Age game, it has been admitted that this will affect work and development on the game.

The BioWare email sharing Goldman’s exit was sent out recently and obtained by Kotaku. Written by Gary McKay, the email suggested that Goldman will be exiting the studio immediately, but upon “mutually agreed” terms with the company.

“We understand that Matt's departure has an impact on you,” McKay wrote, “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 spokesperson for Electronic Arts would also share a statement, claiming that Goldman “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 had been a veteran developer with BioWare. He entered the company in 1998 and aided as an artist on Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and the first Dragon Age games. He took up original Dragon Age director Mike Laidlaw’s position after Laidlaw left the company and headed over to Ubisoft Quebec. Even so, we know very little about Dragon Age 4 and it could have been assumed that the game was quite a ways off, with only trickles of trailers such as that at The Game Awards 2020 reminding us the project is in motion.

With Goldman leaving BioWare, both the studio and EA have assured players that Dragon Age 4 is still moving forward. That said, this also means that it will take even longer to see something substantial about the game. Stay tuned as we watch for further updates and details.

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    November 24, 2021 8:22 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Dragon Age 4 senior creative director Matt Goldman has left BioWare

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      November 24, 2021 8:26 AM

      Guess people are starting the abandon ship.

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      November 24, 2021 9:04 AM

      Saw Elden Ring. Panicked.

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      November 24, 2021 3:53 PM

      Guess he saw mojo’s post about the job market

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      November 24, 2021 4:56 PM

      Why they chose Dragon Age as their hill to die on is absolutely baffling. Nobody gives a shit about Dragon Age. Nobody.

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        November 24, 2021 5:35 PM

        They died on anthem. Dragon age is the stuttering zombie corpse shambling around

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          November 24, 2021 9:10 PM

          Anthem should've been good. I enjoyed some time with it, but it just...wasn't.

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            November 24, 2021 9:49 PM

            Anthem's development seemed so rudderless. From my armchair, I figure the best way to do game dev is to start with a really detailed design doc, then try to fulfill that vision enjoyably as possible. That game and Andromeda to an extent feel so wholistically haphazard.

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        November 24, 2021 9:37 PM

        Dragon Age 1 was good!

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        November 24, 2021 9:45 PM

        They'd have to really knock is out of the park, market's fatigued of straight-up high fantasy I think. The first game really was of its own time in that sense, it's going to be difficult to make that setting newly compelling.

        As is well true with departures at Bioware in recent years, you quit your job when you're working on a product you don't find interesting.

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        November 24, 2021 9:46 PM

        Game died after dragon age.

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