Dragon Age Senior Creative Director Suddenly Departs BioWare

The last update we got on the next Dragon Age was at last year's Game Awards.

It’s been about a year since we last heard anything about the upcoming fourth Dragon Age game, but the project has lost another top developer, as Senior Creative Director Matt Goldman has departed BioWare.

News of this came from a report from Kotaku, which said the Dragon Age team was told about Goldman’s leaving through a company-wide email that said he and the company had “mutually agreed to part ways” and he would be leaving the same day.

The email read as follows:

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well. 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.

An Electronic Arts rep followed up on the story with Kotaku, saying “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.”

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As of this writing, Goldman has yet to be replaced. He began his time at BioWare in 1998, leaving briefly to work on Halo Wars at Ensemble. When he returned, he worked primarily on the Dragon Age series and took over as senior creative director of the next Dragon Age in 2017.

The last time we heard anything about Dragon Age was at last year’s Game Awards, which only had a cinematic trailer, though the game has reportedly been shifted around to remove live service elements in favor of a more single-player-focused experience. Prior to that, BioWare released a behind-the-scenes video, but still hasn’t gone into much detail about the what, why, and how of it all. The game will be set in Tevinter and focus on party member turned villain Solas. But that’s about it.