In an internal email from studio GM Gary McKay (obtained by Kotaku), Matt Goldman’s departure was made over a mutual agreement, but would not impact the studio’s commitment to their standards. You can find the full message below.
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.”
Goldman had joined BioWare in 1998, working as an artist for titles such as Baldur’s Gate and the first entries in the Dragon Age series. After working at Ensemble on Halo Wars, he became the Senior Creative Director for Dragon Age 4; after early work on it had been rebooted.
As previously reported, the story is focused around what happens when the player is powerless, while those with powers ignore issues befalling the people. The announcement also revealed several of the voice cast and their characters; including Gareth David-Lloyd (Solas), Jee Young Han (Bellara), and Ike Amadi (Davrin).
A designer also recently revealed that Dragon Age 4 would launch for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.
We will keep you informed as we learn more.