Dragon Age 4 remains one of the biggest question marks when you look at major upcoming games currently under development, and its development seems to have hit another obstacle. As revealed in a report by Kotaku, the franchise’s senior creative director Matt Goldman – who occupied the same role for his next record – has left BioWare. Goldman had been leading development on the game since its 2017 reboot.
In an email sent by BioWare to its staff, the developer revealed that Goldman had left the studio, with both parties “jointly agreeing to part ways”, though there is no mention of what caused the departure this. Goldman first joined BioWare in 1998. In his first studio career, which lasted more than seven years, he worked on it Baldur’s Gate a Jade Empire. He rejoined in 2009, after which he worked on every game in the The Dragon Age series, and was also part of a development Mass Effect: Andromeda.
In the email above, BioWare GM Gary McKay admitted that Goldman’s departure could have an impact on the development of the game, but insisted that he remained committed to providing a quality experience. The email reads: “We understand that Matt’s departure has an impact on you, as well as the development of the game. Secure our commitment to high quality The Dragon Age the game has not skipped, and we will not ship a game that does not meet BioWare standards.
“We, including EA’s executive team, have complete confidence in the leadership here in the studio and the people working on this game to take our vision forward.”
Meanwhile, an EA representative confirmed Goldman’s departure in a statement provided to Kotaku, saying: “Matt Goldman is no longer working at BioWare. He leaves the next The Dragon Age game in excellent hands, with the team here in the studio who will take forward our vision for the game. ”
Goldman is far from the only high profile development leader who has left the The Dragon Age team for the past few years. In 2019, lead producer Fernando Melo left BioWare, while in late 2020, the The Dragon Age Series executive producer Mark Darrah also left the studio.
Details on Dragon Age 4 it has hardly been, although it has now been three years since the game was officially confirmed to be in development. Earlier this year, Christian Dailey, head of BioWare Austin’s studio, said the game’s development was “making great progress”, and reports have since said that the game is on track for the 2023. launch. It was also reported that the RPG will not be cross-gen release, instead only for PC and new-gen consoles.