Matt Goldman, senior artistic director of the subsequent Dragon Age recreation, has left developer BioWare.
The departure was introduced to employees through electronic mail despatched yesterday, Kotaku reported. EA has subsequently confirmed Goldman’s departure.
Goldman had labored at BioWare since 1998, both facet of a three-year stint at Microsoft’s Halo Wars studio Ensemble. No purpose was given for his departure right now.
“Hello everybody, I hope you might be nicely,” BioWare studio boss Gary McKay wrote to workers. “I am writing to tell you all that Matt Goldman is leaving BioWare. We’ve mutually agreed to half methods, and his final day is right now.
“We perceive that Matt’s departure has an influence on you, in addition to the sport’s growth. Relaxation assured our dedication to a high-quality Dragon Age recreation has not waivered, and we won’t ship a recreation that isn’t as much as BioWare’s requirements.
“We, together with EA’s govt group, have absolute confidence within the management right here on the studio and the individuals engaged on this recreation to hold ahead our imaginative and prescient.”
Goldman’s early profession at BioWare noticed him work as artwork director on Dragon Age and Jade Empire, earlier than aiding with Dragon Age Inquisition and Mass Impact Andromeda.
He then stepped up as artistic lead on the subsequent, nonetheless untitled Dragon Age recreation in 2017 following the departure of fellow BioWare veteran Mike Laidlaw. His alternative has not but been named.
Behind the scenes, Dragon Age growth continues for an unspecified launch date – although the challenge continues to be at the least a 12 months away.
“Matt Goldman is now not working at BioWare,” an EA spokesperson confirmed. “He leaves the subsequent Dragon Age recreation in wonderful fingers, with the group right here on the studio who will carry ahead our imaginative and prescient for the sport.”
The following Dragon Age has had a prolonged growth, with three variations of the sport in growth at varied factors, and several other high-profile departures. Management of the challenge at the moment rests within the fingers of Blizzard and Anthem veteran Christian Dailey, who acts as govt producer.
BioWare boss Casey Hudson and Dragon Age veteran Mike Darrah each left the corporate nearly precisely 12 months in the past to “make manner for the subsequent era of studio leaders”.