Eric Goodwin was a real-life geneticist who was persuaded that working for a games company would be more fun than working pipettes at the Sanger Institute; his previous work included gengineering colour changes in flowers. He joined Creature Labs during the development of Creatures 2 and ended up taking over the work of Sandra Linkletter, and also contributing to the Creatures 3 genome with Helen Burchmore. He later relocated to the Cyberlife Institute.
A fellow employee said that:
- Eric took a lot of flack from Sandra, and was publicly blamed for the failure of the original Creatures 2 genome when in fact he was the one who brought it up to a standard in which it could be released (even if raising the creatures proved more of a challenge than expected!).
Eric was last seen in his native New Zealand running a mountain bike trekking company.