Phil Robb, Art Director at developer Turtle Rock, said that Goliath is Evolve's most straightforward monster (which, obviously, gets me pretty excited to see what the others might be). As for this one, though, Robb explained that the team approached making him the baseline, and building his abilities around that. "He does the kind of stuff you expect a 25 foot tall monster to do," he explained. "Ultimately Goliath is a cross between King Kong and Godzilla. He's somewhat reptilian, likes a good brawl, and breathes fire like Godzilla."
His abilities all tie into this King Kong meets Godzilla concept, too. "He also has awesome mobility, being able to leap long distances and scale cliffs and buildings like Kong. He also shares Kong's love of throwing big ass rocks at you and then smashing you with big meaty fists." If that happened in the Peter Jackson King Kong movie I don't remember it, but there's a good chance I slept through that 3-hour stretch of the movie.