BioWare officially confirms that Dragon Age 4 is in development. The confirmation comes after a report claimed that development on the game had been rebooted so that the developer could add “live” elements.
The most recent game in the series is Dragon Age: Inquisition, a game that was praised for its inclusion of LGBTQ characters and same-sex relationships.
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Reading lots of feedback regarding Dragon Age, and I think you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused.
Too early to talk details, but when we talk about “live” it just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story.
— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) January 25, 2018
Earlier this week, Kotaku published a report citing sources who say that development on the next Dragon Age game has been rebooted in order to allow developer BioWare to put more “live” elements into the game. Although Dragon Age 4 is described as a story-focused game by those sources, the suggestion that it would have live elements worried fans who took this to mean that the game would include multiplayer features and microtransactions.
After the report was published, BioWare’s general manager Casey Hudson confirmed that Dragon Age 4 is in development, that the game would be “story & character focused,” and that fans would be “relieved to see what the team is working on.” Hudson also clarified that when the team talks about “live” services it is referring to “continued storytelling after the main story.” It’s unclear whether this means DLC expansions or something else.
Halfway through my trip to Barcelona!
I’m here showing Anthem internally to EA. I am EP of BOTH DA and Anthem working with @Bio_Warner as Game Director
Anthem’s up next but there are people hard at work on both franchises and I look forward to sharing more in the future
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) January 24, 2018
Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah also tweeted to confirm that he is the executive producer of both Dragon Age 4 and of BioWare’s upcoming sci-fi RPG Anthem (which is on our list of games with female protagonists to be excited for this year). Darrah also said that there “are people hard at work on both franchises” and he looks forward to “sharing more in the future.”
At this point, there are scant details on what Dragon Age 4 might offer. However, fans will be hoping for a story that is better put together than Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s (players complained the story felt incomplete without paying for DLC) and that its romances feel more inclusive than Mass Effect Andromeda‘s (Andromeda was embroiled in a gay romance controversy due to the poor quality of its same-sex romance storylines). Hopefully, BioWare won’t wait too long to share more details about the game.
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