Dragon Age 4 is in development according to executives at BioWare.
It feels like a Dragon’s age since we’ve heard from BioWare on their wildly successful fantasy IP, to the point where some of us were wondering if they planned to become a sci-fi-only company. But according to a pair of tweets from the head honchos, Dragon Age 4 is in development and it’s going to be “story and character focused.”
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Dragon Age that wasn’t story and character focused. Since the original Origins released in 2009, Dragon Age as a franchise continued BioWare’s modus operandi of making games that immersed the player in a rich lore and vibrant world where every choice mattered.
Although the entire series has won multiple awards from various organizations and publications, BioWare has focused on it’s more science-fiction oriented IP in recent years with Mass Effect Andromeda and then Anthem taking up much of the developer’s manpower. Andromeda turned out to be a rare flop from BioWare, which prompted them to move staff to the far more ambitious new IP Anthem.
And while most of BioWare’s hype (and manpower) these days is squarely focused on the upcoming sci-fi multiplayer shooter, there are plenty of fans that wish for another Dragon Age of the same quality as Inquisition, a game that took home Game of the Year from over a dozen organizations.
For those longing Dragon Age fans, we have good news for you: BioWare is working on it.
"Anthem’s up next but there are people hard at work on both franchises and I look forward to sharing more in the future,” tweeted Executive Producer Mark Darrah on Wednesday.
Halfway through my trip to Barcelona!— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) January 24, 2018
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
A day later, BioWare general manager Casey Hudson confirmed the news, saying that it’s “too early to talk details,” but that “you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused.”
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.— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) January 25, 2018
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 also mentioned a concept called “live” which will produce “continued storytelling after the main story.” It may be far too early to read into this statement, but it could be the first words mentioned on some kind of dynamically generated story or quest that happens after the game’s primary plot.
There’s no word on when Dragon Age 4 will be out, but considering Anthem won’t be out until 2019, we’ll be lucky to see a new Dragon Age by late 2019 at the earliest.