Dragon Age 4, the next fantasy RPG from Bioware, has a lot to prove. After Mass Effect: Andromeda put that beloved franchise on ice, and Anthem crash-landed into the games-as-a-service genre with a whimper, the studio needs a win.
Here's everything we know about the game, what to expect, and when you'll be able to play it.
'The Next Dragon Age' Behind The Scenes At Bioware Trailer - August 27th
A new behind the scenes at Bioware was released at Gamescon 2020.
The video shed some light on the upcoming Dragon Age title and the development process.
Check it out below:
Dragon Age 4 In Development At Home - 23/7/20
Mark Darrah, executive producer at Bioware, has tweeted an update on the game's development.
I realize that most of you are here for Dragon Age news and there hasn't been a lot of that lately...— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) July 22, 2020
Let me just run down some things I an say:
1. We are working on the next Dragon Age
2. Yes we are working from home
3. Working from home is harder
4. We are making progress
What is Dragon Age 4?
It seems crazy to think that the Dragon Age franchise began all the way back in 2009 with Origins.
As popular as the game was, its sequel proved Divisive, while the third game in the franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was launched in 2014 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Offering a single-player, narrative-focused experience with an emphasis on player choice and repercussions, in many ways it feels like a high fantasy version of Mass Effect.
Expect spells, distinctive party members, and, of course, dragons.
According to an EA earnings call, the franchise's publisher, Dragon Age 4 will "probably" launch after fiscal year 2022 – so don't expect it before April of that year.
Dragon Age 4 is certainly in development and was almost confirmed by Alexis Kennedy (ones of the writers of the game) in an interview.
Mike Laidlow (former Creative Director of Dragon Age) said that "There is no planned ending for DA. There is an evolving plan that tends to look 2 games ahead or so."
Meaning that the plan for the series is here for the long haul and Dragon Age 4 will incorporate plans to tea up for a fifth and potentially sixth game.
Despite Mike Laidlow leaving, his ideas may still linger a few games on.
With the game landing in two years time, expect it on next-gen systems and PC only. We'd be very surprised to see it land on PS4 and Xbox One, and the chances of it coming to Switch feel slim to none.
The game will likely cost £49.99.
We don't have a gameplay reveal yet, but we do have an official teaser trailer from the Game Awards 2018.
There's also this new tease from EA Play 2020:
We don't have anything concrete surrounding Dragon Age 4's narrative so far.
However, Bioware's behind the scenes video revealed at Gamescom 2020 did give us some hints.
The narrative will focus on the characters and people that surround you in-game.
On top of that, players can expect to develop relationships with key characters in the lore.
It looks like choices and decision making will be a key part of Dragon Age 4.
Players choices will have consequences that will affect the story and their companions.
According to a Kotaku report, Dragon Age 4 is likely to add some "live service" elements to the franchise.
"The idea was that Anthem would be the online game and that Dragon Age and Mass Effect, while they may experiment with online portions, that’s not what defines them as franchises," one developer told Jason Schreier. "I don’t think you’ll see us completely change those franchises."
That's good news, both for fans of the franchise, and for anyone that played Anthem all the way up until February of this year when the Christmas decorations were still up.
Courtesy of EA