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Dragon Age 4 release date, setting, story, and development - everything we know

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Dragon Age 4 is real and in production at BioWare, we know that much. But what when is the Dragon Age 4 release date? Where will the story go next? And which of our favourite characters will return? While BioWare may be tight-lipped about the sequel to Inquisition, a few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that is their next fantasy RPG are already floating around the internet. Here’s everything we know about Dragon Age 4.

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Dragon Age 4 release date

Since BioWare have yet to officially announce the game we don’t have a Dragon Age 4 release date yet. However, we do know that the game is being worked on by staff at BioWare. Writing for the game was taking place in May 2017, and at the time development was considered to be in ‘early stages’. 

Dragon Age: Inquisition began development around early 2011, and released November 2014. If BioWare are planning on a three-year development period again, that would place Dragon Age 4 in a late 2019 release window.  

Dragon Age 4 development

Dragon Age 4

Thanks to Alexis Kennedy revealing that he has written content for the next Dragon Age game, we know that development started shortly before May 2017. We also know that all Dragon Age-related job listings have been removed from BioWare’s website, which could suggest that the final development team roster has been cemented.

On top of that, we know that the project won’t be headed up by Dragon Age series creative director Mike Laidlaw. That is because in October 2017 he left BioWare after 14 years with the company.  

A thank you tweet to Laidlaw from Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah reads, “I am so excited for you to see what the next Dragon Age will be,” confirming that development is certainly underway something Dragon Age-related. 

Yet another announcement further confirmed, albeit unofficially, that a fourth Dragon Age game is in production. Executive producer of the entire Dragon Age franchise, Mark Darrah, tweeted that people were "hard at work" on a new game.    

Word from sources within BioWare suggested that the game would be "live", leading to concerns from players about Dragon Age becoming a Destiny-like multiplayer game. BioWare's general manager Casey Hudson tweeted about these fears, emphasising that the live elements would be focused on continuing the story after the main narrative is over. 

Dragon Age 4 story

Dragon Age 4

While no concrete details of Dragon Age 4’s story have been revealed, we do know that Alexis Kennedy, founder of Failbetter Games, has been involved in the game’s writing. In May 2017 he revealed that we was working for BioWare on a chunk of story and lore. His plotline is said to be separate from the core story, but more substantial than background lore drops. In short: expect characters with dialogue and backstory. 

“If you've seen a lot of my work before you will probably not be surprised by the choice of subject matter. It's familiar stuff," Kennedy told Eurogamer, suggesting that there will likely be a strange, Lovecraftian feel to his section, or at least a focus on death or loss. Perhaps it will be set in the Fade, Dragon Age’s demonic dimension? 

Aside from that, any details about Dragon Age 4’s plot are purely guesswork. After the success of Inquisition, it is a sensible bet that the next game could be a direct sequel, as opposed to a largely standalone story set in the same universe as the series has been so far. The end of Inquisition saw trickster elf Solas - revealed to be the god of betrayal Fen’Harel - disappear, and the Trespasser DLC concluded with the Inquisitor vowing to track him down and stop his plan to destroy the world. It makes sense that a sequel would cast Solas as the key villain and deal with halting his plans to usher in a new age for the ancient elves. 

Wherever Dragon Age takes us next, we can be certain that the universe has more stories to tell. In August 2017, creative director at the time, Mike Laidlaw, explained in a tweet to a fan that the Dragon Age team had ideas for a “theoretical game five,” and that “[t]here is no planned ending for DA.” 

Laidlaw has also expressed that the game may not be the fourth game in the core series, suggesting the Dragon Age game currently in development could be a spin-off, exploring a different area - perhaps even a different time period - of Thedas. Maybe we won’t be tracking down Solas after all.  

That’s all we know of the next Dragon Age game so far. We’ll update each and every time we add a new, knowledge-imparting artefact to our collection. 

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Sir Adrian Avatar
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7 Months ago

My hope is that they drop the ridiculous art style of 2 and inqusition and return to the more historically grounded style of origins. The world being a twisted opposite of real europe was half the charm of the game.

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Jnx Avatar
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7 Months ago

I'd be really interested in exploring the Tevinter Imperium which so far has only been spoken of in the games. They could really get some character into it with all that aristocrat mage superiority and slavery and such. Fingers crossed.

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Stuna-Chan Avatar
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4 Months ago

I am against the idea that Solas will become the villain of the story and that we will be obliged to kill him or whatever.

Personally in the last dragon age, we, poor sensitive girl who are falling under the spell of the villainous and evil elf gods, frankly we must conquer it in the next and so finally have a happy ending and meet!

In any case, I agree for the change but on this one and only idea I am completely against and maybe those who "had" a romance with Solas, must be in my opinion?

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Nightmarexx009 Avatar
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6 Months ago

As long as we get to choose a race sort of like in orgins I'm fairly happy . If in tevinter startingredients as an elf nonage you could be a slave but an elf mage would get a different start . Same with other races

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lynn.sabin Avatar
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4 Months ago

Too bad. ATM not expect to live till 2019. Loved DA: Inquisition.

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pcgirl Avatar
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2 Months ago

My hope is that they take the romance aspects of the game more seriously. A suggestion, that maybe someone already has thought of, but here it is anyway.....a romance specific DLC with all the bells and whistles for those of us that want a full romance mod not just the generic one ussually found in game. Some people want more some want less, so if the game contains the basics, why not put a DLC together with a lot more romance options, etc. for those of us that want the more.....way more! I love the dragon age series because it incorporates not only a really good story line, but action and romance the way an RPG should.

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sethh7803 Avatar
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1 Month ago

i really liked the Nordic art style of 2 and those random designs on load screens

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Mikayla22 Avatar
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7 Months ago

My hope is that they will have the Inquisitor and Hawk team up to either find Solis OR find The Hero of Fereldin! I think being able to play the game from any of those three vantage points (or better yet, alternating between them throughout the game) would be completely cool!!!

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Remy090 Avatar
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7 Months ago

I think you need to replay inquisition... Hawke can die in it and the inquisitor loses an arm and says his/her fighting days are over. Equally we know that the hero of fereldan is looking for a way to end the calling for the wardens.

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SirGladiator Avatar
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7 Months ago

Actually, Hawke doesn't die, he or she can be left behind to face a seemingly unbeatable foe, but they are never actually shown being defeated by that foe. No doubt whoever is left behind will still show up, very much alive, in a future episode, because beating seemingly insurmountable odds is all in a day's work for any true hero :) .

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Nightmarexx009 Avatar
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6 Months ago

You can fight with one hand especially mages also yeah they doesn't show Alistair, hawke or logain dying so it could be included

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Remy090 Avatar
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7 Months ago

I think the whole Morrigan plot line is something they need to explore. Like in everyone's playthrough Flemeth being "killed" by solas could be explored and then also how flemeth may be able to control the inquisitor or morrigan depending on who drank from the well. Then equally in some peoples playthroughs we have the whole Morrigan has a child with the soul of an old god.

I hope Dragon Age 4 is the warden again from origins (if he lived in your playthrough) and if he didn't live then a new Warden. I think this because Morrigan has to play a part in the game and I can't see her being in the game without the warden, especially if you romanced her.

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4 Months ago

Would never happen. They've said they could never do the Hero of Ferelden justice.

Plus, I just don't think they'll ever go back to DA:O's style of RPG which would be necessary for it; stat points dictating what gear you can wear, etc. My Arcane Warrior/Blood Mage Warden in the Plate of the Sentinel would not even be possible in 2 or DA:I due to how they made gear class-restricted. A failing of those two games, in my opinion.

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MemeLordUltimate Avatar
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7 Months ago

Not sure where but I heard that it's been said that the Warden will only be spoken of in te next DA. No appearence once again. Hope tehey change their minds...

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