Update, January 25, 2018: BioWare’s general manager has offered a teaser about the development of the new Dragon Age game.
Casey Hudson, general manager at Bioware, has tweeted to reveal some new information about the new Dragon Age game. The game’s official existence was announced yesterday by executive producer Mark Darrah.
Hudson tweeted to say that the studio has already had “lots of feedback” regarding the project, but that “I think you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on,” saying that the game will be “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.
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
Those are scant details, but Hudson himself acknowledges it’s “too early” to say any more. Kotaku recently reported that, post Anthem, Bioware would be incorporating more ‘live’ elements into the game, but Hudson says that for Dragon Age, this “just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story.”
Original story, January 24, 2018:A new Dragon Age game is officially in development. The game’s existence was confirmed by BioWare employee Mark Darrah earlier today.
Darrah, who is the executive producer of the entire Dragon Age franchise, tweeted this afternoon confirming that a new Dragon Age game is in development. Darrah, who is also executive producer on upcoming BioWare game Anthem, says he’s currently in in Barcelona showing a build for the sci-fi adventure to EA.
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
He confirmed that Anthem would be the studio’s next game but that “there are people hard at work on both franchises and I look forward to sharing more in the future.”
The announcement isn’t exactly official, but is the first concrete announcement that a new Dragon Age game is definitely in development. The most recent rumours stemmed from Sunless Seas developer Alexis Kennedy’s writing stint on a game related to the franchise.
It’s worth noting that the new game will most likely not be called Dragon Age 4 – it might be the fourth game in the franchise, but as Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromeda show, a strictly numerical system doesn’t tend to be BioWare’s style. Given the timing of Darrah’s tweet, it’s possible that we could get our first look at the game at this summer’s E3.