It’s been almost four years since Dragon Age: Inquisition, the latest entry in the beloved Dragon Age franchise, was released. It received praise from both fans and critics alike, and is considered to be one of the best Western RPGs to come out in recent years.
Now fans like myself are hungry for more and developer Bioware has not yet given any official statement as to when a sequel will be announced. It definitely exists, we know that much, and is being worked on alongside the developer’s other upcoming game, Anthem.
This was actually confirmed earlier this year by Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of the Dragon Age series, on his official Twitter account where he stated that the developer was working hard on both franchises.
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
Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reported on a rumor that the next Dragon Age game had been rebooted to incorporate more “Live” elements into the game.
More information was then also released by Casey Hudson, General Manager of Bioware, who stated that although it was too early at the moment to talk about the game in detail, it was going to be more Story and Character focused. He also clarified what “Live” actually meant within the context of the game.
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
Then during GDC 2018, Mike Laidlaw, former creative director at Bioware who actually left the company back in 2017, said that the development team on the Dragon Age game had been reduced to a skeleton crew. This mostly because the majority of the talent had probably been shifted over to work on Anthem, which seems to be the developers primary concern right now.
All of this information is fairly recent however, and we can even jump as far back as 2016 when Eurogamer reported that Alexis Kennedy, co-founder of publisher Failbetter Games who had previously also worked on the free-to-play spin-off browser game Dragon Age: The Last Court, had signed up to work on an unannounced project with Bioware.
And then in November of 2016 when Mark Darrah tweeted out a bunch of cryptic images that showcased real-life recreations of items, murals and symbols found in the Dragon Age universe. These tweets were accompanied by absolutely no text and fans could only speculate as to what Mark Darrah was trying to tease. They can be seen below:
All of this information makes it clear that Dragon Age 4, or whatever the official title of the game will eventually be, has been in development for quite some time now. Work on it probably began as soon as the team was done with the story DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition.
As to how much weight the rumors surrounding the reboot of the title hold, we’ll just have to wait and see. Don’t go in expecting an announcement at E3 2018, because we’ll be lucky to get an official confirmation on the state of the game before the end of this year. In fact, don’t expect an announcement until Anthem has released on 2019.
For now, all we can do is hope that development on the game is progressing steadily and that we can return to Thedas soon.