BioWare is going back to the Dragon Age franchise with the as yet untitled Dragon Age 4. After being hinted at last May, the news is now official. The last installment in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was a major hit with fans and critics alike. After the final DLC was released for Inquisition, BioWare turned its attention to Mass: Effect: Andromeda, followed by Anthem, which is currently in development.
BioWare, the same video game developer that gave us Stars Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, created another RPG classic with 2009’s Dragon Age: Origins, set in a fantasy world with humans, dwarves, elves, undead, and demons known as Darkspawn. The game was followed up by another massive hit, Dragon Age II, in 2011. Inquisition was launched in November of 2014, and was so well-received that it was labeled Game of the Year by Associated Press, IGN, The Game Awards, and several others. While the Mass Effect trilogy followed the journey of Commander Shepard, each Dragon Age title introduced players to a new hero, but kept each game connected by the various decisions made by the protagonist.
BioWare executive producer Mark Darrah revealed on Twitter that he is overseeing both Anthem and the next Dragon Age title. Earlier this morning, General Manager Casey Hudson tweeted that fans will be “relieved by what the team is working on.” Hudson adds that the game is “story and character focused.”
According to Darrah, Anthem is BioWare’s next project. Since the open-world space exploration game was met with much praise for its reveal trailer, fans believes the game can help put BioWare back on track after Mass Effect: Andromeda proved to be a disappointment. It’s been reported that Anthem is being pushed from a late 2018 release to early 2019, which makes it that much longer before fans can get their hands on the next Dragon Age.
The Dragon Age franchise has evolved considerably with each release. Origins was crafted a spiritual successor to BioWare’s Neverwinter Nights series. Origins had many of the same gameplay elements found both in Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate. The franchise began to move away from its old-school RPG roots with Dragon Age II, a move which alienated some of its fans. Inquisition gave fans the first open-world Dragon Age game while also bringing back certain RPG elements. With Dragon Age 4 confirmed to be in development, fans will have to wait and see what direction BioWare will take the franchise next.
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