BioWare is working on Dragon Age 4. The studio announced the sequel during the 2018 Game Awards with a cryptic trailer that reveals the return of Dragon Age: Inquisition character Solas.
No release window was given during the announcement. The game is still apparently “at least three years away,” according to a report from Venture Beat. The report claims the game is still in very early development and doesn’t even have an official name yet.
This is hardly the first time that we’ve heard rumblings of a new Dragon Age game from BioWare. Hudson himself had previously stated that he is aware of the interest in a new Dragon Age game and that BioWare was working on secret projects possibly related to the franchise.
“We hear loud and clear the interest in BioWare doing more Dragon Age and Mass Effect,” said BioWare GM Casey Hudson as part of the company’s mid-summer update. “…rest assured that we have some teams hidden away working on some secret stuff that I think you’ll really like – we’re just not ready to talk about any of it for a little while.”
In so many words, that statement seems to address the growing speculation that Anthem is not a “BioWare game” and rather a directive from EA (whom we assume are twirling their brandy in front of a fireplace and bearskin rug as we speak). Despite comments from current and former BioWare employees who insist that Anthem is very much a game the studio is interested in making right now, there is no shortage of BioWare fans who would rather see a more traditional RPG from the studio.
So far as that goes, we’re not entirely sure what to expect from this next Dragon Age game. BioWare has previously noted that fans shouldn’t expect all of their future games to be like Anthem. That, combined with comments from people close to the Dragon Age series, suggest that the next Dragon Age game will be a “proper” Dragon Age game (that we’ll currently refer to as Dragon Age 4). However, the fact that some people closely associated with the Dragon Age franchise (and classic BioWare games in general) have left the company in recent years casts some doubt as to what form this next Dragon Age game will take.
Here’s everything else we know about Dragon Age 4:
Dragon Age 4 News
It seems that the setting of Dragon Age 4 has been confirmed by a book of short stories set in the Dragon Age universe called Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights.
The title of the book (as well as some fan theories that existed following the end of Dragon Age: Inquisition) would seem to suggest that the next Dragon Age will take place in the mage-ruled land of Tevinter. There’s a precedent for these books revealing details about the Dragon Age games, and while there’s no description for the book available at this time, the circumstantial evidence surrounding Dragon Age 4 all but assures it will take place in or heavily involve Tevinter.
Dragon Age 4 Release Date
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has stated that Dragon Age 4 will likely not be released until after “fiscal ’22’.” This likely means that you shouldn’t expect to see the game before sometime during the spring or summer of 2022. This also means that it will likely debut on next-gen consoles.
Dragon Age 4 Trailer
Here’s the debut trailer for Dragon Age 4:
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