Writer Confirms BioWare is Working on Dragon Age 4

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, May 23, 2017 11:13 AM
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After Mass Effect Andromeda dropped with all the panache that a lead balloon entails, BioWare retreating to the safety of another beloved IP seems like a sensible prospect. Up until now, BioWare has kept pretty schtum about what it has in the pipeline, yet an interview with writer Alexis Kennedy has confirmed an all-new Dragon Age 4 title is in the works.

Kennedy joined BioWare last September after working on acclaimed narrative adventure games Fallen London and Sunless Sea, joining current Dragon Age gurus Mike Laidlaw and Patrick Weekes for the new project.

“There are huge differences between all of that and what I’m working on at BioWare,” Kennedy said Eurogamer, “which I can now legitimately say is in the Dragon Age franchise.”

If you were after the juicy details concerning Dragon Age 4, Kennedy is giving precious little away. However, he did intimate he had been brought on to explore an aspect of Dragon Age lore which has never been explored before.

“What I can say is I have been given considerable autonomy to work on a storyline bit of lore which is well-segregated from other parts of the game.” He added, “It's nothing that grandiose, but it is distinct. It’s a bit of lore which has not been addressed much to date in Dragon Age.”

Dragon Age IV will not be BioWare’s next title, that tricky task will be for a mysterious online co-op action game codenamed Dylan. BioWare will be launching Dragon Age 4 after Project Dylan, and according to Kennedy, the backlash from Mass Effect Andromeda has created a tricky working environment. The pressure is well and truly on BioWare to deliver with its next titles.

Following Kennedy’s interview, EA issued the following statement: “It’s a pleasure having Alexis involved with BioWare; we have no new information to share regarding Dragon Age at this time.”

At this point, it seems a little too early to hear about Dragon Age 4 at E3 in three weeks’ time, although anything’s possible. Instead, it’s far more likely BioWare finally takes the wraps off Dylan, its alleged answer to Destiny.

With Dragon Age 4 now a certainty, what are your hopes for the sequel? Dragon Age: Inquisition ultimately proved extremely divisive, Jon loved it in his review but all were in agreeance, would you like to see BioWare pivot away from the MMO-esque world and question design for a sequel?

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08:51 May-25-2017

Dragon Age is dead to me, Origins was an instant classic, DA 2 was a waste until the expansions came out, and then Inquisition comes out and it effectively killed the franchise for me. Lame crafting, lame combat, laughable strategy element, even worse AI than there was in 2, no tactics menu, the only thing that was awesome was the map design.


After KotOR and Mass Effect 2, and DA:O Bioware has been basically worthless.

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06:18 Jul-21-2017

DA 3 was terrible beyond measure in fact it was unplayable without the old mechanics from the previous games
-menu was console friendly making it drag on pc
-combat dash removed
that just basic stuff that annoys

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06:53 Jul-21-2017

I completely agree with you both, Origins was an epic CRPG but it seems Bio-ware dumbed it down with each game to appeal more to the casual community by making it more "action orientated".


In DAI the "tactical" camera was terrible and couldn't even pan properly, even the friendly AI were broken and couldn't follow commands issued!


What a complete waste.

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09:53 May-24-2017

Super!

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08:40 May-24-2017

Dont care.. bioware is dead.

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16:33 May-23-2017

I loved inquisition, but preferred the style of the first two games. Can't wait to see what they come up with for IV.

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15:59 May-23-2017

Inquisition wasn't that much better than Andromeda tbh. DA:I felt like such an MMO to me. Fetch quest galore. Point and click attacks that had no real strategy to them. Going from area to area doing the same menial tasks. It just felt like each area had no real substance outside the main story. And the story was decent, but nothing as in-depth as Origins. Bioware is not the same company anymore that gave us KOTOR, Jade Empire, and ME1&2.

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17:48 May-23-2017

Have you played the Trespasser DLC? That was the best DLC DA:I ever got. The tension is goddamn real.

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19:24 May-23-2017

No. I only played the main game. After I finished it, I was just done with DA:I.

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04:38 May-24-2017

I highly suggest you try it. It teases potential settings and plot for the next Dragon Age game.

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15:34 May-23-2017

Hopefully its better than Inquisition. IMO Inquisition wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that good.

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17:36 May-23-2017

i loved inquisition! one of my favourite RPGs actually

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15:06 May-23-2017

OHHH YEESSS!!!

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12:47 May-23-2017

i hope we get some good characters and nice looking females instead of monsters from inquisition...

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12:01 May-23-2017

I hope it's the last of the Dragon Age games, and I hope it will be as good as Origins was. 2 was an okay game but a bad Dragon Age game and Inquisition had huge empty (and beautiful) but boring maps, the mounts were useless, and the side quests were generic and boring. We need less, better written NPC's and side quests, smaller but full and interesting maps and better mounts and no DLC's(unless they're like the ones from The Witcher). I wanna see how the story ends and if Morrigan and my Grey Warden will live happily ever after :)

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11:47 May-23-2017

I almost forgot that David Gaider already left Bioware..

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11:42 May-23-2017

Tricky working environment?


Why do I have a feeling that those in charge are expressing their frustrations at employees, even though it's probably their fault for overhyping and pushing the game out "like that"...


Eh, game development is a pure picture of today's society, I guess.

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11:44 May-23-2017

Mmmhmm, the higher ups made the wrong call, but it's the employees that will likely suffer for this one. All Mass Effect needed was a little mroe time, but they just had to appease those stockholders.

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