Dragon Age 4 will be completely Single Player, with no multiplayer or online elements

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sat, Feb 27, 2021 12:00 PM
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According to a new report, Electronic Arts have reevaluated their commitment to Live Service games after the success of Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order and the launch flop of Anthem - the reboot of which was officially cancelled a few days ago. Thus, the upcoming Dragon Age 4 will be completely Single Player, with no multiplayer or online elements present.

EA CEO Andre Wilson once said in an interview that “games as service is going to be foundational to our industry.” In another interview, EA’s Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, mentioned that they were going to be “doubling down on live services,” something that Wilson himself also reiterated later on.

EA hasn’t had a very good reputation when it comes to online games and pushing certain online elements as well as microtransactions. So, understandably, this caused some worry among fans for any upcoming games that were traditionally single player-focused. After all, previous BioWare games like Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition had a tacked-on multiplayer mode that, although not exactly terrible, never really felt like they fit in.

So for Electronic Arts to change their mind and reevaluate their commitment would take some persuading. And according to some sources, that is exactly what happened after the massive success of Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order - a completely single player game - and the flop of Anthem - a Live Service title.

Looking at those results and it would be clear to anyone that maybe live service titles don’t always mean lots of money. Sometimes a good single player game with no online elements can be a major success, who woulda thunk huh?

What do you think? Are you happy for a completely single player non-Live Dragon Age 4? Did you ever play the multiplayer modes for Mass Effect 3 or Dragon Age Inquisition? What did you think of them? And will you miss them at all? Let us know your thoughts!

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01:14 Mar-03-2021

The EA executive who signed off on this decision had a brain aneurysm shortly after, trying to compute exactly what they had just done

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16:50 Mar-01-2021

What I've wanted to know is HOW FAR will this development CONTINUE? EA is known for shutting down Studios if it doesn't meet their criteria. I've still remembered them saying "Single Player games are dead".

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14:49 Mar-01-2021

The decision explained in 3 steps:
1 Casey Hudson left, players are worried
2 Followers on social media about the game are as low as possible, 200 000 vs 800 000 of Mass Effect on twitter
or almost 3 Mil, for Mass Effect trailer vs 500 000 for DA 4 Trailer on youtube
3 Jedi the Fallen Order sold extremely well

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13:53 Mar-01-2021

Rebooted a singleplayer focused DA4 to make a multiplayer focused DA4 that drops multiplayer. Time for that Bioware Magic.

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22:21 Feb-28-2021

Online in any regard just don't belong in games like that. I'll get excited for DA4 after it's released and confirmed that it isn't as terrible as Inquisition.

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15:38 Feb-28-2021

Okey, Iam listening

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01:34 Feb-28-2021

Good, I really prefer story-driven RPG game, where player (singular) can dive into the game world to enjoy it.

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23:19 Feb-27-2021

But i thought singleplayer games are dead EA. I guess you were wrong.


Either way, woke BioWare is nothing like it used to be. Also there will be microtransactions as well.

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23:07 Feb-27-2021

I am happy to see EA dropping forced multiplayer thing on DA4. I do think online features for those games were just to check that box on EA requirement list, more than developers actually wanting to make them. All those games were primarily singleplayer. But EA wanted multiplayer, because it is easier to sell microtransactions and stuff in multiplayer. So I won't miss that.

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20:28 Feb-27-2021

Wokeness is still staying tho..

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19:02 Feb-27-2021

Ohho...okay....this might even be worth something.....keen to see more about development, and will support this path.

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18:27 Feb-27-2021

BioWare are long gone.Most of the people behind "Baldur's Gate", "KotOR", "DA:Origins" and "Mass Effect" left long ago.Have expectations close to none.

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18:01 Feb-27-2021

Doesn't matter. Bioware is dead. I will never support any EA game again. I hope others wake up and stop buying their garbage too.

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17:04 Feb-27-2021

it is kind of sad anthem flopped, especially since it was being worked on by the same team that worked on Swtor, and did such a great job with that game.

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16:06 Feb-27-2021

They never said they weren't going to add macrotransactions though O_O
Remember people this is still EA we're talking about, be careful even after it releases.

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15:43 Feb-27-2021

FINALLY GOOD RIDDANCE. Seriously unneeded fluff that added nothing and was a complete waste of diverted resources from the main game. About damn time, now I'm excited for DA4 a bit

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15:25 Feb-27-2021

I haven't played dragon age multiplayer but the mass effect 3 multiplayer is genuinely fun. Playing as all races with their unique abilities while fighting huge numbers of enemies.

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12:37 Feb-27-2021

At least Anthem died for a good cause. I hope EA realises that "Live Services" are a failure.

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22:24 Feb-28-2021

Bold statement. Lol, DOTA2, Siege etc, etc, are all live service games and have gigantic followings. EA just doesn't understand what should and should not be a live service game, or how to even properly make one at that.
All they've done so far is take an idea and go "yeah, this can be live service", when really they should be doing it the opposite way around.

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