Dragon Age 4 is official, and we know a lot about BioWare development. So what happens when the Dragon Age 4 release date is? Where’s the next story going? And which of our favourite characters is going to come back? Although BioWare may be tight-lipped about the sequel to Inquisition, a few parts of the jigsaw puzzle that is their next RPG fantasy are already floating around the internet.
Dragon Age 4 is coming at some point, in some form. While it might not sound like it’s about to be released any time soon, BioWare has confirmed that it’s coming. It’s been more than five years since we last (officially) set foot in Thedas, and while the return might be a while down the track, it’s at least confirmed that one day we’re going back to the beautiful world of BioWare. BioWare posted a teaser trailer for what we can only presume is Dragon Age 4 at The Game Awards in December 2018. Although there is little valuable information to learn from a short video, we do know that something is in the works, and more recent Bioware clues have made us think an announcement might be imminent.
Here’s everything we know about Dragon Age 4 release date, trailers, rumors, characters, and more.
Dragon Age 4 Release Date
There is currently no release date for Dragon Age 4, as yet. While Dragon Age 4 is confirmed to have been in production since 2015, according to Kotaku’s article, the team has repeatedly pulled out to work on BioWare’s other games, including Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem – as a result, the original Dragon Age 4 was shut down.
The development of the new Dragon Age 4 project started again in 2017, and we may be waiting until 2022 for its publication. During their recent earnings call, Blake Jorgensen, EA’s financial director, said, “You should assume that Dragon Age is out there, we’ve talked about it publicly that it’s in the works – it’s probably coming after fiscal [year] 2022.”
It may be a while away, but the BioWare Dragon Age 4 teases haven’t ended. In the run-up to December, the developer tweeted about “Dragon 4ge day”, and executive producer Mark Darrah also tweeted “Dragon Age” on a friendly, quick tweet. The event occurred without much activity, but he clarified that the studio was working on Dragon Age 4 with a lovely homage to the fans of the game.
Dragon Age 4 Trailer
BioWare posted a teaser trailer for what we can only presume is Dragon Age 4 at The Game Awards in December 2018. Although there is little valuable information to learn from a short video, we do know that something is in the works, and more recent Bioware clues have made us think an announcement might be imminent.
The two things we know for sure from the teaser released during the 2018 Game Awards are “The Dread Wolf Rises” and that Solas, the Dread Wolf himself, will make an appearance.
Dragon Age 4 Story
Although no specific details of Dragon Age 4’s story have been revealed, we know that Alexis Kennedy, creator of Failbetter Games, has been involved in the writing of the game. In May 2017, he announced that we were working on a piece of story and mythology for BioWare. His plot is said to be separate from the core story, but more substantive than the background lore fall. In short: expect characters with dialogue and a backstory.
“If you’ve seen a lot of my work before you probably won’t be surprised by choice of the subject matter. It’s familiar, “Kennedy said to Eurogamer, indicating that there is likely to be a weird, Lovecraftian feeling in his segment, or at least a focus on death or loss. Perhaps it’s going to be set in the Fade, the dark aspect of the Dragon Age?
The Dragon Age comic book has also been confirmed to be set in Tevinter, the potential setting for Dragon Age 4, and will include the fan-favorite character Fenris, last seen in Dragon Age 2.
Apart from that, any details about the plot of Dragon Age 4 are just guesswork. After the success of Inquisition, it is a wise bet that the next game will be a direct sequel, as opposed to a mostly stand-alone story set in the same universe as the series has been so far. At the end of the Inquisition, elf Solas – revealed to be the god of deception, Fen’Harel – disappeared, and the Trespasser DLC ended with the Inquisitor’s promise to track him down and avoid his plot to kill the planet. It makes sense for a sequel to cast Solas as the main antagonist, and to deal with stopping his attempts to usher in a new era for the ancient elves.
The recent The Dread Wolf Rises trailer does provide some context for the latest Dragon Age title, as it features Solas we can presume that the title will follow the events of Inquisition and its Trespasser DLC.
Wherever Dragon Age takes us next, we can be sure that the world has more stories to tell. In August 2017, the developer at the time, Mike Laidlaw, said a fan in a tweet that the Dragon Age team had plans for “theoretical game five” and that “[t]here is no expected end for DA.”
Laidlaw also stated that the game might not be the fourth game in the core series, suggesting that the Dragon Age game currently under development could be a spin-off, exploring a different area – perhaps even a different time period – of Thedas. After all, we may not be tracking down Solas.
There is no planned ending for DA. There is an evolving plan that tends to look 2 games ahead or so. https://t.co/6Tp1lP6d5G
— Mike Laidlaw (@Mike_Laidlaw) August 8, 2017
More About Story
More recently, we’ve received some details about the future environment for Dragon Age 4. Early next year, BioWare is publishing a series of short stories entitled Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, featuring Dragon Age 4’s leading writer, Patrick Weekes. Fans are eager to expect that the Tevinter Imperium will be the next setting for the Dragon Age series.
I will say this:
We have a plot with the working name of “Tevinter of our discontent”
Who am I kidding, we’ll probably ship that. https://t.co/T9BwzQkcUg
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) August 2, 2019
Dragon Age 4 Setting
Dragon Age 4 is almost to take place in Tevinter. So far, the mage-run society with the diverging branch of the Chantry has been the mysterious boogeyman of every Dragon Age title. Not only did the final Trespasser DLC for the Dragon Age Inquisition end with the Inquisitor stabbing Tevinter with a knife (not at all subtle), but since then there have been several very positive signs leading us to the West.
Kotaku published a study back in April 2019 on the past (and future) of the development of Dragon Age 4. Among other information, it was found that the original version of the next title, codenamed Joplin at the time, was set in Tevinter. “You will play in the Tevinter Empire as a squad of spies,” the study says.
The version of Dragon Age 4 was eventually scrapped when BioWare’s Edmonton branch was pivoted to assist in the development of Mass Effect Andromeda and then Anthem. Dragon Age 4 has since been revived under the current name Morrison. It’s likely that the new codename comes with a new venue, but setting the next instalment of the series in Tevinter feels like a simple feature that probably wouldn’t have changed.
Most recently, we found out that many Dragon Age authors are working on a series of short stories named Tevinter Nights due on March 10, 2020, according to Amazon. In the past, the novels in the Dragon Age setting (like Masked Empire) leading to a new release laid the groundwork for essential characters or settings that will appear in the next game. Tevinter Nights can well introduce us to some of the central supporting characters for Dragon Age 4.
Dragon Age 4 Gameplay
It’s probably going to be an RPG, or so one would think, but beyond that, any real details about Dragon Age 4 are still very rough. From Kotaku’s article on the first edition of Dragon Age 4, codenamed Joplin, “a large chunk of Joplin would be focused on heists. The developers talked about building procedural gameplay mechanics, allowing the player to perform acts such as persuading or extorting guards without the writers having to hand-craft every scene. The goal was to concentrate as much on option and outcome as possible, with the smallest possible effect.
Game development is a highly iterative process, especially in BioWare, according to Kotaku’s reports on both Dragon Age 4 and Anthem. Dragon Age 4 has undoubtedly changed staff and is likely to have improved vision as well now that it is known internally as Morrison. It’s also possible that BioWare is trying to build a smaller, more complex open world for Dragon Age 4 after a player’s complaint that the open world of Inquisition appeared too flat.
In a post on BioWare’s blog following the December 2018 teaser trailer, Darrah wrote, “We’ve been building a new team around the core of Dragon Age veterans, people I’ve worked with for Dragon Age, Jade Empire, and some of whom I’ve worked with since Baldur’s Gate Days.” Although this may only be a way to convince the quality players that the team can deliver for Dragon Age 4, it might as well be.
Dragon Age 4 wishlist
Before we get our hands on a brand-new scaly adventure or receive any official news, I’ve got a lot of ideas about what the Dragon Age 4 gameplay and story will be like.
Here are the top five things I’ve got in my Dragon Age 4 wishlist:
1. The return of Solas
If you’ve played the excellent Dragon Age: Inquisition Trespasser DLC, you’ll know it’s coming to an end with a cliffhanger revolving around the renegade elf, Solas. In case you missed it, the DLC will conclude with the Inquisitor preparing to pull together a new group of allies from beyond Orlais and Ferelden to hunt down Solas. He already has a great deal of knowledge of the Inquisition, so that’s why a brand new crew is needed. But depending on whether you want to stop or redeem Solas, it will definitely depend on how you deal with the next part of the story.
What just doesn’t seem to exist … before the Dragon Age 4? Since Trespasser leaves you with such a Solas-focused cliffhanger, there is little doubt in my mind that Solas will be at the core of the next stop.
2. A little jaunt in Tevinter Imperium
The Trespasser cliffhanger also revealed a very critical moment which could give away the future setting of Dragon Age 4. The DLC ended with a dagger stabbed right through the Tevinter Imperium map, which is the Dragon Age region of Thedas, right next to the Solas camp.
You might ignore that as a whim from me, but Tevinter Imperium just happens to be Theda’s region that hasn’t been explored yet. Coincidence? Coincidence? I don’t think so. Tevinter is the oldest civilized nation within Thedas and is governed by a powerful magocracy with members known as the magisters, who are the most powerful mages. If it doesn’t sound like a perfect place to put the Dragon Age 4, I don’t know what it does.
3. Better connections with our party members
Of course, a beautiful world and a worthy foe are all well, but the Dragon Age game will be nothing without the characters with whom you share your journey. BioWare has such a talent when it comes to creating realistic and lovable characters that I really want to be able to make more connections to them in Dragon Age 4.
Mass Impact, BioWare’s other big game (apart from the upcoming Anthem), regularly features loyalty missions that enable you to establish closer links with your party members. Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect Andromeda are both games highlighted for this feature, and it’s certainly something that will work for Dragon Age 4.
4. More control of how the story flows
From talking to fellow Dragon Age fans and reading online forums, it is clear that there is a need for players to have more power over their destiny in Dragon Age 4. Back in the early days of the Dragon Age, the choices and acts all have consequences. But the effects that really impact the way the rest of the story goes.
Like Mass Effect, early Dragon Age games show that your decisions make a difference to the game’s plot. It’s not precisely Telltale’s ‘they should know that’ prompt, but it makes you feel like there’s more player control than there is in the more recent Dragon Age. Dragon Age fans-including myself-think that your choices should be given a little more weight for Dragon Age 4.
5. Take a world of inspiration from Inquisition
My favourite game in the Dragon Age series so far has to be Inquisition, and that’s partially due to its open-world layout. Its mix of discovery, side-quests, and expertly crafted, immersive story leads you through its vast universe, like a Dragon Age game that hasn’t ever gone before.
Many Dragon Age games tend to concentrate on interconnected hub areas, but for a world as rich as the Dragon Age, it makes more sense for me to continue down the open-world path that Inquisition began.
Dragon Age 4 – Will They Ever Release It?
Although it’s evident that BioWare is devoting much of its energy to having Anthem ready for launch, we’ve seen enough evidence to know that teams are working on various projects, including the next Dragon Age instalment. However, we have no way of knowing how far the game is going to progress other than the expected 2020 release year.
If that turns out to be valid, we should expect to see the art of the game in the next year, and not long after the gameplay.
The Last Word On Dragon Age 4 Release Date
BioWare may have made some errors in the past and haven’t been the best to read their viewers, but it seems they’re trying to shift their negative public image with Anthem, making guarantees that it’ll be free-of-box loot and have plenty of content for players irrespective of their live service model.
If that turns out to be the case, it would be a strong indication to fans waiting eagerly for a new Dragon Age.
At the time being, with Mass Effect on the back burner, BioWare is looking to restore their confidence with fans through Anthem and eventually, Dragon Age 4. It’s a perfect time to give players new experiences in a world they already love. Be sure to come back as we update this article as more details about Dragon Age 4 release date are revealed.
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