No last-gen editions for fantasy sequel
Various sources are pointing to the possibility that Electronic Arts’ anticipated sequel Dragon Age 4 is only in development for PC and ninth-generation console platforms, and will not be seeing a release on PS4 or Xbox One.
The whispers began after one of Dragon Age‘s lead designers failed to reference the last-gen platforms on a listing on networking website LinkedIn, which proclaims that Dragon Age 4 is currently in development for “PS5/Xbox Series X+S/PC”. Gamesbeat’s industry insider Jeff Grub, more often than not a very reliable source on these matters, further clarified that this aligns with word from their own sources.
Given the scope and ambition of the fantasy sequel, as well as its tentative 2023 release date, it’s understandable that developer BioWare would be “planning for the future,” so to speak. One will recall that the lengthy cycle that preceded the launch of CDPR’s Cyberpunk 2077 originally saw the title in development for “next-gen platforms.” The team then pivoted to including PS4 and Xbox One, leading to one of the most notoriously abysmal launches in gaming history.
Dragon Age 4 looks set to be an epic, perhaps the biggest magnum opus for the studio since Mass Effect 2. As such, it makes perfect sense for the publisher to put all of its eggs into the “next-gen” basket, so to speak, delivering an experience worthy of the franchise’s grand return.
Dragon Age 4 is currently in development at BioWare. It is expected to launch in 2023.