BioWare‘s new art book has confirmed where the next Dragon Age will be located.
Electronic Arts and BioWare don’t talk much about Dragon Age 4. (Especially how the latter has lost much of its veteran staff since its announcement!) The game is in development, but the publisher likely wants the team to go back to Anthem, which failed in its original form (mostly due to it being half complete when it was pushed out the door…), and Electronic Arts wants live service income from this game, too, aside from the sports games’ annual Ultimate Team money printing solution.
The next Dragon Age’s location was confirmed by the new BioWare art book, called BioWare: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development, which you can find on Amazon here. Going by it, the location is going to be Tevinter. Eurogamer has published the relevant quote from the book: „the long-awaited follow-up to Dragon Age: Inquisition […] will take players to Tevinter as the events of Inquisition and Trespasser threaten to forever change Thedas.”
Dragon Age 4 first was developed under the codename Joplin. The development began in 2015 (shortly after Dragon Age: Inquisition, which launched in late 2014 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360), but the team behind it was reassigned to work on Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem, both being undercooked and rushed to the players. However, Electronic Arts and BioWare dumped Joplin in October 2018, as it did not have the live service model for further monetization. The current concept, Morrison, is built on Anthem’s code with live service elements.
Dragon Age 4 is at least a year away from launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC, as we don’t think Electronic Arts would release it in 2021. We should hear about it at the next EA Play Live event.