Next year, Electronic Arts and BioWare might begin the marketing campaign for the game that was absent from EA Play Live.
This week, BioWare did not reveal any details about Dragon Age 4, as the studio has previously warned everyone of a no-show for EA Play Live, but they added that they are working hard on the game (no wonder: Anthem’s reboot was thrown away, and the other project we know they have on the table is the new Mass Effect…).
Now, here’s VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, who either is correct or has something completely off regarding his scoops. He wrote that we don’t have to wait a lot to hear more about the game, as BioWare is now planning a 2023 release window. This means that Electronic Arts should start the game’s marketing next year, as this isn’t a game that the company releases out of nowhere. (EA has done this with Unravel Two, although that wasn’t an AAA title, to begin with…)
A few months ago, when the game was reportedly turned back to a single-player title (making it the third concept), we wrote the following: „Two games can be thanked for the change from the second concept to the third one (we’ll explain this in a bit). The first one would be Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which was a single-player game that reached over 10 million players in four months. The second game would be Anthem, which was another live service title that didn’t get anywhere, and now, its rework plans have been scrapped as well (we discussed this the other day).
So, the third concept. The first one was codenamed Joplin. It began development in 2015, but in the autumn of 2017, this concept was scrapped in favour of Morrison, which was meant to push for long-term monetization, which would require multiplayer/live service elements. This is what is getting removed now, meaning Dragon Age 4 is now in its third format in six years, which can easily be called a development hell at this point, despite the game being officially revealed in 2018, as by then, the Joplin-Morrison change has happened, requiring some rebooting. Still, some champagne is due to be sent to Respawn Entertainment, the devs of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.”
Electronic Arts has mentioned in a few of its fiscal earnings reports that they would like to release Dragon Age 4 (for unknown platforms) during the 2023 fiscal year that starts in April 2022 and runs until the end of March 2023. It’d make sense for BioWare to target an early 2023 release…