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A 'Dragon Age 4' Gameplay Reveal Is Coming This Week

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A 'Dragon Age 4' Gameplay Reveal Is Coming This Week

BioWare has announced that it will shed a little light on Dragon Age 4 at The Game Awards, following a "community celebration of all things Dragon Age."

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Dragon Age: Inquisition released in 2014, and after a rapturous critical reception which gave rise to multiple Game of the Year awards and more, the studio started working on its sequel. In the interest of simplicity, let's call it Dragon Age 4, even though there isn't a Dragon Age 1 or Dragon Age 3. It was planned to ameliorate the good parts (the environments, the factions, the lore) and cut out the sluggish parts (the scale, the fetch quests, the colonial themes), and honestly, the premise of playing as spies in the Tevinter Imperium sounded very enticing indeed.

In 2018, owing to strife within the studio over Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem, this iteration was cancelled and replaced with a new Dragon Age 4 which would integrate live service aspects in the game. Moving onwards, BioWare were very quiet, and EA was even quieter. In 2019, an investor questioned the publisher on the progression of Dragon Age 4, and chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen didn't seem especially positive in his answer.

Dragon Age concept art / Credit: BioWare
Dragon Age concept art / Credit: BioWare
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"I mean you should assume that there is Dragon Age out there and we've talked about it publicly that it's in the works, and it probably comes after fiscal '22," he explained. After some more silence, things were looking up when a few images of next-gen Dragon Age 4 were front and centre in an EA Play livestream. "We're still in early production," said general manager Casey Hudson in August, following another flurry of screenshots and snippets of development. "But we thought it was time to give you the very first look at how BioWare's passionate team of developers are crafting this very special game."

And, after designating December 4th as Dragon Age Day, a "community celebration of all things Dragon Age," BioWare is once again ready to reveal more about the upcoming entry in the series. It has released four short stories set in Thedas, illustrated with never-before-seen artworks. These are The Next One, Ruins of Reality, The Wake, and Minrathous Shadows. When I say short, I mean very short, but that's actually rather welcome.

"These stories, written by the narrative team, help paint the picture for the future of Dragon Age, including some insight into the next reveal at The Game Awards, airing on December 10 at 4 pm PT," said EA. Fingers crossed we get a cutscene, or some form of gameplay, or perhaps a character introduction or two. It's been in development for five years, and fans would love to see it shine in the spotlight.

Featured Image Credit: BioWare

Topics: Dragon Age, News, EA

Imogen Donovan
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