Report: The next Dragon Age game will no longer have multiplayer components

Bloomberg are reporting that “people familiar” with development of the next Dragon Age game have said that, following the failure of Anthem and EA’s success with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a single player game, that all multiplayer elements from the game.

It is said that the game previously had a “heavy multiplayer component” and was being designed as live service game with regular updates, but members of Bioware’s leadership team fought to change the game back to a single player title.

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After whispered promises and rumours, we were finally given a sneak peek into the world of the next Dragon Age at the end of 2020. Despite its stunning imagery, and the return of everyone’s favourite dwarven rogue, the teaser left us with more questions than ever before.

The reveal trailer doesn’t give much away, giving us some pleasant cinematics of bow wielding warriors, and fighting against dragons, demons and dark spawn against some suitably fantastical backdrops, including our old favourite, the lava filled cavern. We do see the return of Elven mage Solas which should please Dragon Age fans, while the voiceover tells us that “It’s time for a new hero, no ancient hand, no legacy” so perhaps we’re going to have a new unnamed, ordinary central character who’s swept up in all sorts of shenanigans.

Dragon Age: Origins was the first game in the series, releasing 11 years ago, and remains on my all-time favourite RPG list. Dragon Age II is not on my list, but it did release a couple of years later in 2011. Things greatly improved for 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition though, and if you have Game Pass or EA Play you can check it out right now.

Dragon Age came #8 in our Most Wanted Games of 2021 but given the shift in game design it’s very unlikely we will see the game this year.

Source: Bloomberg (Paywall)

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