Dragon Age 4 might be revealed very shortly if a new tweet from BioWare is anything to go on.
Things haven’t been great at Canadian developer BioWare. The company has been a little bit stressed ever since Anthem completely failed to live up to expectations. What was promised as the prettiest and most engaging massively multiplayer looter-shooter ever made turned out to be none of the above. Not even a year after the game’s release, the game appears to be on its last legs as very few players remain.
Before that it was Mass Effect Andromeda that flopped. One more and it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where publisher EA shuts the studio down for good. It’s not like they haven’t done it many, many times in the past.
So that feeling of desperation might be entirely justified. If Dragon Age 4 flops too, what else does BioWare have left going for them? The question at this point is does anyone still care?
Well, we might be about to find out. BioWare’s most recent tweet says the company is going to celebrate Dragon Age’s 10th anniversary with a special celebration on December 4th. And they’re really emphasizing the whole “four” thing.
"Today marks 10 years of Dragon Age,” the Edmonton-based developer wrote. “This year we’re excited to join the community’s party on December 4th and celebrate a decade together in the world we all love. See you on 12/4 for Dragon 4ge Day!"
Today marks 10 years of Dragon Age! This year we’re excited to join the community’s party on December 4th and celebrate a decade together in the world we all love. See you on 12/4 for Dragon 4ge Day!— BioWare (@bioware) November 3, 2019
See what we mean? Dragon Age 4 being announced on December 4th for Dragon Age’s 10th anniversary would be a pretty big deal and a good way to restart BioWare’s story, so to speak.
The real issue is whether or not EA will let BioWare make the sort of game that fans have come to love: narrative and story-driven single-player games. EA has been requiring their studios fill their games with online functionality to fulfill their “games as a service” mantra. This means ongoing content drops but also loading games down with microtransactions at every opportunity.
Dragon Age doesn’t seem to be the sort of game that EA is interested in. One wonders if players desperate for another single-player experience might be able to convince EA otherwise.