We still don’t know when Dragon Age 4 is projected for release, but a new report from VentureBeat indicates that it won’t be coming to previous gen consoles. That’s right, while many new games this generation continue to be released as compatible with Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Dragon Age 4 will be exclusively on Xbox Series X and its counterpart, the PlayStation 5.
Bioware’s experiences with the development of Dragon Age: Inquisition is likely the principal factor behind this decision. Former executive producer Mark Darrah said on Twitter that developing Xbox 360 and PS3 versions held back the overall design of Dragon Age: Inquisition and that CD Projekt RED was correct to go all-in next for Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
The choice to make Dragon Age 4 a current gen exclusive — aside from its expected release on PC — along with the Dead Space remake currently in development at Motive Studios, indicates that more releases from the various EA Worldwide Studios will be looking to the latest consoles. That seems fair, considering that the Xbox One will be turning nine years old next year.
BioWare is also currently working on the next Mass Effect, which I am going to keep calling Mass Effect 5, until EA personally tells me to stop, for no other reason that I refuse to have Mass Effect: Andromeda stricken from the record. Hopefully it can live up to fan expectations and the massive amount of goodwill they acquired from Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.
Dragon Age 4 will be a single-player adventure. At one point, multiplayer elements were planned though we can only speculate the details as they have now been scrapped. The game will likely be set in the Tevinter Imperium, following on from elements of the epilogue to Dragon Age: Inquisition – Trespasser, and marketing prominently feature Solas, the Dread Wolf.
The first three Dragon Age games are all available via EA Play, the subscription service that is bundled into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. No official statement has been made to remaster those games, which is fine, as I quite enjoy seeing the Xbox 360 version of Dragon Age: Origins and its 512×512 textures run at 30 fps on my 4K TV.