It was only last week that Bioware general manager Casey Hudson openly teased “secret Dragon Age stuff” in the next few weeks, but it seems like it is a little less secret now. According to a report from GamesBeat, Dragon Age 4 will be revealed this week at The Game Awards, but the reveal seems to be the only part of the game that’s actually done.
“Dragon Age 4 — or whatever name it’ll carry — is at least three years away, according to sources familiar with the studio,” GamesBeat reporter Jeffrey Grubb writes. “That timeline could change, but that is the current expectation at EA. BioWare and EA have not even settled on a name for the new Dragon Age — although that is something they could decide in preparation for a reveal at The Game Awards.”
If true, it could mean that Bioware’s enthusiasm for Dragon Age is vastly outpacing their development schedule. Bioware is reportedly still all-hands-on-deck on Anthem, which releases early next year. With EA cancelling all of Mass Effect Andromeda’s single-player DLC and staying quiet on the future of the series since, Dragon Age seems a logical place to go after. That still makes the decision to announce it so early puzzling.
It is also possible that Bioware wants to assure fans that traditional content is on the way. While Anthem is looking to impress, it is not the type of game that fans of the studio expect, and an announcement of Dragon Age 4 conveys that the developer will still be working on those sorts of titles. It also just seems likely that there is a lot of enthusiasm for the series within Bioware.
The Game Awards take place on December 6 at 5:30 p.m. PT. Anthem will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 22.