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All we need to know about the next Dragon Age game, from character and story to release date.

While there have been several game leaks over the last few years, the tale of Dragon Age 4’s creation has undoubtedly been one of the longest hidden secrets in the gaming industry. 

For years, people knew that the next Dragon Age game was in progress, and then, only recently, EA and BioWare began to speak more freely about it. 

Now, there are a lot of things we don’t know about the game. The gameplay has yet to be announced, and we don’t even know the actual name of the title.

It’s been seven years since Dragon Age: Inquisition and fans are thirsty for news about the next installment of their favorite RPG series. And while there’s not much to tell about it right now, there are quite a few things that we can write about, based on the most recent pieces of details that Bioware has shared with us. 

With all that being said, let’s take a look at all we know about Dragon Age 4.

Dragon Age 4 previews and sneak peeks

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The key source of knowledge about anything relating to Dragon Age 4 is the teasers and trailers BioWare has shared. 

There are actually just three trucks. 

The very first announcement trailer was released during The Game Awards 2018, with the hashtag The Dread Wolf Rises, which is presumably the current title of the game. 

The trailer centers on the idol of Lyrium, which you may be familiar with if you played Dragon Age II. 

The Lyrium Idol is a dwarf artifact found by the Kirkwall Champion during the Dragon Age II events, and it means bad news, but we’re not going to spoil the plot here.

The teaser concludes with Solas saying, “So… you’ve found me at last. I suspect you have questions,” which is a reference from Trespasser, the third and final DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the last game in the sequence. 

Two years back, and now, we’ve got a second trailer for the title, but still without a name or gameplay. 

During Gamescom 2020, BioWare unveiled “Behind the Scenes Teaser Trailer” for the new Dragon Age title, which focused on “next-generation technology to bring the world and characters of Dragon Age to life.”

There, we saw some concept art and early screenshots of the title, and we find out that we’re going to see “new things and new places” and “what happens when you don’t have power.” 

Finally, The Game Awards 2020 trailer unveiled new detail about the game, including some returning characters, graphics, the role of the player, and more.

Dragon Age 4 places and settings 

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Based on several hints that have been revealed in recent years, it seems that the next Dragon Age game is set in the Tevinter Kingdom. 

It’s all but assumed that the game will take place in Tevinter, based on what we hear. 

Second, the last chapter of the Dragon Age book, Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, finished with the Tevinter Imperium as a place of importance for the cliffhanger. 

Second, Kotaku announced back in April 2019 that 4 players in the Dragon Age will “play as a group of spies in Tevinter Imperium.”

Finally, a book called “BioWare: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development” was published in November 2020. 

As Tom Phillips of Eurogamer points out, there is essentially an official acknowledgement of the position inside the novel. 

There is an entry on page 324 called “Tevinter Bound: A sneak peek at the follow-up to Inquisition” which specifically indicates that the next game will be set in the Tevinter Imperium. 

It’s worth mentioning that the game went through a few reboots, so it’s not entirely clear if the book suits the present state of the game, but anything else suggests that.

Besides Tevinter, there’s some other conceptual art that could refer to other locations in the game. 

“Artwork of a glittering city surrounded by water almost certainly shows Antiva City, the capital of Antiva,” Tom said. “An area which borders Tevinter to the east.” 

There is also the idea of art for The Deep Paths, and there are some photos that could come from Nevarra, a place whose people are renowned for mummifying their deceased and bordering Tevinter in the south.

Dragon Age 4 plot 

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From what we know from trailers and screenshots, the focus of the plot will be on “red lyrium,” which is a more potent and addictive type of raw lyrium, and is considered to thin the velvet, enabling ghosts and demons to communicate with the real world. 

Of course, the mere mention of the Dread Wolf/Solas means that the plot would still have an important connection with him. 

As mentioned above, in the Gamescom trailer, lead writer Patrick Weekes spoke about the plot of the game and how it will be different from the story of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

“For the game we’re working on now, we want to tell the story of what happens when you don’t have power? What happens when the people in charge aren’t willing to address the issues?” Weeks explained. 

It seems like this time around the character of the player, at least at the beginning, would be less important in the grand scheme of things. 

From The Game Awards 2020 trailer, we know we’re going to play a brand new character (as was the case with previous games), with “no magic hand, no ancient prophecy”

The character is described as “the kind of person they’ll never see coming” that would suggest a low-born tale of origin and further cement the notion of the “unimportance” of the character of the next player. 

The interaction with other characters in the game will still be really significant, and John Epler, the game’s story producer, says that the storylines in the next installment will “focus on the people around you, and the friends and family you make.”

Dragon Age 4 characters

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We currently know two old characters who will almost definitely return to Dragon Age 4. 

Solas “The Dread Wolf” is likely to be one of the most influential characters in the series, and with his impact on all that had transpired in the previous games, it would be fascinating to see where the Dragon Age 4 story will go with him. 

He was used in all the game’s promotional videos and his concept art featured in the “Behind the Scenes” video.

Any other character is still in the domain of pure imagination, but BioWare is known for its tradition of reusing characters in titles, so we can confidently presume that we’ll see several other recognizable faces as well. 

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith, a three-issue comic book series, was published in 2020, so some fans believe this could be a hint that we’re going to see Fenris back in Dragon Age 4. 

Everyone’s beloved Alistair was a returning character in all of the Dragon Age titles, so fans are expecting to see him in Dragon Age 4.

Concept art revealed during Gamescom 2020 reveals other familiar names, such as Isabella and Dorian, which may also indicate their presence in the game.

Dragon Age 4 gameplay

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Dragon Age games are RPGs, so we can confidently assume that is going to be an RPG, but after that, anything else is conjecture, so little has been shared about the gameplay. 

From the above-mentioned Jason Schreier article, the original version of the game, codenamed Joplin, was meant to be heavily based on heists.

“A large chunk of Joplin would centre on heists. The developers talked about building systemic narrative mechanics, allowing the player to perform actions like persuading or extorting guards without the writers having to hand-craft every scene,” Schreier wrote. “It was all very ambitious and very early, and would have no doubt changed drastically once Joplin entered production, but members of the team say they were thrilled about the possibilities.”

In the meantime, the Joplin version of the game has been fully discontinued, and the new version of the game is renamed Morrison. 

Many things have definitely changed since then, particularly given that many key people from BioWare and Dragon Age have left the studio, including Casey Hudson, CEO of BioWare, and Mark Darrah, executive producer of Dragon Age. 

So, right now, we’re going to have to wait for the official gameplay to reveal more about it.

Dragon Age 4 release date

There is no official release date yet, but it seems like the game is still far from ready and we’re not expecting it to be released any time soon. 

As we mentioned above, the game has seen many revisions and reboots since BioWare began working on it sometime around 2015. 

The new update of the game is named Morrison, and the pre-production of this version began in 2018. 

In Behind the Scenes Teaser Trailer from late August 2020, Hudson spoke about the new Dragon Age game and said, “We are still in early production.”

During EA’s Q2 2020 Earnings Call, Blake Jorgensen, Chief Operating Officer of EA, said that the game “probably comes after fiscal ’22,” which means that we do not expect Dragon Age 4 to be published before April 2022, when fiscal year 2023 begins. 

And you’ve got it, everything we know about Dragon Age 4 right now!