BioWare Offers Its Most Detailed Look Yet at Dragon Age 4

BioWare Offers Its Most Detailed Look Yet at Dragon Age 4

By Fen'Harel, that's Solas!

The next installment of Dragon Age has been in development for some time. While we didn't get an idea of when that wait might come to an end today, BioWare did release a new developer diary, showing off some of the concept art and work-in-progress behind its next RPG.

Shown today during Gamescom Opening Night Live, BioWare GM Casey Hudson introduced the new video. "We're still in early production," Hudson says. "But we thought it was time to give you the very first look at how BioWare's passionate team of developers are crafting this very special game."

The video is mostly concept art, with some in-progress models and animations. You can see various characters, a wide variety of locales, and get an idea of the approach BioWare is taking with this entry. Throughout it, various developers on the project talk about their approach and what they want to do with a new Dragon Age.

One quote certainly gave me some Dragon Age 2 vibes: "For the game we're working on now, we want to tell a story [of] what happens when you don't have power," said Lead Writer Patrick Weekes. "What happens when the people in charge aren't willing to address the issues?"

Of course, there are some familiar faces as well. Solas is returning, as the extremely good Trespasser DLC implied he would be. Another shot shows a character that looks a little bit like Inquisition's Dorian Pavus, and some of the overall environments lend credence to the idea of us visiting Tevinter in the next game. There are also references to new characters for the series, like a character named Bellara and a possible Warden named Davrin.

Visiting Tevinter certainly seems likely. | BioWare/EA

Overall, this was still a pretty small glimpse of what BioWare is up to. It's more than recent offerings, but it still seems like a fourth Dragon Age is a ways off.

So for now, I'm keeping my expectations in check. Dragon Age 4 is in development and adapting to a work-from-home development process, so it pays to be patient. Even if I've still got goosebumps from hearing Solas' voice actor deliver a line about the Dread Wolf. In the meantime, Electronic Arts has opened up sign-ups on the Dragon Age site for further updates.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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