In 2019, Electronic Arts committed to “live service” games, a term that generally refers to games based on persistent online elements like Destiny 2. In an interview with GameDaily.biz in June, CEO Andrew Wilson said that “games as a service” will be fundamental to our industry, “and during an October earnings call, CFO Blake Jorgensen said EA was” increasing the number of live services doubled “.
As a result, there have been some concerns from fans that EA was planning to turn Dragon Age 4 into a multiplayer-oriented, Anthem-style live game. However, a new Bloomberg report says this will not happen as EA has apparently decided to remove all multiplayer components from Dragon Age 4 and make it an exclusive single player experience.
The decision was largely determined by two games that cited multiple sources “familiar with the matter”, according to the report. One was the single player action game Star Was Jedi: Fallen Order, a hit for EA, and the other was Anthem, the Destiny-like live game that was finally abandoned yesterday – a spectacular bombshell, at least when compared to EA’s high levels Expectations.
It’s not clear how much Dragon Age 4 would have leaned into multiplayer prior to this decision. A 2019 report said the game was originally intended as a deep, reactive, single-player role-playing game, but was rebooted to adopt the more monetizable “games as a service” model in 2017, leading some to consider it as ” Hymn with dragons “. Others said the main story would be a single player experience, while the multiplayer would focus more on post-release content – something similar to the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, which turned out to be very good despite my concerns at the time.
Casey Hudson, then General Manager of BioWare, said something similar on Twitter:
If you read a lot of feedback on Dragon Age, you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused. Too early to go into details, but when we talk about “live” it just means creating a game for further storytelling after the main story. January 25, 2018
Regardless of what was previously planned, it’s comforting to hear that the next Dragon Age will be firmly focused on a single player RPG experience. Multiplayer games are great, but sometimes all you really want to do is be the hero of your own story. There is still a long way to go, however: the last time Electronic Arts expects Dragon Age 4, or whatever it is ultimately called, to arrive sometime after April 2022.