BioWare’s reputation has been slumping as of late with Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the iconic RPG studio is still looking to turn things around. Anthem looks like a game that will please a lot of incoming fans, and Dragon Age continues to plant itself as the studio’s “go to” fantasy franchise.
Baldur’s Gate is a thing of the past, seeing that it is stuck in the arms of Atari and not EA, and BioWare has no intention of looking back. All there is is forward with Dragon Age, which the studio has penned the script for two more “theoretical” releases.
This comes according to the series’ lead designer Mike Laidlaw on his Twitter page in response to a fan asking about how the series will end.
There is no planned ending for DA. There is an evolving plan that tends to look 2 games ahead or so. https://t.co/6Tp1lP6d5G
— Mike Laidlaw (@Mike_Laidlaw) August 8, 2017
He then followed up with a quote that mentions the “theoretical” fourth and fifth game.
Thus, I could tell you what -could- be in a theoretical game five. if there were a theoretical game four happening.
I’m a little torn on Dragon Age
The first Dragon Age game, Dragon Age Origins, was a brilliant RPG that clearly took a lot of inspiration from the classics that made BioWare a staple of the RPG world. It was deep, open, and provided countless ways to interact with its world and bend its plot to your will.
Dragon Age 2 infamously needed another year in development to come anywhere close to being fun, and the recent Dragon Age: Inquisition stripped many of those defining characteristics for a more streamlined experience that ultimately came up way too shallow. I realize that the BioWare fanbase is sort of split on that game, but I am not on the right side.
It’s a shame because I want BioWare to start cranking out good games again. If it were to make another Dragon Age, I would need to be convinced it’s an RPG worth my time, as opposed to blindly buying it as I would have maybe ten years ago.