BioWare has recently been in the news for laying off 50 employees to streamline itself in the aftermath of a pair of back-to-back disappointments by Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem, their attempt at a looter-shooter. Now, a tweet has quoted industry insider Jeff Grubb about the Dragon Age: Dreadwolf release date.
Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is the long-awaited next installment in the Dragon Age series, BioWare’s fantasy RPG franchise that recently released an animated series onto Netflix. The game got a teaser trailer at the 2018 Game Awards, and an official reveal trailer two years later at the 2020 show. However, aside from concept art and very early gameplay, we’ve seen little of it.
Dreadwolf would pick up where the story of Dragon Age: Inquisition left off, with former party member (and elven god) Solas attempting to bring down the Veil between the mortal and spirit worlds to give elves their power back, an action that could result in the world’s destruction.
According to Grubb, Dreadwolf was planned to come out this September, but was then pushed back to next year. Supposedly it’s planned for next summer, but there could also be time for it to be further pushed back. Considering how its last two games have panned out, this is probably BioWare trying to make sure they won’t have a third flop.
Dreadwolf was originally supposed to also be an open-world live-service game. However, with the dismal failure of Anthem, Electronic Arts told BioWare that they can make it a linear single-player game. This abrupt shift in genres likely contributed to the delay as well, along with wanting quality.
Either way, hopefully we’ll get more information about Dragon Age: Dreadwolf’s release date sometime in the future, along with more information about the game itself. Until then, all we can do is hope that BioWare is able to return to their quality roots and give Dragon Age fans a great game.