Dragon Age 4 Multiplayer Won’t Be “Anthem With Dragons,” Says Report

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Following extended bursts of speculation, Dragon Age 4 is finally on its way and BioWare has extended a number of tidbits regarding the sequel over the last few months. While we can expect a return for multiplayer when the RPG eventually sees release, recent rumors have suggested a experience akin to Anthem might actually be in the final product.

A new report has now laid out a few details regarding the upcoming Dragon Age 4, including the game’s purported behind-the-scenes direction for multiplayer. According to Kotaku, the game will indeed feature an Anthem-like “live service component,” but it’ll hardly be the “Anthem with dragons” one might immediately expect.

A few BioWare employees close to the project have reportedly confirmed that the game’s traditional single-player campaign will remain intact; with any live-service components being left to separate multiplayer modes. One undisclosed employee specifically confirmed this idea, professing BioWare’s focus to stay true to its most prominent franchises.

The idea was that Anthem would be the online game and that Dragon Age and Mass Effect, while they may experiment with online portions, that’s not what defines them as franchises. I don’t think you’ll see us completely change those franchises.”

While Dragon Age 4 may be built around Anthem’s code, it’s suggested that multiplayer won’t resemble anything BioWare has put out in the past. A number of intriguing ideas are said to be being floated as ways to keep the online experience fresh, including the possibility of community-influenced quests and a drop-in/drop-out mechanic evoking old-school BioWare RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate.

Some ideas I’ve heard floated for Morrison’s multiplayer include companions that can be controlled by multiple players via drop-in/drop-out co-op, similar to old-school BioWare RPGs like Baldur’s Gate, and quests that could change based not just on one player’s decisions, but on the choices of players across the globe.”

As things are still relatively early for Dragon Age 4 development, any of these reported multiplayer plans could be easily dropped in favor of something else. Kotaku points out that Dragon Age games are specifically infamous for this type of rapidly-changing direction, an aspect that BioWare had hoped to dampen in the past. An unnamed developer put the current lack of tangibility bluntly, acknowledging “it’s going to change like five times in the next two years.”

What do you think? Are you interested in an experimental online component for Dragon Age 4, or are you worried “Anthem with Dragons” might still become a reality? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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  • Mercury Reply

    April 19, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Just give us the Tevinter based game we were promised, and save the new direction for afterwards.

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