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Here’s a very early look at the next Dragon Age

BioWare’s new Dragon Age appears to be a long way off

Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

BioWare revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the next Dragon Age game on Thursday at Gamescom’s Opening Night Live stream. This included a look at some concept art, an interview with developers on the project, and an idea of some of the larger themes in the game’s narrative.

There wasn’t a whole lot of information in the behind-the-scenes look, but we learned the next Dragon Age will focus on happens when you don’t have access to power, and when the people in charge are not addressing the world’s problems.

As much of this is concept art and animations in a grey room testing environment, it’s clear that the next Dragon Age is still early in development. It’s surprising for a behind-the-scenes look at the title to still be so vague and unclear; it looks as though BioWare is not yet ready to reveal much in the way of story details or gameplay systems. It came across a bit like a college ad for the concept of BioWare games, talking about the big picture design philosophies and fan favorite aspects of the Dragon Age franchise rather than any particular detail of the next game.

The next Dragon Age was first unveiled at The Game Awards in 2018 with the tagline “The Dread Wolf rises”, along with images of Inquisition antagonist Solas. The last Dragon Age title, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was released in 2014.