It’s been a long winter for Dragon Age fans, but the first signs of spring might just be showing: BioWare has revealed a teaser for a new Dragon Age game.
With a slow pan over a red lyrium idol, the trailer fades to the franchise’s now characteristic tarot card-esque art. The teaser played some infamous lines of dialogue from Dragon Age: Inquisition’s companion character Solas in the game’s final story-focused DLC.
“So, you’ve found me at last. I suspect you have questions.”
And then... we got a hashtag: #TheDreadWolfRises
[Warning: The rest of this post contains spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition.]
BioWare’s executive producer, Mark Darrah, revealed just a bit more in a post on BioWare.com.
“While we won’t be sharing any details for now,” Darrah wrote, “I can tell you we have been building a new team around a core of Dragon Age veterans, people I’ve worked with on Dragon Age, Jade Empire, and some of whom I’ve worked with since the Baldur’s Gate days.”
“Trespasser,” the final story DLC of Dragon Age: Inquisition, revealed that Solas, a companion character for the bulk of the game’s main plot, had been hiding a pretty big secret from the player character. He was really an ancient mage whose deeds had inspired the Dalish elf myth of the trickster god Fen’Harel, the Dread Wolf. At the end of the game, he revealed his ultimate goal: To return the world of Thedas to its primordial state by rending the barrier between the material realm and the shifting dimension of the Fade, the source of all magic.
Essentially, the apocalypse.
The final scenes of 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition heavily indicated that Solas and his followers were headed for the empire of Tevinter, or what’s left of it. You can think of Tevinter like a Roman Empire that didn’t completely fall, with many of its former territories now free states, but its capital city and homelands still thriving. And also, it’s the only political power in the world where mages aren’t an oppressed class. In fact, in Tevinter, they make up the ruling noble families.
Players have never visited Tevinter before in the games, though they’ve adventured through a number of its former territories over Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Until now, it has only been depicted in Dark Horse’s Dragon Age tie-in comics, including Dragon Age: Magekiller and the currently running Dragon Age: Deception.
The new game has been rumored to be in development since at least May 2017. Last week, Casey Hudson, BioWare’s general manager, hinted that fans would see an announcement before the end of December.
BioWare’s teaser did not give a time frame for the game’s release.