Dragon Age: Dreadwolf - Everything We Know About BioWare's Upcoming Fantasy RPG
BioWare has confirmed the name of what fans previously called Dragon Age 4, as well as the fact that it won't release in 2022.
Developer BioWare first teased it was working on a new Dragon Age-related project in December 2018, confirming the project is actually an untitled fourth mainline Dragon Age game nearly two years later. Since then, we haven't heard all that much, save for a few intriguing nuggets of information. But, with both Summer Game Fest and all the Not-E3 summer events on the near horizon, we've learned a bit more--primarily the game's name, Dragon Age: Dreadwolf.
With Anthem abandoned and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition completed and released, BioWare is most likely now focusing on its two announced RPG projects: Dreadwolf and a brand-new Mass Effect. And since we know a little bit more about the game formally known (unofficially) as Dragon Age 4, it's probably the game that we're getting first. Below, we go over everything that we know about Dragon Age: Dreadwolf.
Neither BioWare nor publisher Electronic Arts have officially revealed a release date for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. Along with the announcement of the Dreadwolf name, however, BioWare did confirm that Dreadwolf will not release in 2022.
In February 2022, Grubbsnax host and GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb said that Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is "at least 18 months away" from release, which would put the game's launch sometime beyond August 2023.
It may be worth pointing out that both Origins and Inquisition launched in November, which does line up with a post-August release date for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. However, we can't rely on precedence too much here, seeing as Dragon Age II launched in March.
What we know
While very little in the way of specifics were shared, the Dreadwolf name announcement does confirm that Solas will be a central figure to the story. That comes as no surprise, as anyone who played Inquisition would suspect. However, BioWare says that even newcomers will be able to understand and enjoy what Solas, the titular Dread Wolf, is up to.
In BioWare: Stories and Secrets, a book that encompasses the developer's history, it was revealed that the primary setting for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf will be Tevinter--a never-before-seen, but an oft-referenced location in the Dragon Age franchise. Inquisition's Trespasser expansion even teased that a visit to Tevinter was up next for the series.
Tevinter is most often referenced in terms of its influence and societal layout. It is commonly referred to as one of the most powerful countries in all of Thedas. Possessing a primarily human make-up, Tevinter is ruled over by a council of mages. Slavery is also still legal there (despite being outlawed everywhere else), and the country as a whole is on very unfriendly terms with the Qunari.
Executive producer Christian Dailey has also teased fans with Dragon Age: Dreadwolf concept art. The images showcase knights adorned in incredible-looking armor, one suggesting that Dreadwolf will see the return of the Grey Wardens.
Grey Wardens are an elite order of knights who defend all of Thedas from the Archdemons, old gods who have become deadly dragons. You could choose to become a Grey Warden in Origins, though not in Dragon Age II or Inquisition.
We've gotten no news of which platforms Dragon Age: Dreadwolf will release on. However, it's been reported that Dragon Age: Dreadwolf will not release on Xbox One or PS4, so we assume it will only launch for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC.
PC system specs
BioWare has yet to reveal the PC system specs for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf.
We have one teaser trailer for Dreadwolf, released during The Game Awards 2020. The trailer does not feature any gameplay footage, but ends with the tantalizing tease that Solas (a very important Dragon Age character) may play a substantial role in this new game. We've embedded the trailer below.
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In February 2021, a Bloomberg report stated that EA had given BioWare the go-ahead to remove "all planned multiplayer components" from Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, making the RPG an exclusively single-player experience.
In December 2021, BioWare announced that Dragon Age: Dreadwolf would be a "single-player focused experience." Given the very specific use of the word "focused," that technically leaves room for an online multiplayer component to be included in a smaller capacity, but it at least confirms that the game will be geared towards single-player, not multiplayer.
BioWare has not yet said whether Dragon Age: Dreadwolf will incorporate DLC or microtransactions but given the fact that Inquisition featured both, it seems likely that this new game will too.
Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is not yet available for preorder.
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