Dragon Age Producer Responds To Concerns About New Game's Reported "Live Elements"
You will be "relieved" when you see the new Dragon Age, Casey Hudson says.
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Last week, a report claimed that the next Dragon Age game was rebooted in 2017 in an effort to add more "live elements." Given EA's belief in and commitment to microtransactions, some took this to mean that the new Dragon Age title would feature microtransactions. This might end up being the case, but now producer Casey Hudson has weighed in to quell concerns.
Posting on Twitter, Hudson said players will be "relieved" when EA shows off the next Dragon Age, adding that the game is "story and character focused." While he said it is "too early" to talk specifics, he did apparently confirm that there will be "live" elements. Hudson said this "just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story."
Reading lots of feedback regarding Dragon Age, and I think you’ll be relieved to see what the team is working on. Story & character focused.— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) January 25, 2018
Too early to talk details, but when we talk about “live” it just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story.
Earlier this week, EA CEO Andrew Wilson addressed the situation regarding the controversy over Star Wars: Battlefront II's use of microtransactions. While Battlefront II might have stumbled in this department, he said EA took the game as some of a learning experience. As such, EA still believes in microtransactions, but wants to make sure they are "done right" in future titles. Indeed, many gamers might agree that optional microtransactions that do not affect gameplay aren't such a bad thing--just look at Overwatch.
The new Dragon age game has not been officially announced. Last June, creative director Mike Laidlaw, who has since left the company, said "something is happening" with Dragon Age. The latest game in the series was 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, which enjoyed the "most successful launch in BioWare history" at the time.
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