Dragon Age 4 "Right in the Middle” of Production, Says BioWare

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BioWare have given a progress update on the long awaited Dragon Age 4.

Yesterday, BioWare GM Gary McKay sent out a blog post giving the community an update on two of the studio's biggest properties - the upcoming Dragon Age 4 and the next Mass Effect . It's been a while since we've heard anything solid surrounding these upcoming entries. So far, for Dragon Age, we've seen a brief lore trailer highlighting the return and involvement of Dragon Age: Inquisition character Solas.

In the blog post, McKay gave a brief overview of the development process: "As you may know, there are a few different stages to a game’s development. First are the Concept and Pre-Production phases, when a team works on the creative vision for the game and starts laying down the technical foundations – basically creating the conceptual and technological blueprint for the game. Iteration and flexibility are key here, as ideas and game mechanics are proposed, tested out, and refined."

"Once the blueprint is complete, the Production phase begins. Production is all about executing on the blueprint: taking those ideas and turning them into a working game. Eventually, a team hits Alpha and then Beta, where the polish happens, and the things that are special really come to life."

Dragon Age 4 "Right in the Middle” of Production, Says BioWare

In regards to Dragon Age, McKay revealed that BioWare is "right in the middle" of its production.

"Our blueprint was completed last year, so we’re now focused on building out our vision: creating amazing environments, deep characters, strong gameplay, impactful writing, emotional cinematics – and much more. The blueprint for the game is well understood and the team is focused. "

The post then went on to acknowledge the departure of Dragon Age's Executive Producer, Christian Dailey, who has said that "the game is in amazing hands." As for who will be stepping up into the leadership role, McKay outlined that a number of Dragon Age veterans would be leading the charge.

Dragon Age 4's Production Director is Mac Walters, who has been with BioWare for 18 years and led development for Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Alongside him is Game Director Corrine Busche, who, along with having a 15 year tenure with EA, has been leading the design direction for Dragon Age.

It's not clear exactly when we'll begin to see more information regarding Dragon Age 4, or the next Mass Effect for that matter. However, it's clear that the game is indeed in great hands.