Dragon Age 4 is allegedly single-player thanks to Jedi Fallen Order's success

With the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the flop of Anthem, planned multiplayer features for the next Dragon Age have seemingly been dropped.


Reportedly, Dragon Age 4 was originally planned to have some games-as-a-service features attached to it. Players would engage with a constant multiplayer element. Perspective has changed on the matter for Electronic Arts and BioWare, though. Apparently, plans to include multiplayer features have been dropped, and the decision may have been spurred by both the success of single-player in Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the unfortunate lack of success BioWare’s Anthem.

Electronic Arts’ recent supposed decision to pull multiplayer features from Dragon Age 4 comes a report at Bloomberg immediately following EA’s decision to shutter development on Anthem Next, aimed at fixing many of the problems in the game. Anthem’s failure to find success reportedly allegedly played a part in EA’s decision, but it was Respawn Entertainment’s sheer homerun with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order that really boosted the publisher’s faith in a purely single-player experience.

BioWare itself has also apparently been vocal in driving the next Dragon Age game back towards a single-player experience. Sources familiar with the discussions claim leadership at BioWare did not wish to diverge resources to a games-as-a-service model within the next Dragon Age title.

The mood at BioWare on single-player and EA’s willingness to concede towards the single-player focus has also, no doubt, been aided by the positive response to BioWare’s closest upcoming project, Mass Effect Legendary Edition. It is another single-player experience, which re-explores the recrafted universe of the original trilogy with graphical updates and quality-of-life tweaks to bring it more in line with modern visuals and gameplay and is slated for launch in May 2021.

Regardless, the shifting tides at Electronic Arts with the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the cancellation of Anthem seem to mean good tidings for those hoping Dragon Age 4 will remain a single-player RPG. Stay tuned for more information and updates on the next game of the Dragon Age franchise as it becomes available.

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    February 25, 2021 12:36 PM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Dragon Age 4 is allegedly single-player thanks to Jedi Fallen Order's success

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      February 25, 2021 10:56 AM

      Next Dragon Age game to be purely Single Player, without 'Live services'


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        February 25, 2021 10:56 AM

        That’s a good sign.

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          February 25, 2021 11:31 AM

          Its a bad sign depending how much effort and money they wasted on these features and during development. May weaken the rest of the product especially when people left over the original live service design.

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        February 25, 2021 11:15 AM

        *pre-ordered* if only to support the business decision

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        February 25, 2021 11:17 AM

        On the surface, I prefer this approach. I'm done with publishers trying to find incremental ways to monetize their IP. Feels like they end up focusing more on that vs the quality of the game.

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          February 25, 2021 11:34 AM

          Most of the time the only thing online crap does is break suspend/resume functionality

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          February 25, 2021 12:07 PM

          damn, that's a hell of a ride.

          kinda interesting to think of - i also LOVED Mass Effect 3's multiplayer despite fully expecting to hate it... and in contract, reading this article i am just now remembering that Dragon Age 3 multiplayer was a thing that existed.

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          February 25, 2021 1:44 PM

          excellent. I had a feeling.

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            February 25, 2021 1:45 PM

            LOL that... could have gone REALLY BADLY

            The change led to the departure of creative director Mike Laidlaw and caused some employees to dismiss the game as “Anthem with dragons.”

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        February 25, 2021 11:20 AM

        Wow, nice.

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        February 25, 2021 12:03 PM


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        February 25, 2021 12:08 PM

        Yay. Never played any of the DA stuff so hoping for the best with this.

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        February 25, 2021 1:42 PM

        Fuckin A!!

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        February 25, 2021 1:51 PM

        *Some* MP-like live services are nice in a game designed around single player - the Middle-Earth games did that well with revenge quests and the scoreboards - as long as when the servers were not there (due to no internet or the servers being taken offline) the game doesn't break.

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        February 25, 2021 2:05 PM

        Yeah, and Borderlands 2 was “built from the ground up for PC”.

        I’ll believe it when I see it. Some project manager is going to get their hands on this and add “enhancements”.

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        February 25, 2021 2:07 PM

        the twist: its gonna be a mobile game

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        February 25, 2021 2:14 PM

        Anthem gave it's life for this.

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        February 25, 2021 2:51 PM

        I like service based multiplayer games e.g. Overwatch, but it should be the core focus of the game. I literally can't think of a recent game where I've cared about both the campaign and the multiplayer.

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        February 25, 2021 2:55 PM

        N0 thanks, shirif

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        February 25, 2021 3:08 PM


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        February 25, 2021 3:13 PM

        I kinda hate that if you want a new Mass Effect game, the remaster has to be a hit and Dragon Age 4 has to be a hit. I don't have anything against Dragon Age. I like them. And I want the Remasted Mass Effect Trilogy. I don't like it that Bioware is on the very edge and can't fail.

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        February 25, 2021 3:28 PM

        I'm worried for EA, to be honest.

        They have had nothing but flops for a couple years now.

        BF:V total shit show. Now full of cheaters.
        Star Wars franchise nearly taken away from them.
        Madden was incredibly buggy and lackluster.
        Anthem was poorly reviewed and quickly forgotten about.
        Mass Effect Andromeda was poorly received, though its combat was kinda fun.

        I dunno what can save them really. Definitely not a Dragon Age game. Maybe a well done BF game? But after BF:V, I'm super skeptical they can pull one off.
        They need a new franchise, yesterday.

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        February 25, 2021 3:33 PM

        Dragon Age 1 was amazing, please be like that!

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        February 25, 2021 3:39 PM

        Bioware is dead to me. It has been a decade since they released a halfway decent game, and each new game they release is somehow even worse than the last.

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      February 25, 2021 12:43 PM

      yea, im sure their last live service bullshit didn't factor in at all...

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        February 25, 2021 12:44 PM

        Jedi Fallen Order is the Anthem of Victory

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