Dragon Age II team signs off, joins new project

Twelve months after release, BioWare has announced that it is moving on from Dragon Age II, officially ceasing post-release work and moving the entire team across to “the next phase of Dragon Age‘s future”.

…that shrouds everything in an air of mystery, as BioWare has not yet mentioned any plans for the franchise – so gamers are crossing their fingers for big news regarding Dragon Age III in the not-so-distant future.

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Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Dragon Age II has posted a message on the game’s official forums:

…while we will still be keeping an eye out for any issues that might crop up in DAII and supporting the community should any emergencies should arise, we’re moving the entire team’s focus to the next phase of Dragon Age’s future.

He goes on to explain that there are a number of rumours currently doing the rounds (multiplayer? swappable armour? a jump to MMO?), but declines to comment. Instead, he suggests that the future of the franchise may not be so clear-cut.

We’ve been thinking a lot about Dragon Age – what it means, and where it could go. This past year, we’ve spent a lot of time both going back to the “BioWare vault” of games and re-examining them, and looking at some new possibilities that today’s industry allows.

…Darrah is obviously biting his tongue, very excited about the new project in the works, but – like all good developers – is remaining very quiet, for now.

It might still be a while before we hear anything official, but Darrah does explain that the team wants to hear from you about where you want things to go next. Online options are available, but there will also be a presence at “a number of conventions and gatherings” so you can chat in person with the developers.

The most valuable thing we can get out of those meetings is to hear from you on those same topics – what does Dragon Age mean to you, and where would you like to see it go? We’re excited to hear what you have to say!

In the meantime, there’s still plenty of life to Dragon Age II, which was updated to version 1.04 earlier this month, no reason to stop playing just yet.

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