BioWare General Manager Casey Hudson ended November with a studio update on the developer's blog and, while the majority of the update focused on the nearly-wrapped initial development for Anthem, he spared a few words for Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He even teased some upcoming news for Dragon Age.
As the post puts it, BioWare has been working on "some secret Dragon Age stuff." While Hudson doesn't give any clues as to what that stuff might be just yet, he notes that the franchise is "incredibly important" to the studio.
I'm not a betting man but, if I was, I'd wager that we're going to be hearing more about this secret Dragon Age project in just a few days. The Game Awards are scheduled for Dec. 6 and the annual show has become known for being just as much about giving out nifty statues as it is about announcing new games, projects, DLC, and the like. If BioWare is teasing an announcement for something Dragon Age-related in the next month, I figure something like The Game Awards would be a perfect venue for exactly that.
Given the experimental phase the games industry seems to be going through at the moment, I'm not going to rule out anything from a MOBA or card battle game to an MMO or a mobile RPG. Then again, it's been just over four years since Dragon Age: Inquisition launched, so I'd say we're due for a big, proper continuation of the series at this point.
Even if the next Dragon Age project isn't announced during The Game Awards, at least Hudson is teasing something to be revealed in the next 30 days, tops.
While the Dragon Age tease is nice and all, the majority of Hudson's recent post was dedicated to Anthem, which is set to launch this February. It's an online shooter developed under the games as service model, so expect to be hearing about this one for some time to come. In other words, whatever launches in February is only the beginning, as Hudson notes the team is already hard at work on seasons (plural) of additional content to be rolled out for Anthem in the months ahead.
As for the game itself, he notes that it's at the "play at home" phase of development, when the team gets to take copies of the game home and enjoy them like a normal gamer, where they'll continue to report any bugs or issues that need to be addressed. Not to jinx anything but, if BioWare is at this stage of development, it sounds like Anthem will have little additional trouble making its Feb. 22 launch.