'Mass Effect', 'Dragon Age' Studio Teases Super Secret New Projects
It's been a funny old few years for BioWare. The EA-owned studio known for hit RPG franchises like Mass Effect and Dragon Age have seen their fair share of troubles with recent releases.
2017's Mass Effect Andromeda launched to middling reviews and unimpressive sales, while 2019's Anthem was ultimately a victim of its own ambition. A poor launch and relative lack of support has led to sales and an active player base far below expectations.
It's not been easy for fans of the studio to see these two games do so poorly, especially when lovers of all things RPG can attest that when BioWare is on form, it's on damn fine form. There is hope on the horizon, however. We already know that the developer is currently hard at work on a brand new Dragon Age, which has the potential to be something truly special if EA doesn't forcefully stuff it full of life service guff.
Dragon Age 4 (or whatever it ends up being called) is still a fair ways off, though, and we likely won't be seeing it until the next-generation of consoles arrive. Despite this, it looks like BioWare is already teasing a number of brand new projects that have started at the studio.
In a blog post, BioWare general manager Casey Hudson shared some updates regarding BioWare's current and future projects. He touched on the Star Wars: The Old Republic Onslaught DLC update, as well as the team's "fundamental" plans for Anthem, before moving on to allude to future plans.
In a section of the post headed "Other Stuff Going On", Hudson teased several "super secret" projects. "I wish I could tell you more about them, but they're mostly super-secret right now," he wrote.
"I can say however that one of our projects has a large and growing team in Edmonton working through pre-production, and based on the progress I'm seeing, I can confirm that indeed the Dread Wolf rises."
The mention of the Dread Wolf is clearly a reference to Dragon Age 4, and while it's nice to hear that development on the game is coming along, it does strike me as odd that Hudson would refer to the game as a super secret project... given that it was formally announced during The Game Awards last year.
Still, that leaves at least one other secret project in the works over at BioWare. Whether it's a new Mass Effect or something entirely new remains to be seen, but it'll probably be a while before we know for sure.