BioWare Moves To 'Next Phase' Of Dragon Age Franchise

by Jim Reilly on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The development behind Dragon Age II is finally complete. The team has finished all content for the game and has moved on to the franchise’s future.

Mark Darrah, executive producer of Dragon Age II, posted on the official BioWare forums saying the team is moving on to what's next. “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.”

Darrah wasn’t able to give any hints or clues but suggests the team is taking a good, hard look at the series going forward.

“You’ve most certainly heard the rumors floating around, and unfortunately I can’t really comment on them,” he said. “However, what I can say is that 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.”

In an interview with Wired last December, BioWare CEO Dr. Ray Muzyka said his studio was looking heavily at games like Skyrim. “[The next Dragon Age] is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it’s also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open-world feel. We’re checking [Skyrim] out aggressively.

"We like it. We’re big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product. We think we can do some wonderful things."

[Source: Bioware]