"So... you've found me at last. I suspect you have questions."
Solas, the Dread Wolf

The Dread Wolf Rises is the current working title[confirmation needed] of the fourth installment of the Dragon Age video game series.

Announcement Edit

The 2018 Game Awards teaser trailer was released on December 6, 2018. Most of the video shows a close-up view of the lyrium idol, a dwarven artifact uncovered by the Champion of Kirkwall during the events of Dragon Age II. The image shown at the end of the trailer depicts the idol in the center, an unnamed character to the left, and what is likely a wolf to the right. The idol is surrounded by seven circles, two of which have not been greyed out, and the ground appears to be on fire.

At the end of the trailer, Solas's voice can be heard, saying, "So... you've found me at last. I suspect you have questions," echoing his remarks at the end of Trespasser.[1]

Development and Controversy Edit

As of late 2018, it has been stated that the game has been in development "for quite a while."[1] It was revealed at the 2018 Video Game Awards.[2] Sources within BioWare have stated that the game will be released no earlier than 2021, and that, as of late 2018, the game is without an official name.[3]

An April 9, 2019 article by Jason Schreier of Kotaku stated that the game was originally intended to be a heist-heavy, smaller-scope adventure revolving around a group of spies in the Tevinter Imperium. Players would have the opportunity to influence other characters, enjoy a rich companion roster, and watch the land and scenario change over time with their choices and--potentially, with multiplayer--the choices of thousands of other players. There was no mention of the Inquisition in this summary, and the protagonist was clearly not the Inquisitor.

This project was known as "Joplin." The new game's current working title, changed after much of Bioware's staff was routed from the project to work on the poorly-received Mass Effect: Andromeda and, later, the critically panned Anthem, is currently "Morrison." It is unclear how much of Joplin will figure into Morrison, and how much the troubled reception of Anthem as well as growing controversy over "crunch" development may affect release and production, in conjunction with Anthem’s code being reused to make the game.[4]

In a company earnings call, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen stated that the game would probably be released post-fiscal year 2022.[5]

Plot Edit

The game starts at some point following the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition, particularly those of Trespasser.

This section contains spoilers for:
Dragon Age: Knight Errant.

During the events of Dragon Age: Deception #3, an elven servant named Gaius is revealed to be impersonating a Magister in Ventus while reporting to Solas. He reveals that a "weapon imbued with red lyrium" stolen from Kirkwall has been traded away for information. According to writer Nunzio De Filippis this was not something Solas would have approved of.[6]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bioware Blog - A Message From Mark Darrah & Matthew Goldman – The Dread Wolf Rises
  2. GameSpot - Dragon Age 4 Teased With A Trailer At The Game Awards
  3. Game Informer - Report: Dragon Age 4 Will Be Revealed At The Game Awards, But Is Several Years From Release
  4. Kotaku - The Past and Present of Dragon Age 4 -].
  5. Kotaku - Don't Expect Dragon Age 4 Until 2022 Sometime -
  6. Unofficial BSN.
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