The long-awaited Dragon Age: Dreadwolf RPG from BioWare has reached "one of the most important stages of development": the game is fully playable from start to finish, but the developers still have a lot of work to do on graphics and gameplay improvements.
"All this time we have been working hard on various parts of the game, but only after alpha testing the game is put together," BioWare general manager Gary McKay wrote. "Now for the first time we can experience the whole game, from the opening scenes of the first mission to the very end."
There's still a lot of work to do before the game's release, he said, but the transition to alpha testing is a really important stage in the development process: now experts can focus on improving graphics and gameplay and make sure there are no problems with gameplay progression, pacing, and narrative cohesion.
Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is the sequel to Dragon Age: Inquisition, released in 2014, and the fourth game in the series. Development of the game began back in 2015, but was repeatedly interrupted due to problems with the development of other games of the studio. In all this time, the studio has also changed its mind more than once about whether the game will be a regular single-player game - or one with an online component. According to the latest reports, the game will still be single-player.
The game was officially announced at The Game Awards 2018. But only in June of this year, it became known its official and final name - in honor of the elven wizard Solas, who, as it turned out in the third game, is none other than the famous of the legends Dread Wolf (Dread Wolf). Thus, Dreadwolf, unlike the previous parts of the franchise, will be a direct continuation of the previous game, and here it seems that Solas will be the main antagonist.
Rumor has it that in Dragon Age: Dreadwolf we will be able to visit the capital city of the Tevinter Empire, the city of Minratos, which we have heard about more than once in the previous games. We were also promised interesting companions, allies and villains. Perhaps among the companions will be Varric Tethras, the companion dwarf from the previous two Dragon Age games. At least he was shown to us (or rather, let us hear him) as a narrator in the teaser trailer for 2020.
It's still unknown whether we'll be able to play as the same character we played in Inquisition, and whether we'll meet our favorite companions from the previous game (or even previous ones) in the new game. The answers to these and many other questions will likely appear in the first half of 2023.
Dragon Age universe fans have been waiting for the fourth game for ages, but it looks like they will have to wait for at least another year. Most likely Dragon Age: Dreadwolf will be released in the second half of 2023 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X and S.