Just yesterday, we reported on how BioWare, the developers behind Dragon Age were laying of some of their employees. In that very same piece, we discussed how this would have minimal impact on the games already in development, including Dragon Age: Dreadwolf.
Today, insider Jeff Grubb has revealed that the game will most likely be delayed, and pushed further to late 2024, instead of Summer next year. It’s important to note, however, that this period isn’t set in stone, since there’s a chance that the release date could experience further delays.
Here’s what Grubb had to say on his podcast, Giant Bomb:
For a while there, Dragon Age: Dreadwolf could have come out this year. In fact, internally at one point the date that they were looking at was next month, September 2023. But internally, Dragon Age: Dreadwolf keeps getting pushed back. They moved the internal expectations to March 2024 a while ago. Guess what? It’s not coming out then, either. It’s been pushed back again. It is not coming out until Summer 2024 at the earliest at this point.
This is not them talking publically, this is from my reporting. But if it moves again, don’t be surprised in any way. I think it’s very likely it will be moved back even further. I expect this game to launch probably by the end of next year. But why launch it at the end of next year when you could move it to the last EA fiscal quarter, which ends in March 2025? This thing could keep moving. Again, Summer 2024 is what they’re looking at at the earliest.
How are they finishing Dragon Age: Dreadwolf? Guess what, they’re bringing in people from the Mass Effect team, which is being drained a little bit so that more people can come work on Dreadwolf. That naturally means Mass Effect is getting pushed further down the line, so don’t expect that any time soon. Most people weren’t expecting it, but push it back even further in your heads.
Since BioWare has a lot on the line when it comes to the next Dragon Age game, they will need to make sure that everything’s perfect, and according to how they want it to be. This is also why a lot of Mass Effect 5‘s resources were transferred over to Dragon Age to speed up its development and release it in time.
This now means that less time, and efforts are being allocated to Mass Effect, which ultimately means that it’s own release will have to be delayed past its expected period. What’s intriguing is the fact that it’s been almost nine years since development on Dragon Age, and back in 2022, BioWare confirmed that the game was in a playable state, but these delays would only likely result in a lot of frustration for the studio, especially with layoffs at such a crucial time.
This is all we know for now, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.