How many of you read this article? (I couldn't see a thread on this btw).
What are your thoughts on it?
Personally, this is everything I fear about the next DA game. I always wondered why it was taking so long to release DA4 when the development team finished DA:I in 2015 with the last DLC. They had the resources to and knowledge to improved on what they knew and heard from feedback from gamers. What were they working on? Seems they were working on DA4 but it all got ditched as EA's new mandate came in.
According to this article, a developer said "“We were working towards something very cool, a hugely reactive game, smaller in scope than Dragon Age: Inquisition but much larger in player choice, followers, reactivity, and depth,” they said. “I’m sad that game will never get made.”"
This sounds exactly what people wanted, something more grounded, no big scope and more personal and no online crap.
But times change and EA see $ signs in front of their faces 24/7. So in 2017 they apparently ditched this for a different more online approach. The 'Games as a service' shtick instead. The development team has been chopped and moved around as they have have had to help on Andromeda and Anthem. Rumours from Bioware's development of Anthem and treatment of employees, it's reception both critical and fan based and it's goals in general of an ongoing game with 'future' updates to improve it.
I've wanted Dragon Age 4 for years, playing through DA:I over and over (I did that my PS4 life thing and it came in at 500+ hours), different characters, builds, decisions (never a Dwarf...though weirdly) and pine for a new one but I don't think this new one will meet my expectations if all EA has in mind is "Buy in game gold so you can level up quicker." or "Play this dungeon over and over because this is all we have as gameplay."
Of course it could all change and we could get a game we do want in 4 years time when they finally finish development.
(Also, side note, I think I've been watching too much Jim Sterling).