BioWare's highly anticipated game, Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, has been in development since 2017. Previously, EA had hinted that it would launch sometime later this year. But, now, it appears that it won't be ready until at least April 2024.
EA confirmed the disappointing news in its latest financial report, which is something most fans didn't expect at all.
Last year, BioWare confirmed that Dragon Age: Dreadwolf had already reached its alpha stage, which meant that it was in a playable state from the start to the end. This fueled fan hopes for the game to launch this year, presumably staggered with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which is currently still being fixed by Respawn Entertainment and EA.
If it's any consolation, the company's release schedule for the next fiscal year reveals various exciting titles that are coming out within the next three or so quarters, namely:
- Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle Earth (Mobile title, Q1 FY24)
- Super Mega Baseball 4 (Q1 FY24)
- F1 (Q1 FY24)
- Immortals of Aveum (Q2 Fy24)
- Madden 24 (Q2 Fy24)
- EAS FC (Q2 FY24)
- NHL 24 (Q3 FY24)
In addition to this, EA has confirmed that two more "unannounced games" are part of the company's FY24 release pipeline, specifically "one EA Sports title and one Racing title."
Unfortunately, as you can see, Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is noticeably absent from this list.
Despite the disappointing news for Dragon Age fans, EA's most recent financial report is excellent news for the company, which includes record net bookings of $1.95B for the most recent quarter that ended in March 2023. This marks a massive 11 percent year-on-year increase for EA, which is largely due to the performance of its live service business. Notably, FIFA 23 outsold the lifetime sales of its predecessor, FIFA 22, in six months, making it the most successful FIFA game to launch in the series' history.
EA is definitely hoping that EA Sports FC posts similar if not better performance when it hits the store shelves, as expected, later this year.
Going back to the topic of Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, as disappointing as it is to hear a game basically get delayed, it's clear EA and BioWare are dedicated to delivering a well-rounded and quality game, especially in light of the company's most AAA releases. The failures of Anthem and, to some extent, Mass Effect: Andromeda, are still fresh on everyone's minds. Not to mention, EA can't just Jedi Mind Trick its way to making people forget that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, for all its commercial launch success, is still in dire need of some fixing.
Nevertheless, this presumably internal delay is good news for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. Fingers crossed, it launches to similar critical and commercial acclaim like the older BioWare titles, the loss of the studios' magic be damned.