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EA doesn’t expect to release the next Dragon Age game before its fiscal year 2023, which begins on April 1, 2022.
“You should assume that Dragon Age—it’s out there, we’ve talked about it publicly that it’s in the works—it probably comes after fiscal 22,” EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said of the BioWare title during the publisher’s second quarter earnings call on Tuesday.
“But we typically don’t give multi-year guidance this early in the year, or multi-year guidance period,” he added, “so I don’t want to start giving [fiscal] 23 guidance now that I’ve started to hint on 22, but you should assume it’s out there and plans are underway for that product.”
In early 2018, it was reported that BioWare had rebooted Dragon Age 4 and that its replacement would be a “live service” game.
“Story & character focused. Too early to talk details, but when we talk about ‘live’ it just means designing a game for continued storytelling after the main story.”
EA officially teased the game with a vague trailer at The Game Awards in December 2018. In an accompanying blog post, BioWare said: “We’ve gathered our strongest team yet and are venturing forth on the most epic quest ever.”
Elsewhere on Tuesday’s earnings call, EA revealed the Battlefield 6 release date will fall between April 2021 and March 2022.
Jorgensen also said the company might return to the Titanfall franchise down the line, but he couldn’t confirm “if and when” that might be.
EA said it will be “doubling down” on live service games like Apex Legend and FIFA too, after digital games drove growth during its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2019.