Dragon Age 3 Likely Out For Next Gen Consoles Only
When it comes to the accuracy of gaming industry gossip and rumor, there is no one whose track record is less impeachable than the mysterious Superannuation. His (or her) twitter feed is a reliable source for early news that regularly turns out to be true. Which is why their ongoing Kotaku column ought to be required reading. In the latest installment, we learn that Dragon Age 3 is almost certainly due exclusively for next gen consoles, and that it’s likely not to drop until 2014. Here’s the scoop:
An EA Shanghai level designer who worked on a vertical slice of Dragon Age III earlier in the year states on his LinkedIn page that the “Scope of the DAIII has been chaged [sic], which will target next gen platform [sic] and will be postpone [sic] to 2014.” The claim of the delay is probably a misinterpretation of the rumors of the RPG sequel’s delays from fiscal 2013 (before March 31, 2013) to fiscal 2014 (after that date), which was pegged to EA wanting to avoid the rushed development criticisms that dogged Dragon Age II. However, those “development cycle” posits are seemingly not entirely accurate, as the designer says that EA wanted to refocus Dragon Age III from a current-generation title to a marquee next-generation RPG.
Dragon Age III coming to next-generation platforms should not be a surprise to anyone, as EA tellingly excluded any specifics on platforms in the game’s September announcement—a way of saying that the intended platforms have not yet been announced.
I’m not shocked by this. Everything we’ve heard – some of which I am not at liberty report at this time – suggests serious behind-the-scenes soul searching by EA and Bioware. Making damn sure they don’t rush Dragon Age 3 out is an important part of that. Then again, recent things produced after the soul searching began don’t give us tremendous hope…