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Dragon Age 4 was almost about spies in Tevinter Imperium

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EA and BioWare have suffered two major failures due to the focus on games as a service in just two years, with Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem. It appears that the second take on Dragon Age 4 is being influenced by the same mentality.

Video games go through several iterations through development and it's normal that the final product doesn't resemble many of the ideas that were worked on during the development cycle. 

It appears this was the case with Dragon Age 4 as well, since the fourth instalment was originally going to be set in Tevinter Imperium, would focus on a group of spies and heists they would perform. The info came from Jason Schreier once again, who posted a lengthy article on the game's development history, present and future.

The game is currently being worked on under the codename Morrison, while the version with spies in Tevinter was codenamed Joplin and it was dropped as BioWare moved the development team to help out with the mess that was Mass Effect: Andromeda.

It wasn't going to be a game as a service apparently and following the return of a part of the team to work on Dragon Age once again, the project was dropped and worked on Morrison commenced. While nothing is set in stone just yet, the game is almost guaranteed to follow the games as a service model at this point.

This goes against the statement Casey Hudson made in late January of 2018 and EA did not comment on Kotaku's inquiry. It remains to be seen whether Dragon Age 4 will indeed be ruined by focus on microtransactions or if Hudson's words will ring true and the "continued storytelling after the main story" will be all there is to recurring revenue.

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Considering we are talking about EA here, it is hard to imagine they will manage to stick to just selling story-focused DLC, but then again, it was hard to imagine they would drop loot boxes from Star Wars Battlefront 2 as well. Let's just hope they get the memo before Dragon Age 4 gets ruined as well.

Also, someone at BioWare seems to really have a thing for American rock singers that died at the age of 27.