BioWare’s next big game, Anthem, is still a ways away, but it may already be influencing how the studio designs the next entries in its beloved franchises, Dragon Age and Mass Effect.
Speaking during PAX West, the BioWare team spoke on Anthem‘s world and how the game is being made to continually change with updates and developments. While we don’t know how well fans will receive Anthem yet, it seems the company is already planning to borrow a few of those same elements for future games.
“We’ve got the continuation of stories after we’ve launched,” said lead producer Michael Gamble (via VG 24/7). “If you remember back to the ancient times we released a game and that would [tell] the story for a set of characters, and we released DLC that enabled u to tell unique bits of story afterwards. For Anthem, where we’d all like to see us head, is the ability to tell new great stories throughout the years, throughout the months after launch.”
He expanded a bit on this idea, explaining how the team could expand the stoyline for specific characters or points in the world, changing the missions that players would see.
“My point is that I hope that future games, whether it’s Dragon Age or the other one that starts with ‘Mass,’ continues to utilize this kind of storytelling,” he said.
However, that doesn’t mean that future BioWare games will be Anthem clones. BioWare general manager Casey Hudson clarified a few of these statements on Twitter not long after PAX.
“Of course when we do a Dragon Age game it will be designed from the ground up based on what Dragon Age should be… What carries forward is what we learn about game design, which is a constant evolution,” Hudson wrote.
Anthem is a specific thing that’s unique from our other IPs in many ways. What carries forward is what we learn about game design, which is a constant evolution.
— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) September 4, 2018
Anthem influence aside, this is the closest we’ve heard any of the devs come to confirming that a new Dragon Age game is in the works. How much of these systems from Anthem carry over, however, will likely have to be determined by the success of Anthem itself.
Anthem releases on February 21st, 2019, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Source: VG 24/7