Next Dragon Age Dropping Multiplayer: Report

A story on Bloomberg states that Electronic Arts is changing course on BioWare's upcoming Dragon Age game. It says "people familiar with the matter" reveal all multiplayer content is being removed from the next game in the series, which was previously planning on having a significant multiplayer component. The unconfirmed report says this decision was influenced by the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the failure of the Anthem:
The diverging trajectories of two recent games changed the minds of Wilson and other executives at EA, according to the people. One was Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a single-player game released in November 2019 that won critical acclaim and outperformed EA’s sales expectations, reaching more than 10 million players in its first four months. The second was BioWare’s Anthem, a multiplayer game that was widely panned when it launched. The games showed that single-player games could still be lucrative and that BioWare, traditionally known for its single-player, role-playing games, might be better off returning to its roots. A spokesman for EA declined to comment.
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Feb 25, 2021, 19:21
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Feb 25, 2021, 19:21
 
Meh
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Feb 25, 2021, 19:28
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Re: Next Dragon Age Dropping Multiplayer: Report Feb 25, 2021, 19:28
Feb 25, 2021, 19:28
 
I'm not sad about this. EA's multiplayer component to their games has sometimes been fun, I played some of the ME3 multiplayer, but I don't think it needs to be there and I don't think there's any unique game experience lost there.
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Feb 25, 2021, 19:48
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Feb 25, 2021, 19:48
 
Fuuuuuuuu! The multiplayer mode was a ton of coop fun
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Feb 25, 2021, 21:32
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Re: Next Dragon Age Dropping Multiplayer: Report Feb 25, 2021, 21:32
Feb 25, 2021, 21:32
 
It's the right decision. Unless a CRPG is designed with MP in mind like NWN it's pretty pointless. I never understood why devs would try to shoehorn MP into games like this. Always seemed like a waste of time and resources that would be better spent on more and better SP content. Take the Witcher 3 as an example. Imagine if half that game was removed for the sake of MP. It wouldn't have sucked but it wouldn't have been nearly as good or satisfying.

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Feb 25, 2021, 22:01
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Feb 25, 2021, 22:01
 
Thank goodness. I feel like games that were single player and became multiplayer in later games suffered for it for the single player aspect. It's hard to balance around both, and you get the feeling of "I bet this would be easier with another person" at certain parts of a game sometimes.
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Feb 25, 2021, 22:46
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Feb 25, 2021, 22:46
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Or... EA wants to drop multiplayer from the core Dragon Age game to develop a stand-alone "Overwatch/Valorant" clone within the Dragan Age world.
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Feb 26, 2021, 00:48
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Feb 26, 2021, 00:48
 Jivaro
 
Am I crazy for thinking co-op would be a blast in a Dragon Age title?
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Feb 26, 2021, 02:19
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Feb 26, 2021, 02:19
 
Yeah, cos that was the only reason Anthem sucked. Way to go EA. You show em!

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Feb 26, 2021, 04:38
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Re: Next Dragon Age Dropping Multiplayer: Report Feb 26, 2021, 04:38
Feb 26, 2021, 04:38
 
[SC]TherMight wrote on Feb 25, 2021, 19:48:
Fuuuuuuuu! The multiplayer mode was a ton of coop fun

Dragon age had literally never COOP
It hard HORDE

And at least in the last game it was pretty fun
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Feb 26, 2021, 05:09
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Re: Next Dragon Age Dropping Multiplayer: Report Feb 26, 2021, 05:09
Feb 26, 2021, 05:09
 
Good news like this, I thought I'd never see it again. Apparently I've grown that bitter lol.

But yeah to me this is very good news. It's promising when a company puts all their effort, money and passion into a focussed, SP experience. A friend of mine often drags me into playing multiplayer games with him, but in the end it's our banter I like the most. Nothing trumps a good SP experience for me personally. So if the rumors are correct, thank baby jesus for Fallen Order's success. I want publishers to realize a great SP game can trump a mediocre hybrid like Anthem and those dozen others. Strangely they needed Fallen Order for that reminder. God of War, Last of Us, Mass Effect... anyone? Just to name a few.
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Feb 26, 2021, 06:28
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Feb 26, 2021, 06:28
 
Bioware has fooled me enough times now. Not buying their games again
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Feb 26, 2021, 07:38
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Feb 26, 2021, 07:38
 
The industry has moved on considerably since the release of the original game and I find it hard to get excited about this - I'm concerned it will be quite shallow and be limited in terms of decision making. Right now I'm still playing through Divinity: Original Sin 2 and I'm about 80hrs in - it's a revelation in terms of meaningful decision making and the important of varied tactics. And once I'm done I'll be looking to get Baldur's Gate 3, which is by the same developer and looks to increase the depth and quality substantially.

That said, I'm glad they've dropped multiplayer to focus on the core gameplay experience. It means there's at least a chance it will be done right. Hopefully they'll prove me wrong.
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:00
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:00
 
Removing multiplayer will drastically dim my interest in the new title
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:05
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:05
 
Mass Effect 3 was really fun. DA:I was.. interesting (MP) at times. Kinda niche. But they totally fucked over ME: Andromeda which had some fantastic potential with its fun gameplay. Just totally dropped the ball and went home on that one.

Probably for the best, unfortunately, that they avoid it. They lootbox the shit out of those games. I can't forgive them for ME:A though. I was so hyped, bought the deluxe edition, etc... They fucked me and many other people over.
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:42
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:42
 
Rhett wrote on Feb 26, 2021, 09:05:
Mass Effect 3 was really fun. DA:I was.. interesting (MP) at times. Kinda niche. But they totally fucked over ME: Andromeda which had some fantastic potential with its fun gameplay. Just totally dropped the ball and went home on that one.

Probably for the best, unfortunately, that they avoid it. They lootbox the shit out of those games. I can't forgive them for ME:A though. I was so hyped, bought the deluxe edition, etc... They fucked me and many other people over.

But... to be harshly honest...
..the only one who really fucked you and all consumers over was yourself by buying into Deluxe Editions.
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:43
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Feb 26, 2021, 09:43
 
Ozmodan wrote on Feb 26, 2021, 09:00:
Removing multiplayer will drastically dim my interest in the new title

Polar opposite for me. A focus on single player puts this game back on my radar after I had previously chalked it off as yet another GaaS multiplayer dudebro lulzfest.

I actually liked all three previous DA games. DAI (instead of DAO) could have been the best in the series with more focus and less of that MMO-like filler garbage. I hope that they really nail the single player narrative now that the shackles of multiplayer shallowness have been removed. As simple as the premise may be (demon invasion), the DA world is very rich in terms of lore and there are a lot of interesting characters, lands and places to explore. I'm cautiously more optimistic now that DA4 might turn out decent.
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Feb 26, 2021, 10:30
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Thank goodness!!!!
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Feb 26, 2021, 10:48
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Feb 26, 2021, 10:48
 
As much as I enjoyed past multi in Dragon Age, its always been 2nd to the single player experience.

Im glad they decided to drop it rather than try to try to split their limit resources on both. Better to have 100% complete single player and no multi, than a half assed version of both.
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Feb 26, 2021, 10:49
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Feb 26, 2021, 10:49
 
Whatever, but the MP wasn't the problem that I've read from those that played DAI and did not like it. DAI wouldn't have been no better without the MP, DAI SP was what they wanted to make it at the time. It seems it got caught up in that MMO too late zone an suffered from that.
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Feb 26, 2021, 10:57
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Feb 26, 2021, 10:57
 
I've been losing interest in single-player games over the past few years. I just like the social aspect of a good co-op game. It's sad to see they're dropping this, but on the other hand, I don't really have high hopes for this game in general.
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