BioWare fans are abuzz today, as studio general manager, Casey Hudson, recently tipped fans off regarding Dragon Age news that will be dropping some time soon. Fans of the popular series have been starving for some sort of confirmation that a fourth game will be coming at some point in the (hopefully) near future. Every word uttered by developers is cross examined for clues, sometimes to ridiculous lengths. And why not? It’s been four years since Inquisition was released, and we are all getting a bit antsy. With Mass Effect: Andromeda last year, and Anthem coming in February, we can only hope DA is next.
My hope, along with that of everyone else I’m sure, is that we get some concrete information on when we can expect a Dragon Age title, at least. Hopefully more than Bethesda handed out this year at E3 with Elder Scrolls 6.
Even though the fanbase has been thirsty for information, it doesn’t mean we have stopped showing the three existing games the love they deserve. The community is very active online, and the games continue to be popular. This year marks the inaugural Unofficial Dragon 4ge Day. Taking place December 4th, this fan created (not in any way affiliated with BioWare) celebration of the series is a great way for everyone to showcase their artistic talents, share their love of the games, and have an excuse to play them for the hundredth time.
I spoke with Teresa (@ImASithDuh), the event’s creator, about how the event came into being:
“I got the idea last year when there was a mention of the attempts for Warden Day to be a thing. My thought was the reason Warden Day didn’t seem to stick is we now have the Champion and the Inquisitor, so 9/30 doesn’t really work for that. N7 Day is really the inspiration, and I think it works because through all of the original Mass Effect trilogy, N7 was Shepard’s rank, no matter what. It was consistent, and even in Andromeda, Ryder’s father is an N7 so that carries on the significance. I have to throw Dumped, Drunk, and Dalish and Caitie/GhilDirthalen under the bus as the main motivators to create the event, because they were so enthusiastic about it and offered to help me if I really wanted to make an event of it. We decided on December 4 because 4 is A in Leetspeak (Dating myself as a geek here). Going for a ‘Dragon Age Day’ covers all three protags, and any future protags. Well, unless we ever leave the Dragon Age. Heh.”
The Dragon Age community is filled with involved and passionate fans, and the event is totally by the fans, for the fans. So what exactly will be going on?
“What we’re doing on December 4th is having a charity stream on Twitch with Caitie/Ghil, with quite a few members of the DA Fan community as guests. We haven’t gotten all of the details worked out yet, but there will be an evening stream with a Very Special Guest if we can get everything fully resolved. We’re also in the process of making ‘Thank You’ videos for the people who worked on Dragon Age, past and present. I know a lot of people were bummed when David Gaider and Mike Laidlaw left, but there are so many members of the Dragon Age team who are still at BioWare, and it seems like they get forgotten when a Big Name leaves.”
Along with the stream, there is also a Tiltify campaign in support of the Child’s Play Charity which has already raised over $500. Fans are also encouraged to create, draw, write, discuss, and share all of it using #Dragon4geDay.
The event has garnered a fair bit of attention. On the way fans have embraced the event, Teresa had this to say:
“Honestly, I would have been happy if another 100 people were interested in celebrating on December 4th, I never anticipated this kind of enthusiasm. The people working on this have been so supportive of each other and the positivity around it is so wonderful, and I know Dragon Age has had such a positive impact on my life, I’m delighted to be able to share my love with my fellow fans.”
This is a game series that means a lot to so many people, myself included. It’s a world where the player becomes the hero, faces struggles of all kinds, and is ultimately filled with stories about friendship and bravery. While we wait for some hopefully good news to drop about the future of the Dragon Age universe, lets all get together and celebrate what it is we love about it.
You can find out more about Dragon 4ge Day here:
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