According to a report by GamesBeat, Dragon Age 4 was revealed at The Game Awards 2018 without the consent of publisher Electronic Arts.
Based on intel gathered by the website, we learn that EA was forced to prepare a rushed teaser to fulfill a promise BioWare made a few days before the event on its blog.
In that blog post, you might remember, BioWare general manager Casey Hudson said that “Dragon Age is an incredibly important franchise in our studio, and we’re excited to continue its legacy. Look for more on this in the coming month (though I won’t tell you where to look…).”
That was a clear hint at The Game Awards, which was about to happen at the beginning of December.
“If you watch the trailer for yourself, you may notice that it seems thin and rushed. And that’s because it was, according to sources familiar with publisher Electronic Arts and developer BioWare that have talked to GamesBeat anonymously,” says the report.
“The video is the result of EA scrambling to fulfill a promise that BioWare made. The studio made that promise even though EA brass was not aware that the Mass Effect and Anthem developer was going to do so.”
We don’t know why BioWare acted like that, but there’s a chance it wanted to make it clear that the game was in the making while instead, EA wanted to focus on Anthem’s release which was just three months away.
At the time being, we don’t know whether this has changed the relationship between Electronic Arts and the developer.