EA scraps multiplayer service
Following yesterday’s report on the shutdown of Anthem, BioWare has announced a major change in response. The upcoming Dragon Age 4 will now be entirely a solo RPG as BioWare's publisher EA has scrapped its initial plan for the game to be a multiplayer orientated service.
Not only has the failure of Anthem’s online multiplayer model forced EA to re-evaluate the direction of Dragon Age 4, but also from the overwhelming success of EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (a single player game). Fans and critics praised Fallen Order for lacking micro-transactions, loot mechanics and grind driven gameplay that had characterised the publisher’s releases such as Star Wars: Battlefront II, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem. Instead gamers were pleased with Fallen Order’s traditional solo experience that was fully self-contained without additional DLC.
Jason Schreier who first broke the news revealed that the remaining staff members from Anthem have joined the Dragon Age 4 team. He notes BioWare internally realises how critical the success of the next Dragon Age is for the company’s future.