The next Dragon Age to be shown earlier, will include fan feedback

BioWare is turning its eye towards what’s next for its Dragon Age franchise, having taken to Twitter and the official forums today to tell fans that the studio will be, according to franchise director Mike Laidlaw, “very actively” looking for feedback from the community, also promising to show the game “more than before as it develops.”

Adds Dragon Age II‘s executive producer Mark Darrah: “You’ve most certainly heard the rumors floating around, and unfortunately I can’t really comment on them.  However, what I can say is that we’ve been thinking a lot about Dragon Age – what it means, and where it could go.”

BioWare has been fending off the fans with a few of its latest releases; many were not pleased with the direction Dragon Age II took, and by now you’ve surely heard the thunder the ending of Mass Effect 3 has caused.

For those fans, the following words may offer some relief: “This past year, we’ve spent a lot of time both going back to the ‘BioWare vault’ of games and re-examining them, and looking at some new possibilities that today’s industry allows.”

“With that, the next thing for the Dragon Age team members and I to do is hear from you, and not just on the forums, or Facebook, or Twitter.  We’ll be attending a number of conventions and gatherings, including PAX East in April.  The most valuable thing we can get out of those meetings is to hear from you on those same topics – what does Dragon Age mean to you, and where would you like to see it go?  We’re excited to hear what you have to say!”

The project hinted at here is most likely Dragon Age III then. Though yet to be announced, a few rumors have snuck out. Namely, the third entry has been said to strike a balance between the first two games and, perhaps more interestingly, include a Frostbite 2-powered multiplayer mode.