BioWare Takes Dragon Age Back to the Drawing Board

With Mass Effect 3 hogging the headlines for all the right (and wrong) reasons this month, BioWare feels now is the time to reveal that the Dragon Age series is in for what sounds like a serious bout of self-reflection.

After the second game in the series bitterly disappointed many fans, and with it now being a year since the release of the ill-fated RPG, executive producer Mark Darrah has posted an open letter on BioWare's forums in which he basically says "tell us where you want the series to go next".

"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", he writes.

"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!"

While it'll be tempting to go all out and ask for everything, the most sensible course of action for fans might be to simply ask "hey, you know the first Dragon Age, make another game like that again".

In the same letter, Darrah seems to also pour cold water on hopes for any more Dragon Age II DLC, saying "while we will still be keeping an eye out for any issues that might crop up in DAII and supporting the community should any mergencies should arise, we're moving the entire team's focus to the next phase of Dragon Age's future."

Mark Darrah on the conclusion of Dragon Age II [BioWare]