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Dragon Age 2 DLC cancelled as Bioware considers series' “next phase”

Bioware has been “thinking a lot about Dragon Age – what it means, and where it could go,” says Dragon Age II executive producer Mark Darrah, and the company's moving onto the future of the franchise. On the occasion of DAII's one-year anniversary, the Bioware exec made a forum post to let fans know the franchise is moving forward, putting aside a mooted DLC continuation for sequel hero Hawke.

“While we will still be keeping an eye out for any issues that might crop up in DAII and supporting the community,” says Darrah, “we’re moving the entire team’s focus to the next phase of Dragon Age’s future.” Over DAII's year in the spotlight, Darrah says his team have been “both going back to the 'BioWare vault' of games and re-examining them, and looking at some new possibilities that today’s industry allows.”

To that end, the saga of Dragon Age II's Hawke may yet see conclusion, “but likely not in a playable form,” says Darrah: “Originally we had planned to do an expansion pack but had to stop to focus on what we are working on now.” That means last October's DLC, which we detailed in our Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin review, is most likely the game's final playable chapter.

The producer clarified that the canned expansion pack was conceived well after Dragon Age II's release, and that its cancellation won't leave fans hanging: “Hawke's actions in DA2 have changed the world. This will have an impact.” Translation: Dragon Age has plenty of places to take fans yet, so there's no need to overreact. This isn't Mass Effect 3, after all.

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17 comments

  • chunk-basker - September 19, 2012 12:22 a.m.

    Lol strategic boss fights? This game failed to ever let you enjoy anything from your builds. The game was so short it felt they left out 6/10'ths of the game out on purpose so you'd have to buy it.. This is the pure definition of a gaming company thinkin they can get away with selling you a half assed not even 1/3 completed game and thinking they can get away with charging you more for dlc. This game put me off of bioware for good.
  • kerry-le-blanc - March 30, 2012 10:18 p.m.

    Hell I'm glad they're remaking the Baldur's Gate Trilogy, I still play it, almost 15 yrs and people still play it, kinda glad no more dlc's for da2, one of the few great things about da2 was Isabela and her dialogue and banter
  • Whit - March 20, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    Who says EA ruins development houses? Sad to see Bioware cranking out crappier and crappier games. What is next up? A reboot of Baulder's Gate? Sorry BW--after SWTOR, the crappy ending for ME3, and now not finishing what you started with DA2--I'm done. If I want to play any more of your games, I grab the torrent before I drop another dime.
  • DoctorCrazy - March 20, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    So I'm guessing this means I can stop waiting for a DA 2 bundle with all the DLC to be released and just pick up an original copy?
  • Mezolitik - March 20, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    After ME 2 and 3, I have high hopes for whatever Bioware/EA has planned for Dragon Age. And for the new Command and Conquer. I think we might come to remember DA2 as a blip in the matrix, rather than a new direction for the series.
  • Slayer11496 - March 20, 2012 2:25 a.m.

    Jade Empire 2 anyone?
  • Incognito - March 19, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    I adored Dragon Age: Origins. Sunk countless hours into the game. Then Dragon Age 2 and I was initially thrilled. Then I started really looking at the game and seeing how much it was lacking compared to the first. I lost all desire to keep playing and stopped after one play through. I really don't want the series to end, I just want it to get back to what it was. I still play Origins occasionally… that should attest to the quality of the game.
  • tiben36 - March 19, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    dragon age sucks anyways THANK YOU HAMBURGER HELPER
  • Shinn - March 19, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    Dragon Age: Origins 2 anyone?
  • sirdilznik - March 19, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    I hope "moving on" means canning the series entirely and making a new Jade empire game instead. After DA:O I was somewhat excited for DA2. After DA2 I have no desire to ever play a DA3.
  • Cenobite85 - March 19, 2012 10:28 p.m.

    Another Jade Empire game would be fantastic. And I was so dissapointed in 2 I don't want to play another one if they continue the series.
  • IsaacShadow - March 19, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    Biowar fails to deliver on closure on a game. After Mass Effect 3, I'm not surprised.
  • patbateman17 - March 20, 2012 6:42 a.m.

    Maybe that's their next game, Biowar. That sounds like a Tom Clancy sponsored game though. Yes, I'm an asshole ;)
  • IsaacShadow - March 20, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    lol
  • Brutalicus - March 19, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    I liked 2. Not enough to buy any of the DLC, but I liked it more than 1. Maybe I'll replay it sometime in the next year or so. Yes, less enemies jumping from nowhere, more strategic boss fights, more companion customization would be great in the next chapter. And, lest you think I'm daft... more than six or seven environments.
  • TheRandomFool - March 19, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    So long as they bring back the storytelling from the first and make the combat a bit less *BOOM INSTANT GORE EXPLOSION EVERYWHERE ON EVERYTHING* It will be good. Let us pray... Also, BIOWARE Y U NO MAKE JADE EMPIRE SEQUEL/REDO/SOMETHING!?!?!
  • CoruptAI125 - March 19, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    The last sentence made me chuckle. Also here's to hoping DA3 is more like DA1 then 2.

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