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If players want to try the next entry in the Dragon Age series on consoles, they’ll have to get their hands on PS5 or Xbox Series X/S. According to a report from VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, Dragon Age 4 will be the only next-gen title, marking it as one of the few major third-party releases that ditches PS4 and Xbox One entirely.
While Grubb claims to have independently confirmed that EA is planning to release Dragon Age 4 exclusive on next-gen hardware, more evidence of this claim comes from the LinkedIn profile for the game’s former main player designer. The profile, which belongs to Daniel Nordlander, shows he’s been working on the upcoming Dragon Age title, which he lists as releasing only on next-gen hardware as well as PC.
However, it is entirely possible that Nordlander’s information is out of date. According to his profile, he has stopped working on Dragon Age 4 in October 2020. In the time since, it’s entirely possible that development for the game has evolved to include last-gen consoles.
While last-gen hardware is aging somewhat, developers still want to take advantage of players who stick with their PS4 or Xbox One. Can’t blame them either, as picking up PS5 or Xbox Series X/S remains a huge hassle that seems to have no end. As long as picking new hardware is tough, developers will likely continue to emphasize cross-generational releases for their titles. Notably, Battlefield 2042 will release as a cross-generational title, although players on the last-gen console won’t have access to some of the features their current-generation counterparts will.