Electronic Arts and Bioware have confirmed Dragon Age: Dreadwolf as the official title for the next entry in the fantasy RPG series.
Technically, this title was already known, thanks to the game’s initial teaser trailer ending on the tease that “the Dreadwolf rises”, and while it may seem surprising that Bioware has seemingly revealed the identity of the Dreadwolf in trailers, fans have known about Solas since he appeared in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Also known as Fen’Harel, the Dread Wolf is a trickster god who, despite being kin to both pantheons, sealed both the the Creators and the Forgotten Ones away in their own realms.
Over the course of Inquisition, players can learn that not only may Fen’Harel in fact be a god of rebellion, but also that a number of the heinous acts, such as the murder of the goddess Mythal, were falsely attributed to him.
A post-credit scene also shows that it was Solas who gave the Orb of Destruction to Corypheus in order to orchestrate the unlocking of its power, only helping the player as a means to achieving his own ends. However, thanks to Solas’ deep slumber, he no longer had to power to utilize the Orb.
Amid this revelation, Solas is called the Dread Wolf by Flemeth. Further DLC claimed Solas was the true name of Fen’Harel, who had rebelled against false Elven gods and fought to bring freedom and prosperity to the ancient elves, no matter the cost.
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“Solas, the Dread Wolf. Some say he might be an ancient elven god, but some say not,” BioWare stated when announcing the game’s title, somewhat dodging the truth of his identity. “Others say a betrayer of his people…or a savior who now seeks to rescue them at the cost of your world.
“His motives are inscrutable and his methods sometimes questionable, earning him a reputation as something of a trickster deity—a player of dark and dangerous games,” they added.
Bioware then teased players, “Whether you’re new to Dragon Age stories or you’ve experienced them all, using Solas’s namesake no doubt suggests a spectrum of endless possibilities on where things may go. But at the core of this, like every past game, is you.”
“If you’re new to Dragon Age, you have no need to worry about not having met our antagonist just yet,” the developer assured. “He’ll properly introduce himself when the time is right, but we did hint at his return when we announced #TheDreadWolfRises back in 2018.”
Acknowleding how players may “have questions”, Bioware promised that “they’ll be answered in time”.
“While the game won’t be releasing this year, we’re growing closer to that next adventure,” the developer affirmed. “Rest assured, Solas is placing his pieces on the board as we speak. That’s all we have for now, but we hope knowing the official title has sparked some intrigue, as we’ll be talking more about the game later this year!”
Previous trailers have suggested that when the game does release, the player will start out as an individual of no renown or power – in other words, the exact the sort of person the magisters of the Tevinter Imperium, darkspawn, or even the Dread Wolf himself would never see coming.
Venture Beat reported in 2021 that, according to their sources, the game was aiming for a 2023 release. This date was later reiterated by video game journalist Jeff Grubb, who added that he had heard the game was in “very good shape.”
There are signs development may have been troubled however, as in the course of its development, four major Dragon Age-associated executives have left Bioware.
Those who have exited include Lead Producer Fernando Melo in 2019, series’ executive producer Mark Darrah in 2020 and both studio General Manager Casey Hudson and Senior Creative Director Matt Goldman just last year.
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