BioWare has announced it has dropped plans for a Dragon Age 2 expansion, instead opting to move the franchise into its ‘next phase.’
Dragon Age 2 executive producer Mark Darrah revealed the news in a piece on the BioWare Social Network.
"While we will still be keeping an eye out for any issues that might crop up in DAII and supporting the community should any emergencies should arise, we’re moving the entire team’s focus to the next phase of Dragon Age’s future," wrote 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. 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.
"On behalf of the entire team, we are incredibly eager to reach the moment when we can tell you more and show you where we are taking Dragon Age. But for now, thank you for your continued support, and we will be back here with more as soon as we can," he continued.
Exalted March was the working title of the now canned expansion.
Darrah and the rest of the Dragon Age team seem to be acutely aware of how Dragon Age 2 was generally perceived (they’re more than likely keen on current Mass Effect 3 rumblings as well), as they are approaching the development of Dragon Age 3 with open eyes and ears toward fans of the series.
"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?"