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Dragon Age 4: Release date, trailers, gameplay & Solas

Published: 11/Feb/2021 12:08 Updated: 11/Feb/2021 12:09

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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Dragon Age, Bioware’s incredibly popular and gripping saga is set to continue with the upcoming release of Dragon Age 4 – but what do we know about it so far? From release dates, to trailers and gameplay, we’ve got you covered on all there is to get excited about.

Fans all over the world are eager to once against step into the vast world of Thedas and explore what Bioware has in store for players upon release.

Following the Trespasser DLC for Inquisition released way back in September of 2015, fans are waiting to know what the storyline will focus on, and how much the iconic betrayer that is Solas, will be featured.

Dragon Age 4 castle with godrays
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The twisting spires of the teaser trailers all-but confirm Tevinter as a setting.

Dragon Age 4 release date

Currently, we have no release date on specifics as to when DA4 will be available. With titles such as Anthem – which has gone down in the history books as one of the biggest failed AAA launches – and Mass Effect: Andromeda taking priority, it’s very likely that we will see a release for the fourth entry any time after Spring 2022.

This was further solidified when Blake Jorgensen, EA’s CFO state in an earnings call that, “you should assume that Dragon Age—it’s out there, we’ve talked about it publicly that it’s in the works—it probably comes after fiscal 22.”

Dragon Age 4 trailers

While we’ve had no solid gameplay reveals, Bioware has treated fans to two teaser trailers that aim to showcase the setting and theme of the next title.

The first, released way back in 2018, was primarily to build hype – and that it did. Featuring a fantastic score and gorgeous imagery, the trailer started a fire in the hearts of fans everywhere.

Dragon Age 2018 Game Awards trailer

With a chilling quote from former companion Solas who states, “so, you’ve found me at last,” we’re given a small hint into what route the story will be taking – likely carrying on to some degree from Inquisition.

The video’s description states, “I suspect you have questions” with the #TheDreadWolfRises hashtag, further solidifying Solas’ role within the game.

Dragon Age behind the scenes trailer

In August 2020, Bioware shared a behind-the-scenes look at the developers working on the next Dragon Age title. Featuring concept art, and even some small glimpses at in-game locales, from twisted oak trees in a shroud of darkness and icy, frozen plains, this was a treat that hyped up fans for the next trailer to come.

Dragon Age 2020 Game Awards trailer

Two years after the announcement teaser back in 2018, the Game Awards trailer of 2020 provided fan-service to die-hard Dragon Age fans everywhere.

Featuring the narration of fan-favorite dwarven companion, Varric, he tells us that he will stand beside us in our journey, and that this is “your story.” We also got glimpses of the game’s setting itself, with the iconic location all-but-confirmed.

What is Dragon Age 4 about?

From the latest 2020 trailer we were treated to, Varric’s narration confirms that the game will focus on a new protagonist to the series – with the prior Inquisitor stepping away.

He states that “it’s time for a new hero. No magic hand, no ancient prophecy.”  It seems as if the titular character will be someone of little power within the world of Thedas, someone who they will “never see coming.”

Gameplay

As with prior games, players will undoubtedly be taking on all manner of Darkspawn and creatures within the game, from dragons through to demons.

Dragon Age 4 city location
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This stunning screenshot showcases just how the next title will step-up its game.

The official Dragon Age landing page confirms that the expected focus on building relationships and enemies:  Friendship, drama, and romance abound as you bring striking individuals together into an extraordinary team. Become the hero and light the beacon of hope in their darkest moments.”


For now, this is all we have on the highly-anticipated Dragon Age 4. Stay tuned right here at Dexerto for all the new updates regarding this title.

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Diablo 2 Resurrected release date: trailer, gameplay

Published: 19/Feb/2021 20:57 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 17:42

by Lauren Bergin

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At BlizzConline, Blizzard Entertainment revealed the latest details for the amalgamated Vicarious Visions’ work on the iconic Diablo 2 remake: Diablo II Resurrected.

Throughout their extensive history in the gaming sphere, Blizzard Entertainment have created some classic games. From World of Warcraft to Overwatch, there’s a title for everyone.

One of these classics, however, is the Diablo series. In the past year, we’ve seen everything from a Diablo IV announcement to an insane cosplay fusing Diablo and Overwatch’s universes, but there’s still more exciting news about the devilish franchise.

After absorbing Vicarious Visions, the developers seem to have been tasked with remastering the legendary Diablo II. At BlizzConline, the latest fruits of that labor were revealed.

Diablo 2 Resurrected release date

While an exact release date has yet to be announced, it has been confirmed that Diablo 2 Resurrected will be launching sometime in 2021.

Diablo 2 Resurrected trailer

 

Is Diablo 2 Resurrected the same game?

Diablo II originally dropped in 2000, over 20 years ago. Heralded as one of the best games ever made, it’s become yet another one for Blizzard’s already pretty prestigious history books.

Diablo 2 Resurrected is an exact copy of the original title, only with enhanced graphics. It has no new content, but does include new enhanced features.

Diablo II Character Creation 2000
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Diablo II, released in 2000, is still a fan favorite.

Resurrected continues on the current Diablo II Patch, 1.14D, and therefore will carry over all of your prior progress.

Diablo 2 Resurrected new features

As far as the remake goes, the game will feature a full remaster (including shot-for-shot redos of all 27 minutes of cinematics) in high-res 4K with 3D visuals, new animations, and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. (If you want to go old school though, there will also be a “classic graphics” mode.)

Diablo IV Cover Art Blizzard Entertainment 2021
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Diablo IV has also been announced, with more details at BlizzConline.

Resurrected also boasts cross-platform PvP, alongside changes to ladder season, which they’re looking to decrease from 6 month-windows.

Players will also be able to utilize an advanced stats panel, alongside getting rid of the need for mule characters when it comes to the new live shared stash, which sees players accessing cross-character items.

Diablo 2 Resurrected platforms

As for systems, Blizzard has noted that the game will be available on PC and all consoles (including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch). As a bonus there, the game will also feature cross-progression so that players can keep leveling their characters, no matter the platform closest to them.

Ensure that you check back here as more information drops. When an official release date is specified, we’ll be sure to update this page.

So many release dates are uncertain in 2021, but here’s everything we know about the big games fans are looking forward to this year and beyond:

Battlefield 6 | Diablo 2 | GTA 6 | Pokemon Snap | Rainbow Six Quarantine | Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart | Starfield | Horizon Forbidden West | Forza 8 | Elder Scrolls 6 | FIFA 22 | God of War Ragnarok | Hogwarts Legacy