There had been rumors (and a vague BioWare tease) going into this week that the next Dragon Age would be unveiled soon, and BioWare has now released a very short but intriguing teaser for the next game.
When we say it’s short, we mean it. Most of the trailer is focused on showing what seems to be a red lyrium idol, and then it depicts a beautiful mural that’s bound to get Dragon Age lore enthusiasts excited (and did it certainly make us excited). At the end, you hear the voice of none other than Fen’Harel, whose identity you know if you finished Dragon Age: Inquisition. We get no title, but we do get a screen with the hashtag ”#TheDreadWolfRises,” confirming Fen’Harel will make a significant return in the next game.
“While we won’t be sharing any details for now, I can tell you we have been building a new team around a core of Dragon Age veterans, people I’ve worked with on Dragon Age, Jade Empire, and some of whom I’ve worked with since the Baldur’s Gate days,” says Mark Darrah, the series’ executive producer, in a short post on the BioWare blog.
The aforementioned rumors, which spawned from a report over at VentureBeat, indicate that the next Dragon Age game is at least three years away. It’s a solid timeline; the game has been in development for some time now, but with Anthem taking up the spotlight for the next year or so, it feels right that the next Dragon Age game will take that long to see the light. At least we now have official confirmation that the project exists, even though it’s been known for some time.
So what could the picture on the BioWare blog post, which is of the mural depicted in the trailer, mean? For all the Dragon Age lore enthusiasts out there—particularly elven lore enthusiasts—we have some spoiler theories.
One interpretation is that the person on the left of the mural might be Mythal’s latest host. In the ancient elven pantheon, there were nine gods. The circle in the middle of the mural shows seven orbs, with two glowing yellow; the two figures depicted in the mural make up the remaining two to complete the nine. Perhaps the orbs represent two elven gods wanting to break free. Or maybe, considering there have been five blights by the time of present-day Thedas, and there are five circles that have no light, perhaps the orbs represent the blights and how many remain. It’s implied in the series that the elven gods are the archdemons, so it’s not impossible. Or, lastly, perhaps the figure on the left is the ancient elven god known as Falon’Din, who is mentioned in Dragon Age: Inquisition and is known to be a cloaked figure with an oak staff. It’s anyone’s guess at this point, since these are all just loose theories, but fans are already clamoring over this one image, showing BioWare’s ability to make fans become so invested in the universes the studio creates.
Watch the teaser trailer below.