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Dragon Age 4 is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X / S and PC, but it will not get versions for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. This is not too shocking, but it does show that developers like BioWare are ready to leave behind the latest generation consoles. This news comes from the LinkedIn profile of Dragon Age’s lead player designer at BioWare (hat tip for Faizan Shaikh). But I have also separately confirmed that EA is only planning the game for the new generation systems.
Moving on to new hardware seems like a natural order for video game software development, but it’s something that many companies shy away from. BioWare last released Mass Effect: Legendary Edition in May. But that collection did not even get a version native to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. Instead, EA and BioWare released it only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and then used backward compatibility on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S.
EA is also preparing to launch DICE’s Battlefield 2042 as a cross-gene game. The modern-military shooter will debut on November 19 – a year after the release of the Xbox Series X and PS5 – but EA is not ready to leave last-gen gamers behind yet.
Dragon Age 4 does not need cross-gen to succeed
Although EA is not yet ready to leave PS4 and Xbox One Battlefield fans, it is preparing to do just that for BioWare games. The reason for this discrepancy is that the market is changing rapidly.
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As time marches forward, developers and publishers see declining benefits for generations. Support for older hardware can lead to complications for developers who need to get their games running on old, slow CPUs and GPUs. This is something that is causing problems for Battlefield 2042 in particular. But the reality is that the audience that is most likely to spend money on buying new games will quickly move on to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
When Dragon Age 4 is ready, the new consoles will have a large audience capable of turning games with blockbuster budgets into games with blockbuster sales.
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