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Bioware announces Dragon Age Dreadwolf has hit alpha

On Wednesday Bioware announced that its upcoming project, Dragon Age Dreadwolf has hit the alpha milestone stage of development.

“Up to this point, we’ve been working hard on the various parts of the game, but it’s not until the Alpha milestone that a game all comes together,” Bioware’s Gary McKay wrote in a blog post. “Now, for the first time, we can experience the entire game, from the opening scenes of the first mission to the very end. We can see, hear, feel, and play everything as a cohesive experience.”

The post goes on to explain why hitting the alpha milestone is so important for a game’s development. The developers can now focus on bringing the game’s visual fidelity and iteration on gameplay features to their final forms. After hitting alpha, the developers can also evaluate how the narrative elements in Dragon Age Dreadwolf will play out, including the evolution of relationships, player progression, and how the story is actually being executed in the game.

“Whether followers, allies, or villains, they’re [the characters] woven into the game in ways that take a concept that’s always been a part of the Dragon Age DNA—stories about people—and push it further than ever before,” McKay wrote. “The characters help contextualize the world and the stakes, and I can’t wait until we’re able to start really discussing them in depth.”

“It’s also exciting to finally be able to bring our fans to parts of the world that we’ve previously hinted at, but never been able to fully explore—like the city of Minrathous, the capital of the Tevinter Empire. We’ve talked about Minrathous in previous games, and now you’ll finally be able to visit! It’s a city built on and fueled by magic, and the ways in which that has come through in its visual identity, and what that looks like in comparison to previous cities we’ve visited in Dragon Age, are pretty spectacular.”

McKay closed out the post my mentioning that Dragon Age Dreadwolf isn’t the only iron Bioware has in the fire right now.

“We have a team hard at work envisioning what the future holds for a new single-player Mass Effect™ game. And we look forward to celebrating our community on N7 Day next month. The SWTOR team also continues to work on their next update, so keep an eye on and their social media accounts for any and all details on the coming game update.”

Ty Galiz-Rowe

Ty is a freelance games writer and esports expert.