The Dragon Age fantasy RPG franchise will officially be getting a third installment, to no ones real surprise. The official word comes from Alistair McNelly, the senior director for creative development at the games developer BioWare. On a post on his Twitter page this week he states flat out, "Im looking for exceptional environment artists to join me at #BioWare Edmonton, Canada to work on #DragonAge3."
The Dragon Age series was first announced way back in 2004, back when BioWare was still an independent game developer and well before it was acquired by its current owner Electronic Arts. It was shown to game journalists behind closed doors at BioWares booth back at E3 2004. However after that the game went into stealth mode for several years. In 2008, BioWare reintroduced the game with a new name, Dragon Age Origins, at E3 2008. The final game, where the player character has to fight off a demonic invasion in an original fantasy world, was released in the fall of 2009. The game was mostly hailed by game critics and won or was nominated for a number of Game of the Year awards.
Dragon Age Origins received a commercial expansion pack, Dragon Age Origins Awakening, in March 2010. It also received a large number of paid downloadable mini-expansions. A full sequel, Dragon Age 2, was announced in July 2010 and was released in March of this year. It again received mostly solid reviews from critics. The Dragon Age franchise has also expanded to include a web Flash-based RPG game and a Facebook game. There have also been novels, comic books, and a pen-and-paper RPG based on the series. EA plans to release an animated Dragon Age movie for DVD release this year along with a downloadable live action video series, Dragon Age Redemption, this summer.