With the ongoing silence relating to single-player DLCs three months after launch, some fans are wondering if the deep development of Mass Effect 4 may be influencing the development time of the Dragon Age: Inquisition DLCs. Some important things to note:
- As of late January, Mike Laidlaw stated that there was still nothing to say about DLC. Though that could be because the fine folks at Inquisitr keep harassing him. Have we mentioned lately how much we absolutely abhor the Inquisitr?
- Large DLC has traditionally come out five to six months following a title. Given that Witcher 3 is coming out at the same time, hype would be expected*.
- Mass Effect 4 should be in a critical state of development — it was halfway through development in early 2014.
- Mass Effect 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition share the same core writing staff, which may now be stretched thin.
* Of course, it could be the opposite; they could be waiting to hype it specifically because Witcher 3 will be coming out soon.
If Mass Effect 4 is delaying DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, it may be for the best; it’s better that the writing staff focus on one thing at a time. The beauty of the games is not something that is easily reproduced by just anyone; the core writers for these games are the heart and soul of them.
And, of course, there is no entitlement to DLC; Bioware carefully avoided discussing any certainties about DLC throughout their development cycle. Though the game did end on a rather shocking and cliffhanger-esque note, it’s likely that DLC isn’t going to address this, regardless.