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See the separate trivia entries for the individual installments of the franchise:


Trivia for the franchise as a whole:

  • Permanent Placeholder: A common thing in the series, especially in regards to naming things. For instance, the name of the setting, "Thedas", was an acronym ("The Dragon Age Setting") used by the devs to refer to the world while they thought of a proper name for it. Fast forward to a few years later, and nobody even considered naming it anything else.
  • Troubled Production: Rather unfortunately, every game in the series since Origins has been hit with this:
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    • Dragon Age 2 was rushed by EA to meet a deadline of Spring 2011, even though the team were barely recovering from releasing Origins 18 months prior. Some sources even claim that, not counting pre-production (which by all accounts was also very brief), the game was developed in the span of about 8 months. This led to the streamlined combat, poor level design and rushed third act, which all contributed to the game's mixed reception.
    • Inquisition was made on EA's Frostbite engine, which was made for beautiful shooter games... and little else. Bioware had to force the engine to work for role-playing-games and various planned features such as fortress sieges had to be cut.
    • Dragon Age 4 hasn't even had its release date revealed and already rumors are concerning about the game. As mentioned below, Kotaku has unveiled that the game underwent a massive reboot around late 2017 that would have followed up on the sequel hook from the Tresspasser expansion, but that got cancelled and rebooted. Development would then be halted so that the Dragon Age team could help try and scrap together Anthem in time for its Spring 2019 release.
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  • What Could Have Been: The first iteration of Dragon Age 4, codenamed "Joplin", was to be about a group of spies in the Tevinter Imperium and would center on heists, which would have a lot of variability and Story Branching, depending on how you approached themnote . "Joplin", however, was canceled in October 2017 and rebooted as "Project Morrison" a.k.a. "The Dread Wolf Rises". The supplemental comics Knight Errant and Dragon Age: Deception, both of which focused on heists, were probably leading up to "Joplin", but tellingly, Deception was Cut Short to just three issues (instead of the usual six) right around the time of the reboot.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Dragon Age Wiki.

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