Publishing giant Electronic Arts has apparently told developers at BioWare to remove a planned multiplayer mode from the upcoming Dragon Age.
That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that the next entry in the blockbuster fantasy RPG series will be solely single-player. This is due to EA apparently being "stung by a recent multiplayer flop." It's likely that's a reference to fellow BioWare game Anthem; the studio was prototyping ways to improve the sci-fi RPG, but EA opted to cancel this updated version of the title.
Apparently Respawn's Star Wars title Jedi: Fallen Order played a role in convincing EA that these kinds of single-player, narrative-driven games can be successful. In recent years, like many triple-A publishers, EA has been focused on multiplayer or service-based games.
EA forecast that Jedi: Fallen Order would shift between six and eight million units between its November 2019 launch and the financial year-end in March 2020. The company increased this forecast to 10 million after the game "significantly beat" EA's expectations in its first two months on the market. In its investor call for the year ending March 2020, EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed that more than 10 million people had played Jedi: Fallen Order.
A number of high-profile staff have left BioWare in recent months, but Wilson told investors that EA wasn't alarmed.