As expected, BioWare just dropped a very brief teaser for its next Dragon Age game at The Game Awards 2018.

What was not expected, however, was the confirmation this next Dragon Age game would see the return of Dragon Age: Inquisition character Solas.

If you haven't completed Inquisition, well you won't know the significance of the #DreadWolfRises hashtag at the end of the teaser. But go play it, it's great.

Dragon Age 4 - which will almost certainly not be called that - has been in pre-production on and off for several years. It's taken a backseat while BioWare finishes Anthem, due this coming spring, but has now been formally confirmed as the studio's next project. It's been a long wait!

"We have been working on a new Dragon Age game for quite a while now and I am pleased to finally tease the existence of this project!" executive producer Mark Darrah said in an accompanying BioWare blog post.

"While we won't be sharing any details for now, I can tell you we have been building a new team around a core of Dragon Age veterans, people I've worked with on Dragon Age, Jade Empire, and some of whom I've worked with since the Baldur's Gate days."

BioWare veteran Matthew Goldman is Dragon Age's new creative director - and in his statement he confirmed companions, romance and big choices will all be returning (which seems aimed directly at criticism of Anthem, which does not have these).

"Making players into heroes of their own stories has been my real-life quest since Baldur's Gate," Goldman said.

"Over the years I've taken on increasing challenges: building vast living worlds, devising fun party-based combat and illustrating fantastic stories. Now, I'm honored and excited to continue BioWare's rich legacy of colorful companions, romance and epic choices in my favorite fantasy franchise.

"We've gathered our strongest team yet and are venturing forth on the most epic quest ever!"

A report earlier this week suggested Dragon Age would not launch for at least another couple of years - something Eurogamer also understands to be true.

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