Dragon Age reportedly embracing multiplayer gaming, with playable dragons

Mass Effect 3 is doing it, so why not Dragon Age? BioWare releases the trilogy-capping next entry in its sci-fi RPG Mass Effect series in March, and for the first time the series will feature an online multiplayer component in the form of a co-op-driven wave-based survival mode. Now there’s word that one of the developer’s forthcoming Dragon Age will follow the example set by ME3, that is if an unnamed Electronic Arts insider speaking to Kotaku is to be believed.

The alleged new multiplayer mode is described as “an arena-based affair and features player versus environment (PvE) elements as well as player versus player (PvP), as well as humans fighting dragons.” It’s not clear if this will be a component of Dragon Age 3 or a standalone product, though BioWare’s attitude toward the multiplayer in ME3 serving to enhance the single-player experience certainly suggests that an online component in Dragon Age will follow a similar path.

The source also mentions that this mysterious Dragon Age multiplayer game is being built on the Frostbite 2 engine, the one that DICE created and used to power Battlefield 3.