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Pachter believes “a significant portion” Dragon Age 3 team “was reassigned” to SWTOR

Tuesday, 8th May 2012 20:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes the extra manpower at BioWare was pulled into Star Wars: The Old Republic development has consequentially slowed development on Dragon Age 3.

Speaking in an industry note, Pachter said he expected the next installment in the Dragon Age series to release in Q4 2013, but it appears to have “slipped into FY14″ instead.

“We believe that a significant portion of the BioWare team responsible for the game was reassigned to Star Wars in order to create content and fix bugs to keep the game’s audience engaged,” Pachter said, adding that despite the lack of news on the game, he is still “bullish” on EA’s growth.

“We remain incorrigibly positive on the EA story,” he said. “Despite a relatively low number of packaged good releases this year, we expect EA to grow revenue and earnings, primarily due to unrivalled digital strength. We believe EA represents the best opportunity for investors to benefit from continued digital growth for the industry next year, as well as from a likely rebound in packaged goods sales next year.”

During PAX East, Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw said that while nothing regarding a third installment in the series has been announced or confirmed, the team was looking into locations for the next game and organizing player feedback before going into full-on development mode.

In March, the series’ executive producer Mark Darrah said the team had “moved on” from DA2 development and onto “the next phase of Dragon Age’s future.”

Maybe something towards the end of the year will be announced, like, oh we don’ know, the VGAs? It’s possible, but don’t put any money on it.

Thanks, GI International.

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  1. ManuOtaku

    If patcher believes this, well in reality what had happened was the other way around. a significant portion of SWOTOR team was reassigned to DRAGON AGE 3, so it will come sooner, the poor guy cannot catch a break with his predictions, really :) / 8D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    @1

    Thats actually wrong. No team from TOR went to Dragon Age 3. Actually the Dragon AGe 2 team went to Mass Effect 3 for the MP.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    #2 man i tried to place a poke fun comment at patcher, obviously i didnt succeed T_T, i will put a smile face ok sometimes faces help.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. endgame

    LOL Manu! :D

    @2 He just made a joke mate. Enjoy it! :))

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Not sure where the joke is.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    #5 well sorry, sometimes iam not funny really, that doesnt mean i will not try anymore, although iam a fun person, i mean i love funny things etc, but what i did try to imply was that most of the time when he says one thing it happens the other way around, because his predictions most of the time are wrong, like day and night, really sorry man.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    I figured thats where the humor was. It very hard to understand the intention with text.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    THIS IS NO LAUGHING MATTER!!!

    100% SRS BZNSS. 100% OF THE TIME.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. mehdidante

    just make the dragon age bioware . my pc is dying for another dragon age :-”

    #9 2 years ago
  10. GrimRita

    I think one thing is certain. All these predictions etc etc are full of bull shit. The last one predicted that SWTOR would lose around 450k by end of March 2013 – well only a year out I guess! lol http://www.vg247.com/2012/04/19/analyst-swtor-could-lose-450k-subscriptions-by-end-of-current-fiscal-year/

    And the team behind SWTOR probably didnt come from DA3 – they came from the Muppet Show.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Aliasmos

    In my eyes Bioware are just making excuses for the shit they’ve been bringing out recently:

    ME3: good until the endings as they were basically all the same
    DA2: they don’t want enraged fans once again and they need more time to make a game that won’t force a revolution of angered gamers/nerds to go on a killing spree and introduce the zombie virus into the populace
    SWTOR: to be honest I’ve heard nothing but insults on how shite that game is and I have no desire to inflict that pain upon my pc

    Quit the crap and bring out a new game already, this shit is getting boring now, the only descent excuse they can actually use now is they made a new next gen console, or they made the game but it causes consoles to explode

    #11 2 years ago