It’s an understatement to say that the world that Bioware’s Dragon Age series explores is big. Up until the recent Inquisition it felt like we had only scratched at the surface of Thedas. The first game in the series took place in the feudalistic backwater of Ferelden while the second played out almost entirely within the city of Kirkwall. Bioware have built up a setting every bit as fascinating as the best of them and and while a fourth Dragon Age might be a while off, it’s definitely coming and it’s hard to be certain about where in Thedas it’ll take us.
Of all the unexplored places in Dragon Age this feels like the most natural culprit for a fourth game. It’s the oldest existing human nation in Thedas and a place where mages are treated vastly differently to elsewhere, ruling via a magocracy. The Tevinter Empire once spanned the entirety of Thedas but is now a shadow of its former self, it’s an empire that’s falling apart at the seams despite its efforts to pretend otherwise. It’s like nothing else we’ve seen in Dragon Age Thus Far and someone that fans are dying to see first hand.
If the next Dragon Age really wanted to totally separate itself from I nquisition, taking the series to Antiva would be one way to do it. Homeland of the evercharming assassin Zevran, Antiva is painted as a sort of hybrid of Spain and Italy with the rich suave culture to match it. It’s home to the famed House of Crows and politically positioned to drag half of Thedas into war if it’s ever attacked. Given Antiva’s reputation for its seaworthiness, it’s easy to imagine a naval exploration element in play here too. A Dragon Age game set here could easily become the Black Flag of the franchise.