BioWare has officially pulled the plug on the planned Dragon Age 2: The Exalted March DLC, with series executive producer Mark Darrah confirming that the team is instead shifting its attention to the next game in the series. The news came initially from Darrah's Twitter and was later followed by a full statement on the studio's official forums.
A third Dragon Age game was pretty much a foregone conclusion, though this is the closest we've heard yet to actual confirmation that it's coming down the pipe soon. To be clear, Darrah's says that "we're moving the entire team's focus to the next phase of Dragon Age's future." In other words, it's not 100 percent confirmation that the next game to bear the title Dragon Age will cap off the trilogy.
Darrah goes on to talk about how a lot of thought has been put into the series over the past year. "We've spent a lot of time both going back to the 'BioWare vault' of games and re-exmaining them, and looking at some new possibilities that today's industry allows." He then asks for feedback from the fan community, opinions on where you all would like to see the series go next.
You can't really fault the move here. Dragon Age 2 did a lot of things better than the previous game did, but plenty of criticisms have been leveled at the structure and scope of its story, the frequently re-used interior locations, and an overall lack of polish. In short, the second game left many with the feeling that it had been rushed through development.
As far as the Exalted March DLC goes, Darrah offered no details. It's not happening now so it's largely a moot point, but perhaps we'll see some of the defunct expansion's story elements roped into the next game. You can be sure that we will hear more from BioWare at E3 2012.