Released in 2009, Dragon Age: Origins was considered by many role-playing gamers to be one of Bioware's finest games and a throwback to the Bioware of old. Dragon Age 2, on the other hand, was considered by many gamers to be a misstep despite the high ratings the game received. Can Dragon Age 3, now officially titled Dragon Age: Inquisition, bring the series back to its former glory? Electronic Arts and Bioware are hoping so.
Not a lot is known about Dragon Age: Inquisition's story other than the fact it takes place after the events of Dragon Age 2. All-out war between the Chantry and the Mages looks to be in full effect, judging by the trailer, with a healthy mix of demons and dragons thrown in for good measure. Varric and Morrigan also return, with Morrigan narrating the trailer.
Electronic Arts revealed a tiny bit about the story at their Gamescom conference. You will play as an Inquistor after an event that unleashes demons on the land. You'll command a group of armed forces that you assemble, making a great deal of difficult moral choices along the way. So far, the story sounds a lot like the plot of Mass Effect 2, so let's hope this game is just as good.
One example of a moral choice you have to make is saving the citizens of a burning village or sacrificing them to take out the attacking enemies before future innocents are harmed. You will also be able to send out NPCs to take on missions, further helping you with the war effort. Sounds like Bioware is adding a bit of Mass Effect 3 to the mix as well.
Bioware has confirmed that the time-skip technique used in Dragon Age 2 will return in Dragon Age: Inquisition to some effect.
Celebrity Voice Acting
Electronic Arts has revealed the first celebrity voice actor for the game: Freddie Prinze Jr.
He will voice the Qunari known as Iron Bull, a character that Freddie Prinze Jr. has likened to "James Bond." This isn't the first foray into video game voice acting for Freddie Prince Jr., having played the role of Vega in Mass Effect 3.
Check out the below trailer for a look behind the scenes!
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be running on the Frostbite 3 engine and Bioware has stated that the above trailer was made entirely using in-game assets. Just like the story, not a lot of detail is know about the gameplay thus far, though Bioware has revealed some details that show they are fixing what was wrong with Dragon Age 2:
- Dragon Age: Inquisition will be an open world game similar to Skyrim and not confined to one city as in Dragon Age 2.
- You will be able to customize the looks of your companions and outfit them with new equipment.
- Your decisions will carry more weight than in past games in the series.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition will not reuse levels and settings like in Dragon Age 2: no more seeing the same cave over and over again.
Currently, Dragon Age: Inquisition remains a single player title and no multiplayer information has been revealed at this time. However, the war setting does create an opportunity for Bioware to naturally integrate multiplayer, similar to how the developer set up multiplayer for Mass Effect 3 using the single player game's plot.
Rumored Game Time
At Electronic Arts' Gamescom conference, it was revealed that Dragon Age: Inquisition could be as large as 150 hours, according to data gleaned from their testers. However, keep in mind that number is just for completionists who take their time; Bioware notes that it takes around 55 hours to just complete the story, with the remaining 100 hours being used for possible sidequests and exploration.
Framerate and Resolution
It's been announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition will run at full 1080p on the PlayStation 4, compared to only 900p on the Xbox One. Electronic Arts has noted that they "maximized the current potential of each platform," so PS4 owners are in for a treat.
No word on framerate but its been rumored that the game will run at 60 frames-per-second on the PS4.
Importing The Previous Game's Decisions
Electronic Arts has announced Dragon Age Keep, an interactive, online tool that will help players import their Dragon Age 1 and 2 decisions to Inquisition. For PS4 owners, this will be the only way to import your decisions as you will not have access to your saved games of the first two games on the new console.
Through a series of questions and answers mimicking the events of the first two games, you will shape the world of Inquisition to exactly how you left it at the end of Dragon Age 2.
Fans of Mass Effect on the PlayStation 3 will remember that Bioware already did something similar with the interactive comic available at the start of Mass Effect 2. Players used the choices made in the comic to import their Mass Effect 1 status into 2, since the first game was not available on the PlayStation 3.
Some details have been revealed about the tool. It will be a series of checkboxes, enabling you to select the outcomes of various events in the Dragon Age 1 and 2 universe. The save file you can create can be transported via USB and can be transferred between the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
If you'd like to test out this feature, you can apply for the beta at the Dragon Age Keep website.
Crafting and Customization
Electronic Arts has just released a new two minute long video that shows off Dragon Age: Inquisition's crafting and character creation systems. This video may be short but it packs a lot of content!
Electronic Arts has released a new trailer showing off some of the followers you'll be able to command in Dragon Age: Inquisition:
The official Dragon Age Twitter has posted an image of the game's official box art. We've embedded the image for your viewing pleasure below:
— Dragon Age (@dragonage) April 21, 2014
Dragon Age by the Numbers
The official Dragon Age twitter has revealed some interesting playtime statistics about the game, as seen below:
— Dragon Age (@dragonage) January 14, 2015
— Dragon Age (@dragonage) January 15, 2015
Dragon Age: Inquisition released on November 21st, 2014.
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Game Category: Role Playing
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 6/16/2013