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Dragon Age III: Inquisition officially announced
Posted: 17.09.2012 16:49 by Comments: 15
Bioware executive producer Mark Darrah has officially announced Dragon Age III: Inquisition in an unusual way - in an open letter to fans reassuing them that the game would be more fan friendly.

Darrah is not a new face at BioWare, as many veteran gamers know. The producer had been a part of BioWare since 1997 as an AI and combat programmer for Baldur's Gate, as well as the lead programmer of the rest of the Baldur's Gate expansions and sequels. He also worked on Jade Empire and the first Neverwinter Nights.

He was also the executive producer of the first Dragon Age, assigned just after the game launched. Darrah claims that his team has listened to the fans feedback and they've "visited message boards, read reviews, and we've gone to events to have direct face to face conversations with some of our most passionate fans. We've been listening, and we will continue to listen."

Translation: Dragon's Age II was a mistake.

Darrah does make the following bullet-list of what the game will be, including the confirmation of the subtitle "Inquisition".

* The next game will be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
* We won't be talking about the story of the game today. Though you can make some guesses from the title.
* This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. It's composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers.
* We are working on a new engine which we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization. At PAX East, we talked about armor and followers Yeah, that kind of customization. We've started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.


It will be interesting to see what Dragon Age III looks like with the Frostbite 2 engine.

Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 17, 2012
nocutius
"...allow us to deliver a more expansive world"
This is the main part that is absolutely critical, anything else is just a nice bonus.
By Longsword (SI Core Member) on Sep 17, 2012
Longsword
Make it more as Dragon Age: Origins was and a lot more people will be happy. No recycled environments, no really long first act, and maybe give us the option to actually be a different race again and I think a lot of fans will be happy. Oh, and give us back the old interface. The Mass Effect rip off of DA2 didn't help at all :P But, all that being said, I'm still looking forward to this. Bioware's stumbled a few times, but perhaps this is their chance at "redemption" ;)
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 17, 2012
JonahFalcon
A Forbes article hints there will be a "Galactic Readiness"-style mechanic in DA3.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Sep 17, 2012
SirRoderick
Well that's pretty much guesswork at this stage...but of they do that, people will be upset. More so than with Mass Effect really, this game doens't even make sense in multiplayer TBH. Except perhaps Co-op.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Sep 17, 2012
JonahFalcon
DA3 will have multiplayer. That was confirmed a while ago.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Sep 17, 2012
nocutius
FFS, forcing MP into a SP game :(.
I don't mind MP but it should not have an effect on SP!
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Sep 17, 2012
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By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2012
danfreeman
Sooo,how much do you guys think this`ll suck... no really after DA 2 and ME 3 i have no faith left in Bioware,EA have screwed them severely,if the game is actually good then great,if not i called it.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2012
SiyaenSokol
I haven't played DA 2 yet, and I probably will not play ME 3 because of Origin, but by the looks of it, both are really actually sucky.

I in any event don't have much faith in EA, but Bioware I can still give my attention to. Let us hope that DA 3 will be much better than the last one.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 18, 2012
FoolWolf
I think this will suck. Or at least, I'm not looking forward to it at all - I simply have no faith in the Dragon Age franchise. I realize that I'm one of few that didn't like neither DA:Origins nor DA2- I feel both games are a washed out piece of dung. The DA franchise, the ruleset and setting is just a meak fantasy universe with very little going on. There are few factions, fewer advesaries and the entire mechanic makes the game very booring from a RPG (old tabletop) perspective to begin with.

A new engine and more customization of henchies armours smells and screams of costly costume DLC bonanza - a sort of BioWare hatters party if you will...

If they honestly only focus about how people didn't like the repeated dugneons and locales - DA3 will be a sorry mess IMO. I can live with few locations and same ol same ol caverns as long as the gameplay is fun. But hitting or magicically fry something in DA2 was really booring.

Another huge problem is that the stories in BW games seems to be a very old concept and just slap some new faces to same problem. DA3 should kick out everyone that worked with Origins and DA2 and get something new pumping!
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Sep 18, 2012
unsilviu
We'll see how it turns out, I still believe BioWare might turn this around and make an amazing game. KotOR, ME1 and DA:O were amazing, so I still have hope. But I won't hold my breath...
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Sep 18, 2012
The_Tingler
I do have hope as long as they're concentrating on not screwing up like they did with DA2, give the game as long as it needs, and don't make a complicated inexplicable ending. Oh, and PC comes first.

I really like the world they've created, and have even been enjoying the books. The last one, Asunder, continues from the fallout of DA2's events and shows what they're building to in DA3. A huge split in the Chantry, a surprising turn of events involving a major character from both DA1 and DA2, and the introduction of the Inquisition who are determined to put down the mage rebellion at any cost. DA3 could be really interesting if it sticks with all that.
By lichlord (SI Core) on Sep 18, 2012
lichlord
aslong that knights of the old republic mmo lives seeing Kotor3 is a
distant dark future for me
don't get me wrong by all means make the 3rd one but its common to see an mmo take over and destroy future planned franchises i hope the community is strong to show that a kotor3 is a must...(trust me us Homeworld fans still are waiting for the third from relic its hard somethimes get them to make a new one...)

as for DA3 ill reserve my opinion for now its too little information to say lets just see they've learned from their mistakes and hope for something innovative

then again hope is the first step to dissapointment as the librarian of DOW2 says... so lets stick on a wait and see thaught ^^
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Sep 20, 2012
HenoKutus
i didn't like any of the Dragon Age titles,Mass Effect for me!