Dragon Age: Inquisition reintroduces multiple races, includes mounts and sieges
Posted: 07.08.2013 10:22 by Simon Priest Comments: 14
According to a new Game Informer piece on BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition, multiple races make a return in the third full entry to the franchise, once again letting player characters be more than just human.

While the game world isn't strictly open-world, much like previous titles, it is large enough to warrant the introduction of mounts. We'll also lay siege to fortresses and repair bridges with magic!

In Inquisition, the player leads an independent group that is out to investigate just why the world is going downhill, but you'll need to muster allies along the way for political clout.

Not since Dragon Age: Origins have players been given the opportunity to choose what race their character will be. BioWare won't be offering prologues for each like in Origins, but many fans will be just happy enough that they need a booster seat at the tavern playing a dwarf.

Other snippets from the Game Informer piece include all fully voiced characters, which is no surprise, 'levelling up' the Inquisition in power and influence with the story focused on this, and a whole new crazy level of choices to make. Exploration of the immense game world is also heavily encouraged.

"I’ve been trying to drive exploration, something we used to have more of in our games,” executive producer Mark Darrah told Game Informer. “It’s something that, frankly, BioWare hasn’t done in a while…In a lot of ways, I’d say we’re a lot like what you saw in the Baldur’s Gate series, with areas that existed in part just to be spaces that you went to, but they had a story of their own.” To help us out exploring Dragon Age will have mounts for the first time.

Dragons are of course returning but these encounters aren't scaled down to the players current level, meaning you'd best hightail it out of there and return later when you're hopefully ready. This isn't a Skyrim-like open world but something more akin to how CD Projekt RED is approaching The Witcher 3, meaning the story is made to feel organic.

Thanks to the Frostbite engine, the Inquisition has been playing around with the environment and so we can expect to come across a number of malleable areas like bridges that could be repaired with a touch of magic, or an old outpost renovated into a base of operations. It should certainly make sieges a lot more interesting.

Finally, but certainly not least, BioWare is putting serious time into optimising Dragon Age: Inquisition for keyboard and mouse. The RPG is due on PC, Xbox One and PS4 in late 2014.

Source: Forbes
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By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Aug 07, 2013
I demand to be a drunk Dwarf with a massive temper!
By Mindrax (SI Core) on Aug 07, 2013
I want to be a space hamster...
This is a buy for me :)
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 07, 2013
This is looking mighty fine so far ^^
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Aug 07, 2013
Well....better at least :P
By Mindrax (SI Core) on Aug 07, 2013
Mounts = Great :)
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 08, 2013
Frostchomp 3 = awesome :D
By wolfsrain (SI Member) on Aug 09, 2013
BiowarEA?! If they manage to get this right, that would be a miracle. I think this is the last chance for Bioware to exist as a studio and not as a brand. In sales, ME3 and DA2 underperformed. While the older games are still selling, the last two games in those series aren't doing that hot. Add to that the fiasco that was SWTOR and Bioware is in danger of being dissolved in the great EA mass.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 09, 2013
Mass Effect 3 underperformed in sales? Never heard of that. And SWTOR was a fiasco? Interesting.
You're too biased to view this situation objectively.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Aug 09, 2013
ME3 sold very well actually, no idea where you're getting your intel.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Aug 09, 2013
Exactly what I was thinking :D
By The_Tingler (SI Core) on Aug 09, 2013
I also missed the memo that ME3 was anything less than a great game with a slightly unsatisfactory ending.

I am very happy with the news that DAI isn't open-world, since while I love Skyrim I only need one game like that a year and Witcher 3 will be filling that slot for me in 2014.

However, the footage has me worried. Where are the party members? Will the PC version have the same strategic combat as Origins and DA2 and is the whole reason the series exists? I don't want an action-slasher like Skyrim, Witcher or Dark Souls, I already have those games for that. I want a Dragon Age game, otherwise I'll get something else.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 09, 2013
Party members are there, they mentioned having others by your side and I think those icons on the left hand side are party member icons. Combat looks to be an extension of the more action-oriented DA2 system.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 10, 2013
Things are looking good so far but that doesn't prove anything, DA2 didn't look crap either.

This is something to be observed from the safety of cover and from a sufficient distance allowing you to run away if the bear starts undressing that other brave inquisitive soon to not be a virgin fellow.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Aug 10, 2013
Anyone that pre orders this either really liked DA2 for some reason or is insane.