Dragon Age: Inquisition Video gives us a look at the Fantasy World Built by the Frostbite engine
Posted: 06.03.2014 16:16 by Jamie Davey Comments: 11
In the latest video for Dragon Age: Inquisition, developer Bioware gives us a look at the fantasy world built by the Frostbite engine.

In the video you'll see locations you can choose to visit during your adventure. Each area in the video has its own ecosystem with predators, prey, factions, and opportunities to expand your Inquisition.

"Dragon Age: Inquisition is BioWare’s first next-gen game. It’s also our most ambitious game to date! Nowhere is this more visible than in the incredible size and diversity of locations, life, and hidden places you’ll discover on your journey." said Bioware.

"The world’s population is based on an emergent system that adjusts what you’ll encounter based on how your actions tip the balance in the area. You’ll see towns attacked by bandits, deer fleeing from wolves, giant’s feeding on bears, and countless other scenarios."

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released for the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Q3 2014.


By LukeDion1987 (SI Core Veteran) on Mar 06, 2014
Looks good, but not enough DA in it for me, I know I know this is only pre-alpha, but still.
By Voqar (SI Core Veteran) on Mar 07, 2014
I've watched a fair amount of video and really couldn't say what the gameplay will be like, other than it looks console vibed, again. About all I can say is that it looks really good.

The biggest problem I continue to have with their games is they've pretty much abandoned their PC roots and design everything with a console feel, even when they say they're emphasizing PC.
By kaballah (SI Member) on Mar 07, 2014
Stopped playing Bioware games right after they made Jade Empire (think that was the name). The last game worthy from that studio in my book is Neverwinter Nights and 90 per cent of it for the Aurora editors. The new stuff - kill me but I'm including Mass Effect serial as well - just nah, not gonna buy it. Ever. Period.

RIP Baldur's Gate.... :(
By MeanSerbian (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 07, 2014
There is nothing next gen in this... it looks like **** compared to Skyrim or The Witcher 2... I really hope its like that because its pre-alpha code. Otherwise they can stick their next-gen up their ass. Last next-gen i saw was in 2007 Crysis and 2008 GTA IV. Good luck beating that.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 07, 2014
As the Japanese Oyabun says to Michael Douglas' character in "Black Rain":
"Yes...I'm not impressed".
Language moderation, mate. Just take it easy on the swearing.
By MeanSerbian (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 07, 2014
Sorry... i'm just angry that i have to upgrade my PC for nothing ... thats all.
By baszermaszer (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 07, 2014
Unimpressive. Hey Bioware! Fire the Dragon Age: Inquisition team Art Director, fire the cameraman and keep some 3D-effect artists, who contributed to swamp and watery branches scenes.

Amazing how much money was burned on this crap and it FAILS to elicit any feelings...

Brings up the question why top managers tied to this project getting sky-high salaries and stellar bonuses? To fill their pockets exclusively, I'm afraid. Churning out a totally superfluous product with this game.
By MeanSerbian (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 08, 2014
I apologize for my rude commenting. Let me explain why i was so angry:

The Graphics:

Okay, the two screenshots you can see up there were taken from ingame gameplay. I am mostly disappointed by the water, trees and textures.
The textures appear somewhat blurry to me. Why is that so is beyond me... i mean we have 2GB - 4GB GPU's available on the market which is more than enough to run any game with 2k-4k textures in a 1080p resolution. These textures seem fine for 1GB GPU's or lower, so i am going to assume that the textures are more compressed in favor of consoles.

Also i noticed some round shaped objects that are very sharp edged(trees and statues stand out the most), which means that they lowered the amount of polygons rendered, again probably for archiving better performance on consoles.

Now the water, oh my god it looks horrible. There are a scenes in the video where it looks better, but most of the time it's bad. Especialy the waterfalls.

The trees are horrible, the leaves look like they are 2D.

Also the flames and fire effects in general... they look horrible.

The lighting effects are beautiful and seem well done. But its nothing i haven't seen already(BF 4, Ryse Son of Rome, etc.)

The UI:

From what i have seen the UI seems reasonable. It is definetly crafted for controllers, but it looks good even for a mouse+keyboard combination. I don't know do they plan on making a PC exclusive UI but it wouldn't hurt.

The map is huge and it is nicely made. It will probably be filled with various landmarks to discover.

The savegame system is standard. Every savegame displays information such as: a thumbnail that displays the location where the savegame was taken, location name, character name, gender, race and class.

There is one thing that scares me and that is the insanely long loading screen time. Perhaps that was done on purpose so that the narrator may explain some things about the map and the world. But considering the size of the world DAI takes place in, it wouldn't suprise me that the loading times would take minutes. I mean BF 4 takes minutes to load and that game uses the same engine as this one.

The Gameplay:

Combat is very dynamic from what i have seen and it feels good. There are multiple styles of fighting depending on your class. The AI is suspiciously stupid, but it's still pre-alpha so it's being worked on, so lets hope it gets better.

The Animation:

Animations look great! The player character is well animated, you can see him adjusting his body to the terrain he is walking on, for example: if it's steep he will lean back a little.

The dragon in the gameplay video is HORRIBLY LAGGY. I mean it literaly is animated with 15 frames per second... what the hell man? But again thats probably because the game is still pre-alpha state.

Well these are my opinions on Dragon Age: Inqusition. There probably was more stuff i wanted to talk about but i just forgot in the process of writting this comment.
By LS35A (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 08, 2014
NO ONE expects the Dragon Age inquisition.....
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 09, 2014
...I do *carried off in chains*
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 09, 2014
LOL @LS35A :)

This looks OK until they add people into the picture and it looks not so OK...
Seriously, they have a really steep cliff to climb to get me even the tiniest bit intrigued by this. DragonAge is IMHO one of the most overrated franchises out there today...