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Cutting game content is tough, says Dragon Age writer

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Cutting content from your own game sucks – but like with film, games need editing too. Without editing, videogames would all be filled with pointless drivel. Or be made by David Cage. Dragon Age: Inquisition writer David Gaider has said that cutting content is tougher than gamers might imagine.

Speaking on his tumblr, Gaider said the game is now in alpha, meaning it’s “content complete” – and the team is now focused on making that content actually work, and making sure the story flows.

“This is a pretty stressful time for everyone,” Gaider said. “Every cut feels like it’s reducing the overall quality of the game, until there are so many of them you feel like you’re producing a piece of crap—until you remind yourself that every game goes through this, and the alternative is shipping late or not at all.”

Gaider said that it’s not something fans can readily comprehend.

“They’re usually oblivious to what’s going on, harping on what color the sails should be while the hull is rapidly leaking water,” he said. “Which is a strange dissonance from our perspective, let me tell you.”

Of course, any content that ends up being excised will likely end up being shoved back in as DLC, right? We’re now about six months away from Dragon Age: Inquisition’s release. The game has us rather excited..especially since we heard that The Witcher 3 would be delayed to 2015.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to interrogate your PC, Ps3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in October. The Wii U does not expect the Spanish Inquisition.

Last Updated: May 5, 2014


  1. Umar Returns

    May 5, 2014 at 11:06

    is that Beyond Two Souls?


  2. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    May 5, 2014 at 11:07

    “and the alternative is shipping late”

    Here’s an idea: don’t cut so much content. Polish it all up and rather release a complete solid game a little late than a buggy unfinished game where the cut content will be DLC anyway …..


    • Admiral Chief in Space

      May 5, 2014 at 11:09

      Yeah, look at what happened to KotOR 2. I would have gladly waited another year for a more full game


      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        May 5, 2014 at 11:09



    • Umar Returns

      May 5, 2014 at 11:11

      Unfortunately, I doubt it’s really that easy hey. A lot of games have cut content, hell some games still has it in the code. Delays hurt the games as well, so it’s a very thin line they have to walk. NO game designer wants to see their creative work cut from the final product. Publishers are the evil ones that force this (Most of the time)


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 5, 2014 at 11:16

        KOTOR 2 is a good example.


    • Sara Almeida

      June 18, 2014 at 22:08

      That would be nice and all if BioWare wasn’t owned by freaking EA. EA doesn’t give a damn if you’re not done yet. They support your project financially and expect you to be done within a certain time limit and if you don’t make it, you’re basically screwed.


  3. Admiral Chief in Space

    May 5, 2014 at 11:10

    I hope they cut the next CoD…entirely



    • Jedi JJ

      May 5, 2014 at 11:21

      Well, if they add original and new content it should be okay.
      So, yes, pretty much cut the whole game then. 😉


  4. Hammersteyn

    May 5, 2014 at 11:13

    “the alternative is shipping late” said no one to an EA executive ever.


    • MakeItLegal

      May 5, 2014 at 13:26

      You mean , shipping beta’s ?


  5. Jedi JJ

    May 5, 2014 at 11:20

    That picture makes my Spider-sense tingle.


    • Umar Returns

      May 5, 2014 at 11:21

      Eish, I don’t get this header though….I can’t think on an Asian level


      • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        May 5, 2014 at 11:29

        “Without editing, videogames would all be filled with pointless drivel. Or be made by David Cage.”


        • Umar Returns

          May 5, 2014 at 11:32

          Hmm, in your opening paragraph, I see…Feel pretty dumb now. Good burn though


      • Wincethis

        May 5, 2014 at 11:37

        You can’t think on an Asian level? But you spend most of your life playing Asian JRPG games!


        • Umar Returns

          May 5, 2014 at 11:39

          Hehehe I’m still too dumb to understand Final Fantasy 7’s plot


  6. Kensei Seraph, Sparkly Samurai

    May 5, 2014 at 11:22

    Glad I wasn’t the only one to think they’d simply put most of the cut content back in as DLC.


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    May 5, 2014 at 11:25

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  8. Rock789

    May 5, 2014 at 11:38

    Pretty keen for this… Will fulfill my RPG lust until Witcher 3 arrives!


  9. Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    May 5, 2014 at 12:00

    Ugh, David Gaider again? His writing made DA:O what it was: *not* the “spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate”.


  10. MakeItLegal

    May 5, 2014 at 13:25

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