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Dragon Age: Inquisition companions might leave if you're bad

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Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming, and we keep on hearing more about the romantic elements, new companions and gameplay mechanics of the game. In a recent Raptr chat with developers, more tidbits were revealed, but it’s a pain to read through all of them.

Much like a Reddit AMA (ask me anything), the good people of Bioware took to Raptr to answer various questions from the community. They didn’t answer everything, but there are some interesting bits and pieces that are worth sharing. You’re more than welcome to sift through and see what I missed – with over 5k comments in the thread, I’m sure I missed plenty.

Approval systems have changed in Dragon Age: Inquisition. According to lead designer Mike Laidlaw, the focus is now on what you are doing and what you say instead of constantly giving your companions gifts. Each follower has their own goals – remember, you are a leader of leaders – and if you help them towards their own ends they will appreciate it. However,

And if you piss them off, they might just leave.

Producer Cameron Lee expanded on the romantic elements, stating that there are eight romantic options and “Only 2 of those have any racial preferences (for story reasons)”. At least one of those romance options won’t be one of your companions or advisors.

As for character customization, there will be systems in place for adjusting lips and maybe even hair, but don’t expect chest hair or to be able to customize your body shape – that comes predetermined. If you choose to play as a Qunari, you’ll be bigger than a human but not as big as the Qunari companion, Iron Bull. You’ll even get to customize your horns, although as for wearing headgear, Qunari will have a different type of slot for that equipment.

I’m excited to see this in action. It will be great for the companions and relationships to be more nuanced this time around, and I’m keen to see how they change things up on the romantic side. That was one of the real issues with the previous Dragon Age games, and I hope that we see a much better experience this time around.

Last Updated: July 9, 2014

44 Comments

  1. Umar Reborn XIV

    July 9, 2014 at 12:36

    I played a game way back when before I had hair on my balls. The Thing, I remember that if you break your teammate’s trust then they’l actively disobey orders or even start attacking you…Man, that was a great game

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      July 9, 2014 at 13:02

      But what was the game called?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Fairburne

        July 9, 2014 at 13:03

        The thing

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          July 9, 2014 at 13:03

          Admiral Obvious ๐Ÿ˜›

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Fairburne

            July 9, 2014 at 13:04

            XD

          • Umar Reborn XIV

            July 9, 2014 at 16:17

            Roflol Captain Obvious. Its mid week have mercy on Admiral

    • Admiral Chief Fairburne

      July 9, 2014 at 13:03

      I always wanted to play that! Any good?

      Reply

      • Umar Reborn XIV

        July 9, 2014 at 16:18

        Great game not sure how well it aged but for its time it was pretty gripping

        Reply

    • Pieter Smal

      July 9, 2014 at 13:37

      Hair on your balls? Most men have…

      Reply

      • Umar Reborn XIV

        July 9, 2014 at 16:19

        Most men have? Swag?

        Reply

        • Pieter Smal

          July 9, 2014 at 16:27

          HAIRY BALLS! Or at least I have… Lolz! ๐Ÿ˜›

          Reply

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

    July 9, 2014 at 12:42

    Missed Header opportunity: So long and thanks for all the fish

    Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    July 9, 2014 at 12:44

    I hope you do too.

    Reply

  4. Admiral Chief Fairburne

    July 9, 2014 at 12:52

    This, I like

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  5. Sith JJ

    July 9, 2014 at 12:53

    If Skyrim had this Lydia would’ve gotten me thrown in jail by the second day.
    :Note to self – do not use people as mules and distractions.

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      July 9, 2014 at 13:02

      Lydia’s the best mule ever sold into servitude by a Jarl….

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      • Sith JJ

        July 9, 2014 at 13:59

        Poor girl never saw it coming.

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      • Wraith

        July 9, 2014 at 14:27

        Was so sad the day they implemented a weight cap for companions! :'(

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  6. Hammersteyn

    July 9, 2014 at 12:53

    Who needs them anyways? Gordon Freeman got shit done with just a crowbar.

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    • Admiral Chief Fairburne

      July 9, 2014 at 12:56

      I like it, I really invest in my companions. As long as they don’t do a please this one piss off that one approach

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        July 9, 2014 at 13:02

        Ever play NWN2 – they did that. Near the end all your companions got to choose between fighting for you or your enemy depending on how you treated them. Not cool guys, NOT COOL.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          July 9, 2014 at 13:04

          Good times!

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        • Brady miaau

          July 9, 2014 at 14:02

          But you could all but one on yor side. And bishop sucked. BUT if you allowed the mage character to leave you, well, then I seem to recall it went badly for me,

          About 7 play through’s with different classes. Monk was so overpowered was not even funny

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            July 9, 2014 at 14:13

            You mean the nut job one who I’d fully kitted out with combat spells? She was my very first target lol. “NO! Get her!”

          • Brady miaau

            July 9, 2014 at 16:10

            Yip, I built her up to be so powerful. Whoops

            But as monk, stand toe to toe with shadow dude and just punch him to death.

  7. Lardus-Resident Perve

    July 9, 2014 at 12:58

    Looking forward to this so much! Hopefully I will have decided on a console by then…not upgrading my PC yet – that is reserved for Dawn of War 3 (the more I mention it, the more likely it will be made lol)

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    • Sith JJ

      July 9, 2014 at 14:00

      I will join in on that one and start mentioning Dawn of War 3.
      Dawn of War 3
      Dawn of War 3

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        July 9, 2014 at 14:12

        HL3 CONFIRMED!

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        • Sith JJ

          July 9, 2014 at 14:23

          O_O

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  8. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    July 9, 2014 at 13:02

    But I like being bad!!!!! DON’T LEAVE FUNNY ELF LADY!!! I’ll BE GOOD!!! PROMISE!!! PINKY SWEAR!!!

    Reply

  9. Xcalibersa

    July 9, 2014 at 14:04

    So? Kotor had this

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  10. ToshZA

    July 9, 2014 at 14:08

    So much focus on the romance. What about the rest of the game? Really now. In Baldur’s Gate you could piss your companions off, and they’d leave or try to kill you. That was a long, long time ago already. It didn’t have romance among companions, and it’s still one of the most epic RPG experiences to date.

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    • Wraith

      July 9, 2014 at 14:25

      There actually were romance options. Just no silly in-game ‘intimate’ moments or gift mechanics.

      Oh my sweet, sweet Viconia.

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      • ToshZA

        July 9, 2014 at 14:56

        Haha, many play throughs and I still haven’t experienced the romance options. Damn I miss that kind of depth in a game.

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        • Wraith

          July 9, 2014 at 15:13

          Picked up the enhanced edition during the last sale. Just need to finish the first one again with my Paladin so I can jump into the second.

          Carsomyr +6 – best sword in the game!

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    • Johan du Preez

      July 9, 2014 at 17:52

      Well they cant make a decent game so they try and distract everyone with gay characters and romances. You can swear this is a soapy. I will get Witcher 3 thank you at least you know you are getting a quality product for gamers and not a broken game for investors.

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  11. HisDivineOrder

    July 9, 2014 at 14:39

    Sounds like Dragon Age Origins to me. Except without the gift giving. The gift giving was basically a band-aid to keep the game from suffering from Baldur’s Gate levels of complexity with regards to conversations and approval ratings.

    I’d be happier if they were doing something about the Approval Numbers game that winds up happening.

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  12. J_Joestar

    July 9, 2014 at 17:30

    I remember companions turning on me and trying to kill me for stealing too much back in one of the old Ultima games.

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  13. Johan du Preez

    July 9, 2014 at 17:54

    The best compannion of a RPG is by far Minx from Baldurs Gate 2 with his hamster Boo

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    • SunnyCandara

      July 9, 2014 at 22:32

      But aren’t character relationships, whether they be of a romantic nature or not, an important part of a game that heavily focuses on story elements? And I don’t believe it has ever been claimed that the game is open-world, simply that it has larger areas to explore.

      Have a little faith man, you might be pleasantly surprised. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Johan du Preez

        July 10, 2014 at 08:41

        Yes it is important but hardly a feature, its expected to be in not hyped by the PR department as a core feature.

        I hope you are right but this stinks to much like another EA cash grab riding on the back of Dragon Age Origins.

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    • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

      July 9, 2014 at 23:14

      Minsc. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      As for everything that you said, agreed 100%!

      Reply

      • Johan du Preez

        July 10, 2014 at 08:38

        Dammit cant believe I spelled it wrong ๐Ÿ˜›

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  14. Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    July 9, 2014 at 21:02

    Wrong context for headline though; being bad and pissing off your companions aren’t the same thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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