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Dragon Age: Inquisition details gameplay, companions, story and areas

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Dragon Age: Inquisition is almost upon us and Bioware fans are chomping at the bit to learn more. How much of what they learned from Mass Effect will be visible in the new Dragon Age? Well, here is a slightly spoiler-ific list of details on a range of aspects in the game.

Gleaned from a new UK issue of PC Gamer, a forum poster named ViSeiRa (Thanks DualShockers) posted the following info:

Gameplay:

  • Red Lyrium is an anti-magic substance… an opposite force to normal (blue) Lyrium.
  • Tactics are in (automated AI settings as described by the writer) and apparently you can set how much mana a mage companion can keep in reserve and at which HP threshold would a companion use a heath potion.. so looks like more grained control over tactics.
  • After clearing parts of an area you can set up camps in that area, they give you access to scouts and you gain power, the resource you spend on operations.
  • Certain parts of a map can be locked until you clear other ones.
  • You can mark certain areas as operation points on the map so that you can deal with them when you return to your base of operations, Skyhold.
  • You manage your operations through the war table in Skyhold, and by doing so you get resources like gold and loot or agents, some of the operations are tied to the main plot like an operation involving the chantry in Val Royeux.
  • Some operations are resolved instantly and some require you to pick an advisor (Cullen, Leliana or Josephine) to resolve them, they’re unavailable while conducting the operation.
  • There’s a new resources besides power (which you spend on operations) which is called influence.
  • Influence gives you inquisition perks, those are divided into four types: Forces, Secrets, Connections and “Inquisition”.
  • The first three perks are tied to the advisors. A Forces perk might increase your potion capacity by four; a Secrets perk might increase the XP you earn from picking up codex entries; one Connections perk grants better merchant offers on rare items.
  • Skyhold changes as a reflection of which perks you favour (doesn’t elaborate more on how) though it won’t be related to decorations since you do that manually from a menu. You can change everything from the windows, throne, banner, and heraldry to the drapes.
  • Dragon fights are all scripted and they have their own personalities.
  • Dragons have a main health bar and a health bar for each limb, you can’t deal massive amounts of damage to it without dealing with its limbs first.

Companions:

  • You can skip recruiting most of your companions and you can kick them off the inquisition at almost any time.
  • Vivienne: “She’s ambitious, in a nutshell. She is probably the one that stood to lose the most from the chaos that’s been sweeping. The mage circle is falling apart.”
  • Solas: “Solas is knowledgeable, logical, He refuses to believe in bad and good… which makes him absolutely fascinating as a character.”
  • Dorian: “Dorian, he’s fun. A lot of fun. He’s gregarious, outgoing, likeable and he’s from the nation that everyone thinks are bad guys.”
  • Sera: “She’s kinda nuts and is probably best defined by her contempt for all the bigwigs… she wants someone to think about the people being attacked.”
  • Varric: “Varric is pretty much Varric. He’s dealing with the fact that he’s now alongside the lady that stabbed a book on his groin,”
  • Cole: “Cole… Cole is different. He sees everything differently. He’s not like us. That’s pretty much Cole.” AKA the Ghost of the White Spire.
  • Cassandra: “Brash, impulsive, anger management issues… but she’s incredibly dedicated and does whatever it takes to set the world right.”
  • Iron Bull: “Iron Bull is humorous, dismissive, a natural charismatic leader, but he’s struggling with being a fish out of water.”
  • Blackwall: “He’s dedicated, almost a mentor figure, but he’s also a man alone, he’s been on the road a very long time and that wears someone down.”

Story:

  • “Big levels obviously can’t narrate themselves; that’s impossible. The scope of that is too big. They need to give the player opportunities to tell their own stories and ultimately that’s what comes from exploring this open-world gameplay.” — Mark Darrah
  • There’s an operation to gain the friendship of Orzammar.
  • You’ll pass judgement on NPCs who come through Skyhold a la Awakening. He mentions the son of a barbarian leader you killed coming to the castle gates and chocking a dead goat against the walls which is some kind of ritualistic insult for killing his kin. You can decide whether to give him and his followers weapons and exile them, put him in stockade or a third choice.
  • Judgment sequences as a way of getting players to reflect further on their decisions.
  • Mark Darrah on the ending and the ability to continue playing afterwards: ” you need to leave the world in a relatively unstable state but bring enough resolution so that the story has a satisfying conclusion.”

Areas:

  • The Dales Highlands: Apparently a mysterious blizzard has hit the area and it seems to be the work of the Red Templars.
  • The Ferelden Bogs: An undead swamp.
  • The Exalted Plains: A grassland with myriad of abandoned forts.
  • The Still Ruins: A crumbling temples with demons and Venatori Cultists.
  • Skyhold: Your castle and base of operations, the writer compares it to the Normandy in ME albeit much bigger. Inside There is a tavern, stables, a courtyard, a kitchen, and a dungeon (you can imprison people there) and the war table.

Okay, the whole thing sounds cool, but I’m particularly keen on the idea of clearing areas, setting up camps with scouts and other things, and then being able to control the outposts from my war room. That just sounds like such an awesome extra thing to add to the game, and will make me want to clear entire areas to ensure I have the most influence before continuing with the story.

The game sounds massive and should hopefully keep fans satisfied for a long time. Varied environments, plenty of ways to approach decision-making and companions – this sounds like the Bioware game that we’ve been hoping for.

Last Updated: August 5, 2014

39 Comments

  1. Kensei Seraph

    August 5, 2014 at 12:34

    I’ve come to the comments to ask who else (in Gauteng) felt the earthquake and where abouts are you?
    I’m in Midrand and I’ve heard it was felt in Fourways, Rivonia, Fairlands and Pretoria.

    And now to read the article.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

      August 5, 2014 at 12:35

      Yeah, I’m on second floor, in Midrand, and the whole bloody building was shaking.

      Where in Midrand are you sparkles?

      Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        August 5, 2014 at 12:45

        Near the Bytes Conference Centre.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

          August 5, 2014 at 12:45

          I’m on the other side, 16th. How bad was it your side?

          Reply

          • Kensei Seraph

            August 5, 2014 at 12:47

            Building shook 5 or 6 times but that was about it.
            If it only happened twice I would have blamed it on my imagination and lack of sleep.

            Apparently it was a lot worse over in Bryanston.

          • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

            August 5, 2014 at 12:48

            Explain? (lack of sleep and Bryanston)

          • Kensei Seraph

            August 5, 2014 at 13:07

            I got about 4 hours sleep Sunday night and 5 last night and my sister is in Bryanston currently.

          • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

            August 5, 2014 at 13:09

            I mean, how much worse was it in Bryanston?

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            August 5, 2014 at 13:11

            Colleagues in Pta East and North said it went on for 3 minutes

    • Jaded_Reprobate

      August 5, 2014 at 12:40

      Felt it in Booysens JHB as well… was a decent 1…

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      August 5, 2014 at 12:42

      LOL news24 died.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

        August 5, 2014 at 12:44

        LOOOL

        Reply

      • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

        August 5, 2014 at 13:03

        10 bucks on a supernatural rapture that took away all the racist degenerate slime in the country.

        Reply

        • Kensei Seraph

          August 5, 2014 at 13:08

          Well I haven’t noticed any of the people I know missing and I’m sure that at least some of them are suppressed racist degenerate slime.

          Reply

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            August 5, 2014 at 13:10

            Yes celebrated prematurely News24 is back up

        • Hammersteyn

          August 5, 2014 at 13:17

          Make it a R1000, I’m willing to part with the cash if wrong.

          Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      August 5, 2014 at 12:44

      Zuma probably used dynamite for his new pool.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

        August 5, 2014 at 12:44

        Don’t be daft, his wife well in!

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          August 5, 2014 at 12:45

          his wife well in? well into what precious?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

            August 5, 2014 at 12:45

            Well into kilograms!

          • Hammersteyn

            August 5, 2014 at 12:46

            Hahahaha

      • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

        August 5, 2014 at 12:58

        Heard somebody’s Xbox One fell off the shelf

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Dovahkiin

          August 5, 2014 at 13:07

          HAHAHAHA

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          August 5, 2014 at 13:15

          LOL!

          Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      August 5, 2014 at 12:49

      felt it in douglasdale – was apparently in Orkney http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000s0b3#summary

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      August 5, 2014 at 13:14

      And you all thought you were so smart not paying your E(arthquake)-Tolls.

      Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 5, 2014 at 12:39

    The whole operations thing sounds very similar to the Mediterranean defense mini-game in AC Revelations, which was a fun little diversion.

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      August 5, 2014 at 12:44

      There’s gonna be a lot of diversion needed to help you forget you gave EA cash.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        August 5, 2014 at 12:45

        Not me, I’m not buying it.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          August 5, 2014 at 13:15

          Will buy it secondhand if possible

          Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        August 5, 2014 at 12:46

        That’s what an excellent game is supposed to do regardless of who made or published it.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          August 5, 2014 at 12:47

          Bioware at least deserves our love, until EA closes them down.

          Reply

  3. Aussious

    August 5, 2014 at 12:58

    The zombies apocalypse is upon us…Brace yourselves!

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      August 5, 2014 at 13:09

      About bloody time.

      Reply

  4. Johann

    August 5, 2014 at 13:00

    5.3 on the RS, Epicenter was about 6km east of Orkney

    Reply

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      August 5, 2014 at 13:34

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  5. Racbir Singh Bhurji

    August 5, 2014 at 19:29

    DRAGON AGE INQUISITION (DAI) HAS REACHED NEW HEIGHTS. imprison people for questioning? what should i do with you join me or Hmmm?, And castle feature’s are exciting.
    Ahhh! Feels like suikoden, Monster hunter, skyrim, dragon age, witcher and 2 worlds and some Mass affect all rolled in to one game and some Golden Axe rides …Wooow! Fantastic!

    A new bar has been hit from the looks of things. Already an Epic Game without even playing it yet. Explore Explore ….What was that i just found / seen.. Please make an Expansion with Shale, and pirate girl and playable Morrigan Yeeaaahhh! (I ttold yas the different Environments would seal THE DEAL 🙂 ..lol)

    Reply

  6. jesse

    August 5, 2014 at 20:40

    Sources?

    Reply

    • jesse

      August 5, 2014 at 20:40

      Like a link or something, this is the first time hearing some of these features.

      Reply

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