Love or hate Bioware, there’s no denying that they can certainly make some damn fine games. And then you get Dragon Age, the black spot on their track record. A fantasy RPG, the first Dragon Age game actually built up a decent entry for the new franchise, before the rushed sequel cocked all that hard work up. Still, never say die, as EA has confirmed that a third game is on the way, with Dragon Age 3: Inquisition.
And no one was expecting that!
EA published the news on their official blog, revealing that the game would arrive in late 2013, was being developed by the team from Dragon Age: Origins and would make use of the Frostbite 2 engine. Alongside that the news, Bioware’s Mark Darrah commented on one of the worst kept secrets in gaming, as he mentioned that Bioware wanted to finally admit that the game was in development.
As Darrah wrote;
Recently, I said that we didn’t want to talk about Dragon Age III unless we had something to show. I´m trying to stick to that plan and won’t be revealing much today. That said, a lot of information and rumours have surfaced recently and we don´t want to hide from them. There are a BUNCH of things that I really want to share with you but I want to do this right, and doing it right requires some more time.
Darrah confirmed the official title of the game, but as for story details, he’s staying mum on the subject. “We are working on a new engine which we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization” Darrah said. “At PAX East, we talked about armour and followers…. Yeah, that kind of customisation. We’ve started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.”
But the story for Dragon Age 3 may have indeed leaked out, as according to the Bioware social forums last month, it looks like the world is on the brink of…Oblivion;
A portal between the worlds unleashes hords of demons in the land, civil wars rip apart nations and the corruption is limitless. Someone is behind the shadows, drawing the threads which destroy the world. Time has come for the Inquisition.
Take the Inquisitor’s cloak and lead the only force able of bringing light into the darkness. Choose the direct method and gather your armies, send spies into the shadows or engage in a political war, make friends and use your connections indirectly: it is up to you how you lead the inquisition.
But you’ll have to take lead of it from the beginning. Make your player a rogue, warrior or mage and set up your crew from up to ten complex companions to lead them against those who attack you by systematically spying on, revealing and destroying them.
Honestly, I’m not crazy for another Dragon Age game. The combat has always been clumsy, the navigation terrible and the world that my Darkblood-guzzling Grey Warden felt uninspired and boring.
Still, I’m hoping that EA, Bioware and the team that they’ve assembled can put together something decent, with the Frostbite 2 Engine hopefully aiding that construction, which might just give it that necessary boost.
Last Updated: September 18, 2012