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How does Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Co-op work?

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Bioware made their “surprise” announcement yesterday about Dragon Age: Inquisition having a co-op multiplayer component. In actual fact, this isn’t too much of a surprise, especially considering it sounds rather similar to Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer – just without any impact on the single player campaign.

The multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition will not include any PvP – it’s all about the co-op. Playing cooperatively, players battle through Diablo-esque dungeons on a quest for epic loot. While the missions have a loose connection to the campaign, the real storytelling is reserved for single-player.

In multiplayer, you’re actually working for the Inquisitor, running operations with a squad behind the scenes. Creative Director Mike Laidlaw stressed that the characters used for these multiplayer matches are still characters:

One of the things that came out of early explorations is that we wanted the multiplayer characters to be characters. They’re kind of like mini followers, and they banter among themselves.

You can choose to play as one of the three core classes: Mage, Melee, Archer. Each of these paths must be leveled up on their own – you might get an awesome new axe or bow, but that will mean starting as a level one character again. It’s all about leveling up your characters to unlock cool new skills and abilities, and of course, it’s all about the loot. Nine heroes will be available at launch, three for each class 12 heroes will be available at launch, four for each class (just because IGN had the exclusive on this doesn’t mean that they gave the correct info), each with unique appearance, abilities and characterization.

While there is the option to pay for Platinum, it’s an “optional time saver” and isn’t pay to win. It simply unlocks the new classes for you, instead of forcing you to play in order to unlock them. Described as similar to League of Legends, I’m hoping that it’s true and that we don’t see some people who are completely maxed out in multiplayer as a result of paying in the necessary cash. I’m sad that this is part of the game – I know it’s the way of the future, but I can’t help but feel like this is Bioware fulfilling an EA requirement to include micro transactions.

Players can break down unused equipment to gain crafting materials for new pieces of equipment, adding to the loot loop. Added to this are personal Prestige accomplishments which include killing a certain number of enemies – these can unlock new character icons, banners and cosmetic pieces. Plus, there are weekly Operations; these are global events that the entire player-base works towards such as killing one million demons by a specific date.

Multiplayer sounds difficult and could be fun. Bioware did such a good job with the multiplayer in ME3, I’m hoping that they will make this co-op mode equally entertaining. That said, I doubt I will dip into this too much, especially if it doesn’t impact on the single player campaign. If I’m not trying to increase some form of “Inquisitor readiness” by playing with others, I’d rather just play on my own.

Last Updated: August 27, 2014

58 Comments

  1. Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    August 27, 2014 at 08:04

    Mmmm. Interesting. So anything you do in the multiplayer cannot be transferred to your single player character? Or am I misunderstanding something? It’s a pretty cool implementation though

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  2. Umar Ukyo

    August 27, 2014 at 08:09

    This is what I love! No impact in sp..can enjoy it with a friend at my own pace

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      August 27, 2014 at 08:10

      Indeed, well done!

      Reply

  3. Umar Ukyo

    August 27, 2014 at 08:10

    Though I am a bit worried about the paying aspect if I dont feel they’re making it hard to unlock classes just so that you must pay, I’ll be cool. But this is EA so….yeah I remain cautious

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      August 27, 2014 at 08:13

      STOP GIVING THEM IDEAS FFS!!!

      Reply

      • Umar Ukyo

        August 27, 2014 at 08:13

        Lol its EA anything you bad you can think they’ve already reserved that idea for future implementations

        Reply

  4. Kensei Seraph

    August 27, 2014 at 08:20

    I just looked through my Humble Bundle account and realized that I have a few unredeemed Steam games, some of which I already have on Steam.
    Anyone want To The Moon or Terraria?

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      August 27, 2014 at 08:21

      Or Orcs Must Die! 2: Complete Pack?

      Reply

      • Willem Swanepoel

        August 27, 2014 at 08:24

        Orcs Must die 2 sounds nice to have ^_^

        Reply

        • Kensei Seraph

          August 27, 2014 at 08:28

          Honestly I think the first game is better.

          Reply

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      August 27, 2014 at 08:21

      To The Moon, what is it about?

      Reply

      • Umar Ukyo

        August 27, 2014 at 08:22

        WHAT!!!!!Dude…PLAY THAT GAME…And keep some tissues nearby

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          August 27, 2014 at 08:23

          For teh fapping?

          Reply

          • Umar Ukyo

            August 27, 2014 at 08:24

            For teh Tears….though…..if that is your thing i wont judge

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            August 27, 2014 at 08:24

            Hahaha, just checking. You have weird interests

          • Great Teacher Umar

            August 27, 2014 at 08:25

            Haha, but seriously, its a very heartwarming game.

          • Kensei Seraph

            August 27, 2014 at 08:34

            I notice Zoe has it on her wishlist.
            I think I’ll give it to her if she wants it.

          • Great Teacher Umar

            August 27, 2014 at 08:38

            She needs to play it. You’re a good man

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            August 27, 2014 at 08:40

            O.O – you would do that?

          • Kensei Seraph

            August 27, 2014 at 08:57

            Link sent through Steam.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            August 27, 2014 at 08:57

            NOOOOOOOOO OPPORTUNITY MISSED FOR “TASKS”

          • Great Teacher Umar

            August 27, 2014 at 09:27

            Prepare to shed tears

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            August 27, 2014 at 08:57

            Make her perform some “tasks” first!

      • Kensei Seraph

        August 27, 2014 at 08:23

    • Umar Ukyo

      August 27, 2014 at 08:23

      To the moon is so good. made me cry , HARD

      Reply

    • Sith JJ

      August 27, 2014 at 08:32

      That Terraria is such fun. People, get Terraria.

      Reply

    • Viking Of Science

      August 27, 2014 at 08:42

      I can’t Wait to get into Legends Of Grimrock Tonight…. I was planning on buying it, the Humble said, here… have it… Winning.

      Reply

      • Sith JJ

        August 27, 2014 at 08:42

        I honestly have no idea what it is or what it’s about.

        Reply

        • Viking Of Science

          August 27, 2014 at 08:44

          Dude, It’s an Oldschool Dungeon Crawler, like Ultima Underworld or Eye of the Beholder…. 4-character party, first person, Grid based movement. Delightfully Oldschool with a Shiny veneer… πŸ˜€

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          • Sith JJ

            August 27, 2014 at 08:49

            Please don’t hunt me down and kill me, but I don’t know Ultima Underworld either.
            But it sounds intriguing. I did buy the Humble Bundle actually, but mostly for Van Helsing.

          • Viking Of Science

            August 27, 2014 at 08:53

            Just watch the Trailer, or this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzIiXx-8BHc

  5. Sith JJ

    August 27, 2014 at 08:31

    You had me at co-op

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    • Brady miaau

      August 27, 2014 at 08:55

      Almost lost me at co-op

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      • Sith JJ

        August 27, 2014 at 09:09

        I have nice friends though, so it works for me. πŸ˜‰
        (Trevor not included)

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        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          August 27, 2014 at 09:18

          Awwww shucks, tx

          Reply

          • Sith JJ

            August 27, 2014 at 09:26

            And it’s not like it’s my choice that Trevor isn’t included actually. He just ignores me on Steam. Feels like high-school all over again πŸ˜‰

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 27, 2014 at 09:34

            Don’t feel bad, I ignore all you people.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            August 27, 2014 at 09:41

            Now I feel good, since you don’t ignore me

          • Sith JJ

            August 27, 2014 at 09:46

            Wow, you must be something special then. πŸ˜‰

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            August 27, 2014 at 09:56

            I’m not actually ignoring you, it’s just you normally seem to be playing boring racing games #themsfightinwords

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            August 27, 2014 at 09:59

            HAHAHAHHA

  6. Rinceable

    August 27, 2014 at 08:47

    “Mass Effect 3?s multiplayer – just without any impact on the single player campaign.” How did the MP have an affect on the SP?

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    • Kensei Seraph

      August 27, 2014 at 08:56

      I think it added resources for use in the final mission.
      Like if you convinced Samara to join you.

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      August 27, 2014 at 08:56

      It affected the galaxy readiness and the final war readiness

      Reply

  7. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    August 27, 2014 at 08:59

    But I’m a loner – I roll my dice alone! CRITICAL HIT #ALWAYSSP #STAYSTRONGUMAR

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      August 27, 2014 at 09:02

      #GreenBanana

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        August 27, 2014 at 09:04

        You’re a GREEN BANANA!

        Reply

    • Sith JJ

      August 27, 2014 at 09:10

      Loner Banana?
      Lanana? or a “B”oner?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        August 27, 2014 at 09:18

        Boner hahaahaaaaahhahahahahaha

        Reply

      • Rock789

        August 27, 2014 at 09:39

        Dude, you need to tell your girlfriend that all her late night gaming is keeping you up at night… JJ needs his beauty sleep. πŸ˜‰

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        • Sith JJ

          August 27, 2014 at 09:41

          Haha. Getting her Dawnguard was a mistake for sure πŸ˜‰
          I blame good food (too much of it) for making me sleep so badly.

          Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          August 27, 2014 at 09:55

          Otherwise he gets dark rings around his eyes? πŸ˜‰

          Reply

          • Rock789

            August 27, 2014 at 10:03

            Oh, you have no idea! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  8. Rock789

    August 27, 2014 at 09:37

    I might try this out a few times – who knows, could be good. But I’m in this for the story. November can’t come fast enough. πŸ™‚

    Reply

    • Sith JJ

      August 27, 2014 at 09:38

      I’m actually a bit worried about November myself. I haven’t yet gathered enough things to sell to have the money ready.

      Reply

      • Rock789

        August 27, 2014 at 09:48

        Yeah, my wallet is quivering at the thought of October and November’s game release schedule… Dammit!! And my free time… Argh!

        Reply

        • Sith JJ

          August 27, 2014 at 09:51

          When you’re living in the Northern Subs I’ll invite you to braais just so you feel like you’re keeping your social up at least πŸ˜‰ If The Sims is anything to go on you’ll need to keep your social up and get more friends or you won’t get anywhere in life. (come to think of it, knowing someone up high is usually the best way to get ahead O_O)

          Reply

          • Rock789

            August 27, 2014 at 09:56

            Shweet… Hopefully I’ll seen be up for that promotion then. πŸ™‚ Just gotta keep my mood up! πŸ˜‰

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