In a message to the Fans today, Mark Darrah, executive producer of Dragon Age, confirmed that Dragon Age 3: Inquisition was being developed!
To Quote Mr. Darrah;
“I am pleased to confirm that we are, in fact, working on the next Dragon Age game. Not a big surprise to most of you, I know. We have been working on it in some way for about two years now with the bulk of our efforts ramping up about 18 months ago…
…Part of that effort has involved you, our fans, and the feedback you’ve provided for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and their DLC. We’ve visited message boards, read reviews, and we’ve gone to events to have direct face to face conversations with some of our most passionate fans. We’ve been listening, and we will continue to listen.
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 rumors 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.
So here’s what I can confirm for now:
The next game will be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
We won’t be talking about the story of the game today. Though you can make some guesses from the title.
This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. It’s composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers.
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. At PAX East, we talked about armor and followers… Yeah, that kind of customization. We’ve started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.
There’s much more to talk about, of course, but it will have to wait until it’s ready for the prime time.
We are going to be as open as we can. We will continue to have a dialogue with you and answer what questions we can. Keep providing us with your feedback. I’m excited about what we are working on and I hope that you will be too. I know this is going to be hard to believe, but it is just as hard for me not to tell you stuff as it is for you to wait.
With thanks for your enthusiasm, and your patience,
You may recall that I wrote about how Mr. Darrah was polling the Fans awhile back to see which title they felt most appropriate. (http://darlingdork.com/rumors-about-dragon-age-3/)
In case you missed that one, the survey also included a brief description of what Dragon Age 3 might be like;
“A portal between the worlds unleashes hordes of demons into 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 to bring light into the darkness. Choose the direct method and gather your armies, send spies into the shadows or engage in political war, make friends and use your connections indirectly: how you lead your Inquisition is up to you. 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.”
In the same article I mentioned how the CEO of Bioware, Dr. Ray Muzyka, mentioned that Dragon Age 3 would be taking pointers from Skyrim and it looks like this was also correct. Of course I’m excited and doubly curious to find out what kind of artistic overhaul the game will undergo with Frostbite 2.
To give you an example of what Frostbite 2 is capable of, here’s a bit of a boring technical demo;
And here’s a fantastic Gameplay demo;
That’s all I have for now folks, but I’ll keep my ear to the ground for any more news, especially any in-game screenshots, to share!
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