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Bioware confirms Dragon Age 2

Bioware confirms Dragon Age 2

Bioware has confirmed Dragon Age 2 is in development, though no release date is yet set.

Bioware has confirmed that a sequel to Dragon Age: Origins is in development and may soon be officially unveiled.

Dragon Age 2 was listed as a current project in an announcement that saw the Mass Effect maker taking control of Warhammer: Online's servers

Posting on the official Bioware twitter account, the studio said that today would be an important day for Bioware fans too.

"2morrow will be a great day for BioWare fans. Just sayin'," said the official feed, yesterday.

The news of a sequel isn't a big surprise though, as EA had previously hinted that Dragon Age 2 was planned and may see a 2011 release between January and March. There is still no official release date or details from Bioware, however.

There's no idea what the game will be called either - if the first one was subtitled Origins then will the sequel be called Middles or Ends?

You can check out our Dragon Age: Origins review for more information on the original, as well as Joe's most recent thoughts on how religion in presented within Ferelden.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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bowman 8th July 2010, 11:18 Quote
Boring. Moar Mass Effects please.

At least the new ME novel is coming out soon. ^_^
NuTech 8th July 2010, 11:45 Quote
Fantastic.

I hope they really go the extra mile to make your choices in Origins matter and they bring back the entire voice cast. As much as it's always nice to have new recruitable characters, allowing the player to keep his or her posse can really add gravitas to the epic fantasy story.
Matarsak 8th July 2010, 11:52 Quote
Hopefully the good news is that they haven't handed it over to Obsidian, where good titles go to die.
Zayfod 8th July 2010, 12:21 Quote
Dragon Age: Over Arching Plot ?
Dragon Age: The King On His Throne ?
Dragon Age: P.S. The Darkspawn Are The Good Guys ?
Fizzban 8th July 2010, 12:29 Quote
Ah wonderful news! Best thing I heard this week. ;)
Draksis 8th July 2010, 13:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by NuTech
Fantastic.

I hope they really go the extra mile to make your choices in Origins matter...

I agree, really hated the fact that all 'origins' got mashed together after 10 minutes of game play, and after that, only tiny little tit-bits could be found later on (though I only played through with a Human Warrior, and a Dalish Rogue).

When you enter the dwarven city, and are given a choice as to who to back for the throne, If you played as the Upper Class/Royal Dwarf, can you elect to back yourself instead? (anyone got info on that?).
I have no idea, but I'm thinking not.
GravitySmacked 8th July 2010, 13:34 Quote
I thought this had already been confirmed? Anyway bring it on; loved the first one and the expansion.
fatty beef 8th July 2010, 13:46 Quote
Meh, or they could release a reasonably sized game every 6 years instead of a $60 micro transaction every 14 months.
Unknownsock 8th July 2010, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by fatty beef
Meh, or they could release a reasonably sized game every 6 years instead of a $60 micro transaction every 14 months.

And when have Bioware ever done this?
Hovis 8th July 2010, 15:47 Quote
I'm a little nervous because Awakenings was really poor compared to Origins. The problem the Dragon Age games have is that unlike Mass Effect your character becomes vastly more powerful over the course of the story. This culminated in Dragon Age Awakenings almost having to resort to using dragons as cannon fodder, with any attempts at low-fantasy quests like chasing bandits turned fully bizarre by the fact the bandits were basically superhuman in their own right. The whole game just got silly at that point. Fresh start, new character, maybe overhaul the systems because anything other than mages needed a hell of a lot more variation, could be brilliant.

What I would really like to see in a game of that type though is more variation for fighter classes, I always feel a bit annoyed by the way that as magic user classes level up they increase the scope of things they can do, whereas combat classes tend to just hyper-specialise in a single type of weapon and style of fighting.
Gunsmith 8th July 2010, 16:22 Quote
as long as they keep it primerily as a pc game then i'll be more then happy to buy it, I wonder if we'll see another Morrigan/Alistair spat, twas most humourous listening to them insult one another :D
NuTech 8th July 2010, 18:05 Quote
Well this is disappointing. According to this Kotaku article, Dragon Age II isn't Dragon Age: Origins II.

Instead we'll all be playing as a new character called Hawke. You can choose between a male or female and 3 classes.

I agree with the article, this type of system is great for a more action oriented RPG like Mass Effect - but I was hoping to continue the adventures of Origins with my original character.

I'm sure it'll still be enjoyable though.
thehippoz 8th July 2010, 18:36 Quote
I hate to say it.. but I will definitely be playing this xD even though they made my elf mage gay and the assassin kept asking me which way I swing- it was challenging without the dlc.. the dlc made the game kind of a cakewalk though- I hope they don't make that mistake with the next

I mean put it in.. but keep the loot rewards to a minimum- extra content is good
l3v1ck 8th July 2010, 18:45 Quote
Sweet!
I'll be buying that.
Unknownsock 8th July 2010, 20:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hovis
I'm a little nervous because Awakenings was really poor compared to Origins. The problem the Dragon Age games have is that unlike Mass Effect your character becomes vastly more powerful over the course of the story. This culminated in Dragon Age Awakenings almost having to resort to using dragons as cannon fodder, with any attempts at low-fantasy quests like chasing bandits turned fully bizarre by the fact the bandits were basically superhuman in their own right. The whole game just got silly at that point. Fresh start, new character, maybe overhaul the systems because anything other than mages needed a hell of a lot more variation, could be brilliant.

What I would really like to see in a game of that type though is more variation for fighter classes, I always feel a bit annoyed by the way that as magic user classes level up they increase the scope of things they can do, whereas combat classes tend to just hyper-specialise in a single type of weapon and style of fighting.

I have a disagree, i thought Awakening was just as good if not better, it had all of the filler taken out and the best bits were kept. I do agree that it was too easy though, i tanked it all with my 2h warrior (playing in nightmare mode), whilst doing atleast 75% of the damage. Then again, Dragon Age has always been massively unbalanced..Ahwell atleast mages couldn't almost one hit your group this time.

Either way i still think its one of the best RPG's in years.
mastorofpuppetz 8th July 2010, 21:44 Quote
Mass effect is boring, more an average shooter then an RPG with dialog.
robots 9th July 2010, 03:22 Quote
I disliked the mass effect games too.

Dragon Age however, I liked. I really hoped for a lot more though. I thought it was far too short, and I thought the combat was repetitive, and over simplified. It's a pity because it was a backwards step from Baldur's Gate and I was hoping for it to improve on that, not simplify it. So I have my fingers crossed for this sequel, that it will tidy things up.

It'll be a long wait.
Unknownsock 9th July 2010, 09:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by robots
I disliked the mass effect games too.

Dragon Age however, I liked. I really hoped for a lot more though. I thought it was far too short, and I thought the combat was repetitive, and over simplified. It's a pity because it was a backwards step from Baldur's Gate and I was hoping for it to improve on that, not simplify it. So I have my fingers crossed for this sequel, that it will tidy things up.

It'll be a long wait.

I missed Baldur's Gate, thought about buying it recently, worth buying? Thought i might have left it too long and its aged abit too much for a newcomer.

Too short? :p
Yes because a 80 hour is too short.
Fizzban 9th July 2010, 10:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unknownsock
I missed Baldur's Gate, thought about buying it recently, worth buying? Thought i might have left it too long and its aged abit too much for a newcomer.

Too short? :p
Yes because a 80 hour is too short.

More like 50 - 55 hours. But yeah that's still pretty long.
wiggles 9th July 2010, 10:10 Quote
The combat in DA is dull
GravitySmacked 9th July 2010, 13:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzban
More like 50 - 55 hours. But yeah that's still pretty long.

I just checked my playtime on Xfire and I logged 77 hours which included Awakenings.
Fizzban 9th July 2010, 15:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by GravitySmacked
I just checked my playtime on Xfire and I logged 77 hours which included Awakenings.

Awakenings wasn't mentioned. But yeah if you add that on that's about another 15 or so hours. Think my first DA was 63 hours and my second play through was a couple minutes under 50 hours..not including awakenings. Which is why I said 50 - 55.
Chombo 9th July 2010, 17:15 Quote
Honestly I kind of felt that Dragon Age Origins was longer than it really needed to be. Also its level design was entirely too linear for my taste.
Xonar 9th July 2010, 17:25 Quote
Awesome news and will definitely be keeping an eye on it's development.

DA:O and Awakening were by far the best games of 2010 for me and I'm about to embark on my third play through, cannot get enough of it.
robots 9th July 2010, 23:50 Quote
When I said short it's not so much the time it takes to finish the game, but more the time I spent actually doing proper content. A large amount of the time spent in the game was talking to people, dialogue to read, running back and forth, and time spent managing my inventory and buying/selling stuff. If you take all that away, it leaves very few hours of actual questing and fighting and solving puzzles. The Baldur's Gate games were a good length, even after all the dialogue and running around.

The main gripe I have though is the lame ending. I amassed enormous wealth and tons of potions and great gear, and then all of a sudden, the end of the game was upon me and I felt like I had to just blow it all to make the most of it.
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Originally Posted by Unknownsock
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Originally Posted by robots
I disliked the mass effect games too.

Dragon Age however, I liked. I really hoped for a lot more though. I thought it was far too short, and I thought the combat was repetitive, and over simplified. It's a pity because it was a backwards step from Baldur's Gate and I was hoping for it to improve on that, not simplify it. So I have my fingers crossed for this sequel, that it will tidy things up.

It'll be a long wait.

I missed Baldur's Gate, thought about buying it recently, worth buying? Thought i might have left it too long and its aged abit too much for a newcomer.

Too short? :p
Yes because a 80 hour is too short.

Skip Baldur's Gate, and get Baldur's Gate 2 instead, ideally with the expansion pack. If you thought Dragon Age was long, you'll be amazed :P
CardJoe 10th July 2010, 00:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by robots
When I said short it's not so much the time it takes to finish the game, but more the time I spent actually doing proper content. A large amount of the time spent in the game was talking to people, dialogue to read, running back and forth, and time spent managing my inventory and buying/selling stuff. If you take all that away, it leaves very few hours of actual questing and fighting and solving puzzles. The Baldur's Gate games were a good length, even after all the dialogue and running around.

The main gripe I have though is the lame ending. I amassed enormous wealth and tons of potions and great gear, and then all of a sudden, the end of the game was upon me and I felt like I had to just blow it all to make the most of it.



Skip Baldur's Gate, and get Baldur's Gate 2 instead, ideally with the expansion pack. If you thought Dragon Age was long, you'll be amazed :P

Truer words were never spoken. Agree across the board. DA:Os ending was incredibly abrupt and anticlimactic, the quests repetitive and dull ("'K' requests you bring 15 mushrooms to the Mage's Collective Barrell") and the money mostly useless. Cut out the pointlessly prolonged Deep Roads section and the game practically halves in length.

Baldur's Gate 2 was a far superior game. First run I did took 200 hours, counting reading time and all.
Tangster 10th July 2010, 23:38 Quote
I don't really want another dragonage, I'd settle for a revamp of the Baldur's gate series with the new engine though(preferably all of them in one massive game)
Veles 11th July 2010, 00:28 Quote
Still haven't finished DA: O yet, not even played the expansions, didn't grab me too much.
Pete J 11th July 2010, 02:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
Mass effect is boring, more an average shooter then an RPG with dialog.
Ooh, I could slap you for that :)

This article reminds me: I bought DA when Steam was having an EA week. Another game to add to the list, after I've finished my second playthrough of ME2 and had a go at BFBC2.
Apoptosis 11th July 2010, 13:35 Quote
I thought DA:O was great. Not flawless, but probably the best came that came out last year. Sort of makes me regret never having played any of the Baldur's Gates.
thehippoz 11th July 2010, 15:46 Quote
yeah a lot of the content was getting the story out of each person at camp

think half of the game was voice content.. but when you look at the brood mother and even the thief boss.. without the dlc they are a lot of fun

with the dlc.. golem/armor.. ruined the whole freaking game- turned it into a console gamers wet dream :D who wants easy when you spend so much time building
robots 12th July 2010, 04:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Truer words were never spoken. Agree across the board. DA:Os ending was incredibly abrupt and anticlimactic, the quests repetitive and dull ("'K' requests you bring 15 mushrooms to the Mage's Collective Barrell") and the money mostly useless. Cut out the pointlessly prolonged Deep Roads section and the game practically halves in length.

Baldur's Gate 2 was a far superior game. First run I did took 200 hours, counting reading time and all.

Right on. I only actually played BG2 for the first time about 5 years ago or something, and even then I was amazed by it. It's annoying to be a "Things were better in my day" kind of guy, but with a lot of stuff it's just true. BG2 was a major challenge as well. Not sure what difficult setting I used but I remember I spent an entire hour trying to figure out how to kill one of the dragons. I used everything I had available to me, inventory items and all my character's skills and spells, and even then it was a very close call. The game was brutally challenging but that just made me even more hooked. Truly amazing game.

Not that Dragon Age was terrible, I quite enjoyed it, but I was definitely expecting quite a lot more. I wonder if this sequel will be better. I hope so.
gcwebbyuk 12th July 2010, 10:53 Quote
I played BG, BG2, NWN and then DA:O, DA:A. I enjoyed the BG series (but they were played a long time ago). I enjoyed DA:O but couldnt manage a play through again, due to the bit when you reach the kings camp just being boring, but I always wanted to talk to everyone in case a different character unlocked different content. DA:A was poor for a game that cost about the same as the original, I completed it in a quarter of the time, I was expecting much more. I had all the add-ons to DA:O too which all seemd ok. Have seen Darkspawn chronicles but not bought that, and just noticed Leliana's Song, which I may buy, could be interesting as she is a bit of a minx!

End of the day I preferred the BG series, but DA came with more eye candy due to the available graphics cards (try installing BG1 and play with the highest screen res lol )
robots 12th July 2010, 23:19 Quote
Lol exactly.

I think there a few things which make DA:O pretty bad for re-playability which is another little disappointment. And yeah, BG looks pretty minging these days. Which is a shame because I think a lot of people hoped that DA:O would be like BG but with all the modern pretty graphic goodness. Pity that what we got was kind of a Baldurs' Gate Lite.
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