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Dragon Age 2 to import savegames

Dragon Age 2 to import savegames

Players can import their Dragon Age: Origins savegames into Dragon Age 2.

GamesCom 2010: Bioware and Electronic Arts have confirmed that players will be able to import their Dragon Age: Origins save games into Dragon Age 2.

The savegames will not allow players to carry their heroes over into the second game however, as Dragon Age 2 introduces a new, preset character called Hawke.

Instead, savegames will port some crucial choices over into the sequel, which takes place in an entirely new part of the the Dragon Age universe.

Chatting to bit-tech about the game, EA's David Silverman said that examples of choices that could be moved across would include what players did with the Urn of Sacred Ashes in Dragon Age: Origins.

Silverman then explained that Dragon Age 2 will overlap with Origins in some places – a section we went hands-on with detailed the flight of the main character from Lothering as it was destroyed by the Darkspawn in Origins.

Dragon Age 2 will have a much more epic scope that Origins, however, with the story taking place over an entire decade, giving players a chance to see the long-term effects of their actions.

We'll be bringing you an in-depth preview of Dragon Age 2 in the near future, but until then you can discuss the game in the forums.

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mrbens 19th August 2010, 14:40 Quote
That sounds like a good idea.

The link at the end needs fixing.
Unknownsock 19th August 2010, 14:55 Quote
Cant wait for this.
Gonna have to play through DA again to get my decent toon done!
Jezcentral 19th August 2010, 15:07 Quote
Not knowing this was one of the points that left some of the more veciferous people on the forums very bitter. Seeing that they did this with ME2, I always expected them to do this. It's good to get confirmation, though. Maybe now some of the nerd-ragers will stop whining.....

Ha! Sometimes I'm so funny, I make me want to hug myself.
fortunetek 19th August 2010, 15:10 Quote
Please, PLEASE fix this mistake in the article: the main characters name is spelled "Hawke," not Hock.

Understandable mistake given the oral nature of the presentation, but it just screams a lack of quality writing, knowledge about the game, and a lack of effort in doing even the most cursory google search about the topic.
LeMaltor 19th August 2010, 15:32 Quote
Are the saves on steam cloud? If not I won't have them.
sear 19th August 2010, 15:40 Quote
I imagine it'll be only the most basic of plot points, like whether Alistair became king, that are actually carried over. Kind of a shame since it seems like a bit of a waste. I know that "import your old saves" is supposed to be a selling point, but if it has no function in the game other than aesthetic, why should I care? With Awakening it made sense to bring in your old hero, and they did a decent job of justifying it in Mass Effect 2, but Dragon Age 2 takes place like a hundred years after the first...

Then again, I'm not even sure if I'll be buying this one. It sounds like from everything I've heard that it will be a much shorter, less open ended, and far more directed game, not to mention lacking in tactical depth in favour of "visceral action" or whatever bullshit they vomit out. BioWare's games are increasingly designed by marketing and EA's executives, and I'm starting to feel like I'm going to have to start voting with my dollar.
pimlicosound 19th August 2010, 17:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
it will be a much shorter, less open ended, and far more directed game, not to mention lacking in tactical depth

I read that as: "less padding, tighter story, more cinematic and action that's easier to control". Long, unfocussed and difficult aren't necessarily gaming virtues - not for everyone, anyway.

As for it becoming more like Mass Effect 2 - I only wish every game could be so good.
Tokukachi 19th August 2010, 17:53 Quote
Am I the only person who thought Dragon Age was massively overrated? It's not a bad game, its just a average, generic RPG with a load of crap bolted on to sell it to pre-teens. Now before anyone starts complaining I mean average in a 7-8 review (as that seems to be what the "average" game gets these days) as opposed to 5 :)
Phalanx 19th August 2010, 18:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neat69
Am I the only person who thought Dragon Age was massively overrated? It's not a bad game, its just a average, generic RPG with a load of crap bolted on to sell it to pre-teens. Now before anyone starts complaining I mean average in a 7-8 review (as that seems to be what the "average" game gets these days) as opposed to 5 :)

You're not the only one. I bought it in the Steam Sale, and promptly uninstalled it less than a week later. I've still got my saved game, but I don't know if I can bring myself to trudge through the game :(
thehippoz 19th August 2010, 18:16 Quote
let's see in dragon age I got morganna pregnant.. I had sex with a dwarf and had to watch my back during battle when the elf assassin was behind me

I think I'll start fresh.. too much baggage
Yslen 19th August 2010, 18:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
let's see in dragon age I got morganna pregnant..


You mean Morrigan. Morgana is the witch from the BBC's "Merlin" series, based on Morgan le Fay. Too much TV, not enough Dragon Age!! :D

As far as the game goes, it's good that they're carrying characters over, and it would be nice to see little details carry through through I imagine it will be more simplistic. Personally I'm not thrilled that Dragon Age is becoming more like Mass Effect.

The way I see it, Mass Effect was a slightly simplified though far more immersive follow up to the old KOTOR games. Dragon Age was a continuation of Neverwinter Nights. Both are very different Bioware RPGs, and I liked how they were kept in their own seperate sub-genres until now.

Mass Effect is more cinematic; dramatic and exciting for the majority of the game, but rather simplistic. Dragon Age is like a fantasy novel read-your-own-adventure - it's got much more depth to it, and personally that's important to me.
Phalanx 19th August 2010, 19:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen
As far as the game goes, it's good that they're carrying characters over...

They're not. Read it again :)
triprunner 19th August 2010, 20:42 Quote
it's obvious game will focus on morrigan's and the main char's kid, just watch the trailer, he even looks a little like old witch and has the same dress sense...
Skiddywinks 19th August 2010, 20:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neat69
Am I the only person who thought Dragon Age was massively overrated? It's not a bad game, its just a average, generic RPG with a load of crap bolted on to sell it to pre-teens. Now before anyone starts complaining I mean average in a 7-8 review (as that seems to be what the "average" game gets these days) as opposed to 5 :)

For a spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, it sure was gash. I have played a total of maybe 6 hours of it, split between two different run throughs (started it, got bored, started again, got bored). Seriously not that good a game.
Yslen 19th August 2010, 21:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
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Originally Posted by Yslen
As far as the game goes, it's good that they're carrying characters over...

They're not. Read it again :)

Oh, I see. Yes that makes sense, as "Hawke" is fully voice acted. I wasn't thinking when I typed that, obviously.
dylawesome 20th August 2010, 00:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen

Oh, I see. Yes that makes sense, as "Hawke" is fully voice acted. I wasn't thinking when I typed that, obviously.

While I appreciate good voice acting, for many of the games I like, I would prefer no voice acting and more game & dialogue flexibility.
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