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Dragon Age III confirmed

Dragon Age III confirmed

Bioware's Dragon Age series is a spiritual successor to the iconic Baldur's Gate games.

The next instalment of BioWare's Dragon Age franchise has been announced alongside a call for more feedback on the previous titles.

Dragon Age III: Inquisition is being developed by a mixture of BioWare veterans who have worked on previous titles in the series as well as developers new to the studio and will be built on a revised engine that aims to deliver a more expansive world.

Using the Frostbite 2 engine as a foundation, Inquisition will allow more customisation, stronger visuals and promises more impact from player-driven choices. BioWare has been working on the title for approximately two years already.

Executive producer Mark Darrah officially announced the title and assured fans of the series that the studio was actively taking into consideration feedback and criticism from the previous two Dragon Age games.

'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,' said Darrah.

The existence of the third Dragon Age game was mooted at PAX East back in April when BioWare discussed what the title might hypothetically contain, discussing some of the armour and companion customisation details during a panel discussion.

Although no plot details have been confirmed, a leak from last month suggested that the third game will take place on the civil war beset continent of Orlias and will focus on religious organisation The Chantry with the player being a member of the Inquisition. The announced title appears to confirm at least part of this leak.

'A lot of information and rumours have surfaced recently and we don't want to hide from them,' added Darrah, referencing the leaks. '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.'

Dragon Age Origins was released in 2009 and was intended as a spiritual successor to the Baldur's Gate series. Although Origins was met with a strong critical reception, the sequel, released in 2011, fared less well and was criticised for a more simplified combat system and a less focused storyline.

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Jezcentral 18th September 2012, 10:01 Quote
Excellent! If they can marry the best of DAO and DA2, they'll be on to an absolute weiner.
bdigital 18th September 2012, 10:06 Quote
I hope they bring back the ability to kit out your party and choose their armour and weapons etc.

Taking that away in DA2 made it much less of a game in my opinion.
Jezcentral 18th September 2012, 10:26 Quote
It was just the armour you couldn't change, weapons were perfectly interchangeable (although Bianca may have ben tied to Varric, IIRC). I didn't think it was too bad, and I liked the characters having a more consistent look (which made sense with Aveline keeping her guard armour on, and in DAO, I kept Morrigan in her side-boobalicious togs. I'm not sure how that makes it less of a game, but each to their own. Hopefully, DA3 wil be enough for both of us.
bdigital 18th September 2012, 11:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jezcentral
It was just the armour you couldn't change, weapons were perfectly interchangeable (although Bianca may have ben tied to Varric, IIRC). I didn't think it was too bad, and I liked the characters having a more consistent look (which made sense with Aveline keeping her guard armour on, and in DAO, I kept Morrigan in her side-boobalicious togs. I'm not sure how that makes it less of a game, but each to their own. Hopefully, DA3 wil be enough for both of us.

It was less of a game for me. Because i was no longer fully in charge of my crew and more importantly as a knock on..... It reduced the tactical element of fighting in certain ways depending on how i had kitted them out.
themassau 18th September 2012, 13:33 Quote
i hope they make more differnt levels again. DAO was good evry level felt and was different and you had multiple cities. da2 was better in skills etc but was really bad in level design you had like 3 or4 template levels and they just opened other doors or made the exit the entrance etc. the story was still good but the levels were disappointing. so lets hope they fixed that.
Anakha 18th September 2012, 15:59 Quote
Oh, you guys NEED to see the PAX stuff, where they talked a lot about party customization. It's up on Gamespot in two parts, if you're interested, and WELL worth the time to watch.
Fizzban 18th September 2012, 16:30 Quote
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dolphie 19th September 2012, 03:08 Quote
DA2 was one of the most obnoxiously crap games I've ever played. Such a massive %^£! YOU to former bioware fans, but then, Bioware is no more, so it's to be expected. Highly suspicious of the third one unless it's a total return back to Origins' direction.
Taniniver 21st September 2012, 12:03 Quote
Dragon Age 1: Pretty Solid. Fun to play, reasonable varied environments, good story. Only criticism is that some of the individual sections seemed a bit too long - I didn't do more than one full playthrough, which is unusual for me.

Dragon Age 2: Bleh. Lazy lazy lazy lazy lazy. Can you say "constant cheesy pop ups of enemies and re-use of environments to a ridiculous degree". Bad.
Tangster 21st September 2012, 12:14 Quote
We'll see if they learned anything from reception of DA2 and ME3. I can't see myself pre-ordering this one, going to wait for fanbase reviews.
Siskods9 6th October 2012, 10:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tangster
We'll see if they learned anything from reception of DA2 and ME3. I can't see myself pre-ordering this one, going to wait for fanbase reviews.

Absolutely!

I loved DAO and hated DA2.
I also loved ME2 and was really let down by what they did with ME3.

C'mon Bioware get it right! :(
GravitySmacked 6th October 2012, 11:41 Quote
I enjoyed both the first and the second so really looking forward to this :)
MjFrosty 6th October 2012, 17:30 Quote
Where as I enjoyed the original and #2, it becomes entirely apparent just how boxed in you are in Dragon Age 2 after playing Witcher 2 directly after. Hope they give you a much better variety of areas and don't let the Xbox 360s limited capacity kill it again.
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