Some more info on Dragon Age 3: Inquisition

Finally some news on Dragon Age! Only a few snippets of news but it’s definitely got me excited.

Let’s start at the beginning – Dragon Age 3 has been announced, with the subtitle “Inquisition”. Followed up with a tasty first look at the games concept art. Now, BioWare has been exceptionally smart in releasing these 3, very different concept art scenes. Without a doubt it tries to show that they’ve been listening to fan complaints about Dragon Age 2’s lack of environmental variation, as it was mostly set in the threadbare town of Kirkwall.

But then again, this comes as no surprise, as BioWare is no stranger to listening to their community complaints. Taking into account their relatively quick release of an extended ending for the final installment to their hugely popular Mass Effect trilogy, in response to a flurry of complaints over the games unsatisfying ending.

During a panel at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, developers dished out some tantalizing tidbits on the sequel. They commented that we’ll be playing a human hero again this time around, with the option of different backgrounds to pave the direction of the story.

Creative Director Mike Laidlaw also confirmed at the panel that players will have an entire castle to control (a visual spectacle in one of the 3 new concept arts, seen below)! And that one level in Inquisition is bigger than of all stages in Dragon Age 2. BioWare claims that Dragon Age 3 will be the series’ biggest yet, with more customization and exploration opportunities than ever before.

The panel also reiterated to attendees that David Gaider – the man who played a huge writing part in both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 – will be returning to write for Inquisition. Also, that Flemeth will make some form of appearance.

The Dragon Age universe is fantastically rich in diversity, which is why it was such a smack in the face when Dragon Age 2 was full of repetitious same-same dungeons and spending the majority of its time in bland Kirkwall. It’s great to see some landscape diversity return to the franchise, even if it is a shame that you can’t play any other race than human. Though Laidlaw did also mention that they haven’t ruled out playing other races in future Dragon Age games.

Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is set to be the first BioWare game to run on DICE’s Frostbite 2 Engine and has tentative release window in late 2013.

So, are you excited to see the return of the Dragon Age universe? Or has it become as dull as Kirkwall in your eyes? Let us know in the comments below!

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