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Dragon Age II Character Changes

BioWare officially announces Dragon Age II, saying the just revealed fantasy-themed RPG sequel is scheduled for release in March 2011 for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It turns out the sequel will not feature the character customization of the original Dragon Age: Origins, and like Mass Effect 2 will limit the player to choosing between a male or female version of the human character. Word is: "Dragon Age 2 thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke’s rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor. Featuring an all-new story spanning 10 years, players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever." A discussion on the BioWare Social Network (thanks nin via Kotaku) confirms the situation, which has lead to some outcry with fans unhappy with the change. The announcement is accompanied by a couple of pieces of concept art.

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42. Re: Dragon Age 2 Character Changes Jul 9, 2010, 16:34 StingingVelvet
The last thing I thought Mass Effect 2 needed was more dialogue options. Everything had three choices or more and you could ask side questions about damn near anything. I don't think the main character VO is the problem... the game will certainly have less dialogue than Morrowind or Planescape, but that will be true for any game with ANY VO for years more now, probably.

The set character thing does limit some stuff, you will be Hawke and get to set Hawke's personality but you can't be a revenge-fueled elf, or a dwarven criminal... there are limits there now. But like I said with my JC Denton example, that doesn't mean it can't offer epic role-playing and choice...

I am MUCH more worried about what they will do to combat, choice and consequence and the art style than I am main character VO.
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