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BioWare on Dragon Age Changes, Past and Future

IndustryGamers recently spoke with BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka about Dragon Age II, and the discontent of some fans at the changes in the RPG sequel compared with Dragon Age: Origins. Dr. Ray points out that these changes helped introduce a wider audience to the series, but also talks about making changes based on user feedback in upcoming Dragon Age II DLC, and presumably Dragon Age III. Here's an excerpt:

"We’re working on future projects in the Dragon Age franchise," he acknowledged. "We have some more DLC plans, that actually address some of the feedback from some of our core fans. I think that’s going to be really satisfying to fans who liked DAO and DA2. We haven’t announced Dragon Age III formally at all, but we can say we’re definitely thinking about future products. There’s some cool stuff in the works there."

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31. Re: BioWare on Dragon Age Changes, Past and Future Aug 10, 2011, 10:38 Fion
 
For the record I forced myself through the entire game (as short as it was compared to the Original) as I heard the second half of the game was a lot better and it was an improvement, but it was still shit compared to DA1.

I can understand how some folks disliked the original. The combat was relatively slow for a 'modern rpg', the combat was also quite difficult in certain spots and casual players probably had a hard time with it, even on low settings and really it played more like a 90's RPG than one today and if you didn't really 'grow into' RPG's in that period you probably wouldn't 'get' it I suppose.

To me, DA:O was a masterpiece, despite it's relatively few flaws, it had such depth, such a detailed world as was unseen even in previous Bioware games. They spent five years crafting Dragon Age: Origins and it showed by it's shear depth and the amount of love the developers put into the game. It was about far more than just the game you see on the surface. And that love was returned, as the fans made it Biowares best selling game of all time, selling a million copies more than their next best seller (ME2). I beat DA:O three times (I still have a game or two I haven't finished on it, which I will return to at some point), twice even with the same class and it played 'very' differently based on decisions I made in the game.

By comparison DA2 was 'press a button, something awesome happens' with 'very' little depth, constant repeating content (areas, mobs, content, quests, you name it). It was just a shell of the original, an action game with the DA label slapped on it. But then again what do you expect? When EA bought Bioware they clearly saw how well it sold and told Bioware' you've got 18 months to make a sequel!

I have on Steam 302 hours played in DA2, thats four games, two completed, one I did 'everything' in the game. In DA2 I have 36... If that doesn't show which to me was better, nothing could.

This comment was edited on Aug 10, 2011, 10:47.
 
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