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Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced

The BioWare Blog is written by Mark Darrah, who introduces himself and Dragon Age III Inquisition, the next installment in the Dragon Age series of action/RPGs. They've been working on this for a couple of years now, and while they are not prepared to share details at the moment, Mark says they will be as open as they can along the way. There are a few tidbits to get us started, including word on a new game engine:

I am pleased to confirm that we are, in fact, working on the next Dragon Age game. Not a big surprise to most of you, I know. We have been working on it in some way for about two years now with the bulk of our efforts ramping up about 18 months ago.

Part of that effort has involved you, our fans, and the feedback you’ve provided for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and their DLC. 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.

Recently, I said that we didn’t want to talk about Dragon Age III unless we had something to show. I’m trying to stick to that plan and won’t be revealing much today. That said, a lot of information and rumors have surfaced recently and we don’t want to hide from them. 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.

So here’s what I can confirm for now:

  • The next game will be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
  • We won’t be talking about the story of the game today. Though you can make some guesses from the title.
  • This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. It’s composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers.
  • We are working on a new engine which we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization. At PAX East, we talked about armor and followers… Yeah, that kind of customization. We’ve started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.

There’s much more to talk about, of course, but it will have to wait until it’s ready for the prime time.

We are going to be as open as we can. We will continue to have a dialogue with you and answer what questions we can. Keep providing us with your feedback. I’m excited about what we are working on and I hope that you will be too. I know this is going to be hard to believe, but it is just as hard for me not to tell you stuff as it is for you to wait.

With thanks for your enthusiasm, and your patience,

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57. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 17, 2012, 17:05 Draugr
 
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 16:52:
Bad Dos wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 13:22:
DA2 was a totally different game from DA:O and really should never have been called DA2.

That would have saved a lot of bad blood. GW1 and GW2 same thing. Fallouts.... etc.

DA1 imo wasn't good at anything. Way to weak of a system for turn/pause base.
DA2 was good at only action.

So in my world it wasn't ever an amazing franchise.

The biggest news and this goes all the way back... Is they are finally going to have expansive open lands instead of a city block and load. Their games have zero adventure to them.

Now are they going to put coop back in? It sucks when all your predecessors had it and you move forward and it's then taken out. Reminds me of Madden bull shit.

"I have not green lit one game to be developed as a single player experience."

You bet they're considering putting coop in, though it won't be what you want. Imagine the blandness that is me3 co-op in the Dragon Age universe!

Undoubtedly, Bioware can't wait to tell you more about the co-op game mode they put in the game despite peoples protests or lack of interest. It'd be challenging for them to try and monetize you enjoying the actual game alongside a friend, so they'll avoid it. It certainly wouldn't be added for the games/players benefit.

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56. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 17:04 Jones
 
I think it's hilarious they had such a bad@ss engine for the first dragon age , then comepletely abandoned it for the crap that is DA2  
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55. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 17, 2012, 16:52 HorrorScope
 
Bad Dos wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 13:22:
DA2 was a totally different game from DA:O and really should never have been called DA2.

That would have saved a lot of bad blood. GW1 and GW2 same thing. Fallouts.... etc.

DA1 imo wasn't good at anything. Way to weak of a system for turn/pause base.
DA2 was good at only action.

So in my world it wasn't ever an amazing franchise.

The biggest news and this goes all the way back... Is they are finally going to have expansive open lands instead of a city block and load. Their games have zero adventure to them.

Now are they going to put coop back in? It sucks when all your predecessors had it and you move forward and it's then taken out. Reminds me of Madden bull shit.
 
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54. Re: DA3 sales Sep 17, 2012, 16:49 Fion
 
DA:O remains Bioware's top selling game of all time outside of SW:TOR. I hope EA takes that into account with the third installment. I do hope, but frankly don't expect the third game to be anything special. To me DA:O was the last great game Bioware ever made. I've been nothing but disappointed with every title released since then.  
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53. DA3 sales Sep 17, 2012, 16:41 yonder
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:38:
RollinThundr wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:23:
Doubtful that they learned anything to be honest, Laidlaw and Gaider were still all about the "awesome button" long past the sales failure that was DAII.

Apparently DA2 outsold DA:O significantly. I'm not sure it was a sales failure.

Nope: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.274668-Dragon-Age-2-Sales

That pretty much sums up EA's business model in a single graph.
 
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52. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 16:25 Angrius Maximis
 
NO MORE PLEASE  
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51. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 16:12 Draugr
 
I can't wait to see what kind of multi-player they try to shoehorn in there.  
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50. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 16:03 RollinThundr
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:38:
RollinThundr wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:23:
Doubtful that they learned anything to be honest, Laidlaw and Gaider were still all about the "awesome button" long past the sales failure that was DAII.

Apparently DA2 outsold DA:O significantly. I'm not sure it was a sales failure.

Apparently you would be wrong but that's alright. DA2 was not much more than a rushed cash in on the name
 
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49. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:54 nin
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:51:
I stand corrected! I had gone by Bioware saying they outsold DA:O 2-to-1 or something like that. Silly me for trusting devs

I'm pretty sure they hired the Iraqi Foreign Minister for PR during DA2's release.

 
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48. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:51 Flatline
 
I stand corrected! I had gone by Bioware saying they outsold DA:O 2-to-1 or something like that. Silly me for trusting devs  
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47. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:51 Cutter
 
Pass. Bioware has been gone far too long now.
 
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46. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:48 Verno
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:38:
Apparently DA2 outsold DA:O significantly. I'm not sure it was a sales failure.

Nah, it actually undersold DA:O in the first year, I don't know if it has since overtaken it from being in the bargain bin so quickly or not. It had stronger sales in the first month, probably driven by demand from fans of the first game but they dropped off a cliff after that. DA:O is one of the few games I've seen where it consistently rose in sales for awhile following release, probably all of the positive word of mouth.

DA:O had a 5 year dev time versus the 18 month cycle for DA2 which is why Bioware/EA love the latter so much, they sold less copies but made more profit due to less dev expenses. To be fair though, DA:O had a new engine and associated modules/API that took up the brunt of that dev time.
 
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45. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:45 Prez
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:38:
RollinThundr wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:23:
Doubtful that they learned anything to be honest, Laidlaw and Gaider were still all about the "awesome button" long past the sales failure that was DAII.

Apparently DA2 outsold DA:O significantly. I'm not sure it was a sales failure.

I heard the oppostie actually. Time to go googling to find the truth.

Update:

...Let me say upfront: I am not a market analyst. These data were taken from the website gamrreview.com which gets its data from vgchartz.com.

Total sales of both games as of July 22nd: DAO 3.79 million, .39 million PC DA2 1.45 million, .29 million PC

A better comparison is the first ten weeks following launch of the games. DAO had already sold 2.5 million, and DA2 barely made half that.

Taken from the Grey Wardens blog. There are similar links all over.

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44. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:40 nin
 

I sacrificed myself at the end of Dragon Age. There was no sequel for me...

 
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43. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:38 Flatline
 
RollinThundr wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 15:23:
Doubtful that they learned anything to be honest, Laidlaw and Gaider were still all about the "awesome button" long past the sales failure that was DAII.

Apparently DA2 outsold DA:O significantly. I'm not sure it was a sales failure.
 
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42. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:36 Pete
 
I will wait for a sale on this one.  
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41. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:34 Prez
 
The one bright spot that provides the faintest glimmer of hope that this game will be more like Origins and less like the incredibly disappointing DA2 is that it has already been in production longer than DA2's entire development cycle. Not much of a hope, but better than nothing I guess. If it sucks at release I will just replay Dragon Age Origins and hold a little service for Bioware's death, who, despite how terrible they have become under EA's dictatorship, I still am reluctant to write off completely given how great some of their earlier games were. This is their last chance for me personally.  
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40. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:24 Jivaro
 
I know this is going to sound a bit weird, but I think I am going to skip this game just on principle. I am not going to buy it, on sale or otherwise, and I am not going to pirate it.

I want EA and Bioware to know that the direction they are taking these games is nonsense. I don't want to contribute to "interest" numbers in any way.

Of course, a gazillion other people will pirate or buy the game and my effort will most likely be ineffectual...but I feel pretty confident that I won't be missing much and that my money can be better spent.
 
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39. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:23 RollinThundr
 
Creston wrote on Sep 17, 2012, 12:13:
Built on frostbite 2? Now that sounds really interesting.

I'm glad they're taking their time with this one. Hopefully at least SOMEONE at Bioware realizes that going from 4 million sales on Origins to 2 million sales on the turd that's DA2 means that you did something wrong somewhere. Despite all the bleating by Mark Laidlaw.

We'll see how it goes. Bioware has a lot of work to do to regain the blind pre-order trust from its fanbase. As far as I'm concerned, their games have been relegated to "I'll see what people say after a few weeks of it having been out," status.

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Doubtful that they learned anything to be honest, Laidlaw and Gaider were still all about the "awesome button" long past the sales failure that was DAII.

And are still on about their "Iconic Looks" for companions, aka we're too lazy to put the work in to make multiple pieces of armor work with our models.

I am actually kinda surprised Bioware has taken the turn to mediocrity as fast as they have. It took EA far longer to drive studios like Origin Systems and Bullfrog into the ground. They must have gotten better with practice.
 
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38. Re: Dragon Age III Inquisition Announced Sep 17, 2012, 15:10 Smellfinger
 
Bioware has made a career out of dumbing down the CRPG formula. I'm amazed at how long it took diehard PC gamers to figure this out.  
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