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Dragon Age 3: Inquisition Announced

September 23, 2012, Author: Ray Willmott

In unsurprising, but equally exciting news, Bioware have confirmed Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is a thing and also deep in development.

Bioware have, not so secretly, been working on Dragon Age 3 for nearly 2 years. However, production accelerated around 18 months ago, shortly after the launch of Dragon Age 2.

The game will be made by the same team as Dragon Age:Origins and Dragon Age 2. The game is a priority for Bioware and is currently slated for a ‘late 2013’ release window.

The most surprising news, however, is that the game will be using Frostbite 2 Technology, made famous by the likes of Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor. This technology will allow for a more expansive world with better visuals. The game will also react more to player choices and there will be greater levels of customization.

What’s even more surprising is that the game is scheduled to ship in ‘late-2013’, yet Bioware are hesitant to confirm platforms.

I’ll re-iterate that. Dragon Age 3: Inquisition has not been confirmed as an Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or PC title. We know the Frostbite 2 engine is playable on current-gen systems, however that does not mean we will see Inquisition on these platforms.

Regardless of what that means, the lack of clarity declares one thing. Next Gen is right around the corner and we all need to start thinking seriously about it.

Dragon Age 3 was inadvertently leaked a few months back when an EA survey found its way onto the internet. The survey went on to say that ‘the player, would be the leader of a new establishment called The Inquisition. You’ll have to root out the evil conspiring to bring the world of Ferelden into ruin.’

While unconfirmed, Kotaku also had a source claiming Dragon Age 3 would feature multiplayer. This certainly wouldn’t be the first Bioware RPG to accommodate that.

Here’s the full announcement from Executive Producer, Mark Darrah, on the Dragon Age Website

“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.”

What do you think? Will Bioware ‘get it right’ this time? Is Dragon Age 3 a next-gen launch title?

(Source: Dragon Age Website, Kotaku)