Hey folks, remember Dragon Age II? Remember how it was a sequel developed in around 18 months, had sweet nothing to do with the original game and was kinda bad on all fronts? Well, hopefully you’ve all calmed down from that game, because guess what? Bioware’s next project is a new Dragon Age game. An actual proper sequel, not some iOS or Facebook stuff. Titled Dragon Age III: Inquisition, it’s purportedly been in development for the last couple of years, and will be hitting retail shelves in late 2013. Though unfortunately, there isn’t much more than that.
The game was announced via an open letter to the fans on the Dragon Age website, in which we learnt of the games title, as well as how Bioware are working on a brand new engine for the game. If you’re wanting an idea, the foundation of the engine is based around DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine (which is slowly, but surely, becoming the defacto engine for most EA games). The game’s currently confirmed to be hitting PC’s, but it’s not a stretch to assume it’ll be hitting consoles as well. Speaking on the game is Aaryn Flynn, the general manager for Bioware’s Edmonton and Montreal: “We’ve been poring over player feedback from past games and connecting directly with our fans. They haven’t held back, so we’re not either. With Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, we want to give fans what they’re asking for – a great story with choices that matter, a massive world to explore, deep customization and combat that is both tactical and visceral.”
Here’s hoping that’s not just fluff. I could write quite the essay on how much of a disappointment Dragon Age II was, especially considering how amazing that first game was (yes, despite such things as the Fade or the insanely broken endgame), but I’m really hoping Bioware are taking all the criticisms to heart and actively trying to make a sequel on par with the original Dragon Age.