Dragon Age: Inquisition - The Next Generation of RPGs

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 03:53 -- RLWaterman

We’re still a way off the release of the next title from BioWare in the Dragon Age series, with a provisionally suggested release date of Q3, 2014 floating around the internet. Despite the distance until we can get a copy of the next-gen roleplaying game however, you might still have expected some information regarding what to expect from Dragon Age: Inquisition to be floating around, but BioWare employees have kept their lips tightly shut. Don’t worry though; the internet always has its ways of getting around such restrictions, such as a new leaked 30 minute video showing actual gameplay from the next Dragon Age game. We’re not sure how long it’ll be before the footage is taken down from YouTube, but for now we can take a look at what to expect.

The first thing to mention is that the footage leaked to the world of the web is far from final as the game is currently in a pre-alpha stage of development. Despite the limitation that poses, the video still gives an insight into the environments we can expect to enjoy in Dragon Age: Inquisition, along with the conversation and combat systems. If you have played the game’s predecessor, Dragon Age II, then you’ll already be fairly familiar with the conversation and combat systems. Conversation is handled in a similar way to BioWare’s Mass Effect series, and combat is fast-paced and action-packed, more akin to Dragon Age II than the original Dragon Age: Origins.

There’s a lot that we still don’t know, but even from this initial leaked video it’s obvious that Inquisition is going to be a beautiful and enormous RPG, with a more open world feel to the previous titles in the series. The video tells us about areas to explore that we may not be specifically sent to with a quest, but that contain loads to discover with many secrets to find. If you’re a role-playing fan this will be a game that undoubtedly takes many an hour to complete.

Dragon Age: InquisitionBioWare has paid particular attention to comments from fans of the previous titles and hopefully Dragon Age: Inquisition will therefore give us more of what we want. The actions that you take within this new title will have more of an impact on the outcome of the story than in previous games, which undoubtedly makes the world feel that much more immersive and improves the replay value. That’s not the only improvement to expect however; BioWare has explained that there have been updates to the romance aspect of the game and to character customization which should now be greatly expanded. For the first time you’ll also be able to play as a Qunari along with the other races, Human, Dwarf and Elf.

We don’t know much about what to expect from the plot of Dragon Ago: Inquisition, however we do know that a new fully-voiced protagonist will take center stage. Don’t panic if you have a strong attachment to the characters from previous titles however, as it seems that Inquisition will load certain aspects of your old saved games into this new world. You may end up meeting your original protagonists even as you play the new character. More details about the story to be found within this game will undoubtedly be released closer to the launch date, but the snippets of information that we have heard discussing a civil war in the land already sound captivating. Especially if BioWare’s promise is fulfilled and the actions we take in game have very real consequences on the outcome of the story.

Although initial reports suggest that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available on current and next generation consoles we do suggest that this might be one for the next generation. The Frostbite 3 engine that powers the game creates some stunning visuals that will be enjoyed all the more on the Xbox One over the Xbox 360. If our estimate of a release in Q3, 2014 is correct then you have plenty of time to save for your next gen console.

Hard data may be lacking when it comes to Dragon Age: Inquisition, but from the leaked game footage and snippets of information released by BioWare developers we’re confident that this will be an incredible title.

Are you a fan of the Dragon Age series? Will Inquisition be a title that encourages you to upgrade to the next generation of games consoles? Have your say below.

Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 11/15/2013

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So...much...pretty. I love Dragon Age, it is one of only two titles that I actually want for this whole "next gen" thing (the other is Halo 4). Being able to play as a Qunari is going to be cool, it will be interesting to see how they handle dialogue options for this as they are so different in terms of temperament. I preferred the second game to Origins for having the fully-fledged player character with a voice and personality development via dialogue, so I hope we don't get stuck the silent protagonist world again.

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