4:28 pm - 10/21/2012

Castles and Customization Among First Details to Emerge on Dragon Age III

Character customization will return "in a big way" for Dragon Age III according to a BioWare panel spilling details and concept art on next year's game at the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo today.

Already known as Dragon Age III: Inquisition and slated for a "late fall 2013" release, BioWare said it would release concept art being shown at the expo later today. Cinematic designer Jon Perry said that "one level in Dragon Age 3 is as big as all of the levels in Dragon Age 2."

Creative director Mike Laidlaw said that "customization is going to be bigger than Dragon Age Origins," to include "follower customization," according to producer Cameron Lee's live-tweeting of the event.

Asked how much control players would have over their character, lead writer David Gaider said "You will be human," before adding that "backgrounds will be in Dragon Age 3 even though you will be human, it's not playable but it does significant impact on the story." That again was according to Lee's twitter feed.

Other details trickling out suggest that you'll be able to take control of your own castle, and that the game will import prior character choices but, said executive producer Mark Darrah, "we're investigating some ways without save imports."

For more on this, I'd suggest following Lee on Twitter.

Revealed today on BioWare's blog, this concept art is pretty spectacular.

BioWare also revealed some basic (teasing) details from the next Dragon Age, which will be out in fall 2013.

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insidemyknee 21st-Oct-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Awesomesauce. Can't wait.
executivehpfan 21st-Oct-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Well, at least they're learning from reusing the same fucking cave for everything. Major fail of DAII.

I feel like we're almost at a point where importing your past saves are superfluous since DA:O choices had almost no impact on DAII, minus some random bits of dialogue and whether Alistair showed up as king or a drunk. And from the response to trying to figuring out how to import a save from DAII, it looks like the three stories are less connected and more just set in the same universe.

miakun 21st-Oct-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
My save was Alistair died so I got NOTHING, hahaha.

My second playthrough I picked that random "Dalish Elf" one and Merill talking about the Dalish Hero is SO SAD.
executivehpfan 21st-Oct-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Is it really? Aww, Merrill. lol I wonder if that would affect how I feel about her, since I can't stand her.
devourlove 21st-Oct-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
So does that mean I can skip the other three and play this one?
ectypes 21st-Oct-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
fuck i thought this was skyrim
executivehpfan 21st-Oct-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
My first thought, actually.

God I loved Skyrim. Needs better combat mechanics and more dialogue/connection with other characters, but that game was fucking beautiful.
ectypes 21st-Oct-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
this this this. have not finished the vampire DLC, nor have a i downloaded the "sims" DLC but ia w/ your summary.

and wtf was that dark brotherhood mess? it seemed so short to me.
megalixer 21st-Oct-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I found that the combat mechanics were significantly less annoying when I was playing as a sneaky thief archer/dagger using character. If you go for magic or hack n'slash it's a never ending stream of keep on pressing weapon/magic button --> pause --> chug potions --> rinse, wash, and repeat, but playing Skyrim like a stealth game is pretty fun! I also really love stealth games, so maybe I'm biased. I want to play Dishonored sooo badly but I can't atm :(

More dialogue/connection with other characters I definitely agree with though.
love_nicotine 21st-Oct-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
"one level in Dragon Age 3 is as big as all of the levels in Dragon Age 2."

Good, because I was highly disappointed with how fast I beat that game.
squalor 21st-Oct-2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
i loved all the backstory in the first game, and i actually didn't hate the second one even though i realized it was a miss, so i am so here for this game
silky_pico 21st-Oct-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Oh well, can't be worse than DAII!
zeonchar 21st-Oct-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Sooooo excited!
odyle 21st-Oct-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
But will it be a launch title for the next Xbox?
miakun 21st-Oct-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Man, so excited. Wish they'd fix the bugs on some of the DA2 DLC though.
smileyjoe222 21st-Oct-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
My body is so ready for Dragon Age 3. My warden better mean something though because Merrill bitching about my warden being taken away and Grey Warden!Alistair showing and saying an amulet belonged to me was not enough for me. Also, Varric romance please and thank you.
megalixer 21st-Oct-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'm apprehensively excited for DA3. I think that DA2 was rushed and undoubtedly suffered in quality for being so (each dungeon being the same cave was especially bullshit; respawning waves of enemies, general implementation of Kirkwall) but it has some really good ideas that could have developed into a good game. The Qun invasion and the mage/templar conflicts were a lot more interesting than not!Orcs, even if they weren't paced well. The idea of being in one city could have been cool if the city had been more lively and changed in response to your character's choices, at least it's different than the typical Bioware "go redeem three or four plot coupons before going to the final area." The friendship/rivalry system was great and much more believable than friendship/romance points. IDK, the seeds of a good game were there. Didn't DA:O take like three years to make? If they'd gotten another year for DA2, I think it would have been really good.
thisampersand 21st-Oct-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
sincerely hoping the extra development time means they had a chances to fix most of the issues with DA 2 which lbr it was mostly the sizes and reusing of dungeons.
manaconda 21st-Oct-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
i wonder what kind of follower customization there will be?

we better get to choose armors. nhf some of DA2's outfit choices.
megalixer 21st-Oct-2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
to be fair, most of the armor in DA:O was butt-ugly as well. I was relatively OK with the lack of armor choice because at least it meant everything matched lolol /shallow gamer
manaconda 21st-Oct-2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
true! though at least the elves had shoes in DA:O.
wickedchild_md 21st-Oct-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)

Gimme gimme. Also, I love my Cousland Warden, so please bring her back around. And Fenris. Hawke, optional (though I do love me some sarcastic Hawke).
asha_greyjoy 21st-Oct-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
This looks great. i still havent finished DAII, but Ive gone through origins like 5 times. I hate everything about the second one except the clothing/character design
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