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#1 MrPiggles

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:20 PM

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Bioware's next entry into the Dragon Age series has just been officially confirmed (with a scheduled late 2013 release date). Here's their official statement:
 

 

An open letter from Mark Darrah, Executive Producer
Hey everyone,

We are going to do things a little differently today. Some of you may not know who I am so to start out, I'm going to tell you a little bit about myself.

I joined BioWare in May of 1997 making this year my 15th year with the Company (So, old…). I am a programmer by training and implemented the AI, scripting, and combat systems in Baldur's Gate. After that, I moved into a lead programmer role on Tales of the Sword Coast, BG2, and Throne of Bhaal. I kept my hands dirty during this time; you have me to blame for the wild mage.

After the Baldur's Gate series, I was the lead programmer on Jade Empire, though I made a brief detour to implement the first version of the DM client in Neverwinter Nights.

Then through a weird series of un-relatable stories, I ended up on BioWare's handheld title Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. I started out as Lead Programmer and finished in charge of the project. Along the way I managed to write a scripting language somehow WORSE than the one in BG, yet at the same time coded a stats system that I am VERY proud of. Fundamentally, the core achievement was that you could not die after you had already; it's surprising how hard that can be to ensure, sometimes.

Finally I moved over to the Dragon Age franchise. I have been the Executive Producer since just before Dragon Age: Origins shipped.

I am part of an active D&D campaign, love collecting pen and paper stuff and like walks on the beach.

Actually I don't like walks on the beach, too smooshy.

Okay, enough about me, why have I called you all here today?

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,

Mark

Source: http://dragonage.bio...om/inquisition/

 

Trailer: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=rh8v3Et4tGE


Edited by MrPiggles, 11 June 2013 - 01:58 AM.


#2 RedvsBlue

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:25 PM

They've got a long road ahead of them to convince me that:

A) a Dragon Age game is still worth playing
And
B) a Bioware game is still worth playing.

...After the 1-2 punch of Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3.

#3 MrPiggles

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:28 PM

They've got a long road ahead of them to convince me that:

A) a Dragon Age game is still worth playing
And
B) a Bioware game is still worth playing.

...After the 1-2 punch of Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3.


Dragon Age II was no doubt rushed, and was fairly shitty. But it looks like they've taken more time with developing DAIII, so hopefully it'll redeem Bioware. And it'll be based on the frostbite 2 engine, so at least it'll be pretty.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:35 PM

As one of the only people (maybe the only person? :lol:) who thought that Dragon Age II was a big improvement on the first, and was quite satisfied with Mass Effect 3 overall (though I didn't think it was quite as good as ME2), I'm still firmly in BioWare's camp. Looking forward to Dragon Age III with zero reservations.

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#5 Anexanhume

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:07 PM

As one of the only people (maybe the only person? :lol:) who thought that Dragon Age II was a big improvement on the first, and was quite satisfied with Mass Effect 3 overall (though I didn't think it was quite as good as ME2), I'm still firmly in BioWare's camp. Looking forward to Dragon Age III with zero reservations.


DA2 was an improvement gameplay and combat wise (minus auto attack debacle) and ME3 was mostly rectified with the EC, so I'm not straying anytime soon.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:10 PM

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#7 Blade3D

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:23 PM

Dragon Age 2 was nowhere near as good as the first. Mass Effect 3 I thought was good but not as good as 2. Overall I am still satisfied by the games that Bioware puts out. Now this might not be a Day 1 purchase for me, but I will eventually play it.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:30 PM

Looking forward to it.
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#9 chubbyninja1319

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:31 PM

I'm one of DA2's biggest supporters, as well. I loved everything about it and thought it improved on everything over DA:O except for the volume of DLC and crew customization. But, it's pretty much confirmed that is coming with DAIII, so consider me happy.

So, the wait begins. *sigh*

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:02 PM

I knew it was coming, but I am excited to see the official announcement. I loved DA:O and loved a lot of the gameplay changes that came with DAII. Sure, each left room for improvement and no game is perfect, but the story in both was great and I had a lot of fun.

With the books, comics, and other media they have tied in, BW has done a lot to expand and build on the story they started with the games. I'm excited to see where this 3rd installment is taking us. However, I just know that "late 2013" will become "Q1 2014" so I'll have to be patient waiting for this one.


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#11 RedvsBlue

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:43 AM

Dragon Age II was no doubt rushed, and was fairly shitty. But it looks like they've taken more time with developing DAIII, so hopefully it'll redeem Bioware. And it'll be based on the frostbite 2 engine, so at least it'll be pretty.


The rushing of DA2 was practically inexplicable. They had a plan to string out the DLC for DA:O but then all of a sudden went "fuck it, let's rush out the new one."

The combat on 2 wasn't too bad but what really got me was just how much smaller in scope and variety it had versus the 1st one. There was essentially 3 different main dungeon setups and the world in general had nothing to it. Severely disappointing considering how expansive and open DA:O felt.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:28 AM

Well the story and locations were clearly sub-par but I thought the characters and combat made up for it. I heard 3 might be for next-gen consoles which would suck because I probably wont have the $ to buy one right away. Let's hope it's not true....

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#13 David Hibiki

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:46 PM

If I recall last year after Skyrim's success they said they wanted to have a more open world game.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:47 PM

I enjoyed DA2. Hell, I've enjoyed the majority of Bioware games despite what some gaming nerds may think.
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:15 PM

They've got a long road ahead of them to convince me that:

A) a Dragon Age game is still worth playing
And
B) a Bioware game is still worth playing.

...After the 1-2 punch of Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3.


Couldn't say it better

#16 David Hibiki

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:47 PM

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This can't be good though.

#17 MrPiggles

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:51 PM

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This can't be good though.


Oooh boy. My doubts for DAIII are starting to get stronger. It says that they "retired", but considering how they're both retiring AT THE SAME TIME, then there's probably some internal issues in Bioware.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:05 AM

Yes, the Dr's are out. But, Mike Darrah, Mike Laidlaw, Dave Gaider and the rest of the Bioware crew are still there. We're in good hands.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:03 AM

Oooh boy. My doubts for DAIII are starting to get stronger. It says that they "retired", but considering how they're both retiring AT THE SAME TIME, then there's probably some internal issues in Bioware.


If you look at where Bioware was in terms of industry standing prior to their acquisition by EA and where they are now they've fallen very, very far. I mean we're talking about a company that set the bar for western RPGs and made them relevant with stuff like Neverwinter, KotoR, Mass Effect.

Now they're in a position where their name has been bastardized with Bioware Victory studio and it's seemingly "development hell"-ed Command Conquer reboot. On top of that you've got Bioware proper having a string of critically panned releases including Star Wars The Old Republic, Dragon Age 2, and Mass Effect 3. We feared that EA's buyout could spell disaster for Bioware and now it seems as if those fears are coming true. Personally, I don't think Mass Effect 3's issues has much to do with the EA buyout but very clearly the other 2 were the result of EA meddling and rushing.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:24 PM

I have Dragon Age Ultimate Edition in my backlog. Should I still play Dragon Age 2 after I finish DA:UE because I heard DA2 was a letdown?

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

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#22 Ryuukishi

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:40 PM

I have Dragon Age Ultimate Edition in my backlog. Should I still play Dragon Age 2 after I finish DA:UE because I heard DA2 was a letdown?

Play DA:O and then decide if you want more of that.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:50 PM

I have Dragon Age Ultimate Edition in my backlog. Should I still play Dragon Age 2 after I finish DA:UE because I heard DA2 was a letdown?


If you enjoy DA:O and the story, I suggest you find a cheap copy of 2 and give it a shot. It's not a total disaster or anything. I thought it had its faults, but it was a lot of fun too.

#24 Anexanhume

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:00 PM

If I recall last year after Skyrim's success they said they wanted to have a more open world game.


I don't know why Skyrim would provoke that but Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Fallout: NV wouldn't.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:29 AM

I don't know why Skyrim would provoke that but Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Fallout: NV wouldn't.


Money.

Skyrim has already outsold Oblivion supposedly and hasn't even been out a year yet.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

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This can't be good though.


I wish them both the best of luck regardless of how I truly feel about BioWare, but I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I hadn't saw it coming.

 

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#27 Anexanhume

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:57 PM

Money.

Skyrim has already outsold Oblivion supposedly and hasn't even been out a year yet.


And fallout 3 outsold Oblivion. And Oblivion outsold Morrowind. Their sales have simply been growing over time. Skyrim also came out at a time when consoles were well established. It's not surprising.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:04 PM

Fuck Bioware.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:57 AM

I don't really have high hopes for this after DA2. Origins was such an amazing game, by far one of the best games I've played in the last 10 years and it still astounds me to this day how DA2 turned out after its release. I had my doubts and was unfortunately proved to be right when DA2 premiered and I really don't see them improving a whole lot even with more time. I'll still play it anyway just to see how the story turns out but I'll probably wait until the "ultimate edition" comes out this time.

#30 imacjenn

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 05:50 AM

The main problem with DA2 was just that it was called DA2. It would have been a fine game on its own, but it really was NOT a sequel to DA:O at all. The question is - which game is DA3 really going to follow? (or neither)?