BioWare releases more Dragon Age: Inquisition concept art

Developer unleashes new images for upcoming role-playing game.

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BioWare has released numerous new pieces of concept art for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the developer's upcoming role-playing game.

The images, from lead concept artist Matt Rhodes, were originally shown during this weekend's Dragon Age: Inquisition panel at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington.

The newly released concept art shows off the game's recently confirmed Qunari playable race, as well as various scenes of humor and struggle alike. More images are available on Rhodes' website.

Dragon Age: Inquisition runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, the technology also behind upcoming games Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals.

The role-playing game was recently delayed one year. It is now due out in fall 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, check out GameSpot's recent preview.

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darth_sedus
darth_sedus

I await this game with great anticipation and zeal. 

Chaos_Hammer
Chaos_Hammer

Am I the only one who thinks making nationality a choice would be a nice dynamic? I mean I love Fereldan, but what if you could be a Tevinter mage, or an Orlesian bard, or hell an Ander warrior. I just think the additional depth and voice changes would be an cool addition to the dragon age world

June-GS
June-GS

Nice. They could make a fun animated or comic book series out of these images alone.

EXODYS
EXODYS

I like these pictures, especially the last one, charge!!!! .... Or flee perhaps?

Recondite505
Recondite505

I actually like the concept art.  Alot even.  Sadly this art (or anything else for that matter) isn't going to make up for the fact that this isn't going to have an isometric view option on PC.  Or maybe it is and I am just not giving EA the benefit of the doubt.  If what I'm guessing is going to happen ends up happening, though, they should just call it something else because for me it won't feel like a Dragon Age game if it still feels like they don't care about selling it to PC gamers and console gamers got fundamental priority.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

These were.....monumentally boring.

Except when I saw the second-to-last......for a moment there I thought they had incorporated the alien ship from LV-426.  ;-)

Hurvl
Hurvl

Last image: Big enemy demon creature is big.

Gagomkd
Gagomkd

Suddenly everyone is playing DA:O ,including myself .

isshiah
isshiah

Playing as a kassith mage (qunari saarebas).

I need new pants.



Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

Lackluster.  I hope the game world is actually more inspiring than these art pieces.

DrowNoble
DrowNoble

The inquisition is an organization not affliated with anyone that does what it can to fight threats to the world as a whole right? Uh, isn't that the Grey Wardens too?  They don't answer to any one organization but through treaties bring different powers together to fight the Blight.  

So the Inquisition is the Wardens that fights anything and the Wardens only fight a Blight?  So the Wardens look up and say "nope we don't do demons, just Blight, you're all borked"?

fscobie
fscobie

Love it...this game will be a good reason to get the PS4

Oaken-shield
Oaken-shield

I can not wait to get this game honestly. Gosh there will be a whole lot of good games to play this year.  Christmas will be a year long once november is here!!!

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

concept art is quiet different than actual game. it looks cel shaded.

Tzardok
Tzardok

The thing about concept art is that they usually are cooler than the final product, I suppose they create expectation and then my imagination goes too far, only to be limited by the end product. With that said, I truly believe this is shaping to be the best DA game of the series, lets see how the combat handle itself though.

SlaviksG
SlaviksG

i want normal res pictures

Dictatroll
Dictatroll

I just played DA:O two days ago for the first time after recommendation from my friends even though it didn't appeal to me, but i gotta say i'm loving it so far.

But i have a Q, after i finish it...should i buy DA : 2?, people tell me  that it's horrible and not worth it..

SexyMiralda
SexyMiralda

So far with what's shown about this game, it is looks really nice. I need to revisit partly played DAO before this game is out.

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

If they take their time with it and Bioware takes their heads out of EA's ass the game might actually be good.

radikel
radikel

Honestly, there are only two games that i will MOST definitely get next year,. Witcher3 & DkS-2, the rest can sod off. Only after 2 months or so after release will i dare to approach them even, especially 'Inquisition'.

ginpran
ginpran

the art looks fantastic..hopefully they don't reuse the same dungeons for every level :D

Gagomkd
Gagomkd

@isshiah What a coincidence,I was thinking the same race/combo

shaedar
shaedar

@DrowNoble You got it pretty much right - Wardens are all about Darkspawn - it's literally in their blood, if you recall. Think of them like a specialized law enforcement agency like the DEA or the ATF (or perhaps ICE, more appropriately) - they might help out if you ask them, but technically it isn't their job. 

 The Inquisition, on the other hand, is more like the FBI or the Dept. of Homeland Security - they have the authority to step in and take over pretty much wherever they want.

mishdogg
mishdogg

@fscobieAre you serious??? Console??? 

You need to get a reality check, no offense.  If you care about any of the following, PC is the way to go.

1.  Better graphics.

2.  Mods. 

3. Tactical view means if you're not using a mouse to micromanage the combat, you're not enjoying the game to the full extent.

suppaPHly
suppaPHly

@fscobie really a ps4 just for this game i"m not judging if you want a ps4 should it not be for the ps only titles i just got back into pc gaming after over ten years and after skyrim with all the mods i can't even fathom of what could be done  to this after the modders get hold of it.

jophy
jophy

@Dictatroll if u love DAO, DA2 is gonna be a huge change and step down from it. it is still an enjoyable experience in its own rights.

mep69
mep69

@Dictatroll I loved DA:O sooooo much, so I was expecting a little too much from DA 2. To cut it short, I hated it. Every part of It I witnessed. I found the story dry and weak, I found the repetitive maps over and over boring. I even thought "Hey, I'll just turn a trainer on and finish the game. I can't leave this game uncompleted." but it was all to no avail. The story hurt me more than a kick to the balls.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

@Dictatroll - do not expect anything like DAO.  It is a console targeted game and a lot shorter and not much in depth as DAO, and really should have carried a different title than Dragon Age 2. The characters are different  and the elves are absolutely atrocious to look at.  At first I played it through as a warrior and didn't think much of it, but this year I did pick it up again and played it through as a Mage and I absolutely adored the game in its own right. After all DAO has a beginning, a middle and certainly different endings, so I wasn't disappointed that DA2 was almost nothing like DAO. 

shingui5
shingui5

@Dictatroll 

I'll not leave a long-winded comment, so let me be brief: 
If you like DA: O, and find the story and world fascinating, then yeah, play DA2. But in no way have high expectations, and prepare to come out of it feeling utterly disappointed. 

orbit991
orbit991

@Dictatroll It's not really worth it, it was an unfinished money grab with to many things wrong with it to list. Get the expansion for DAO instead.

Stiler
Stiler

@Dictatroll If you intend to play DA3 the story of DAII will be important, especially considering that Varric (who's one of your main party members in DA2) is in it as a party member too.  As well as the general storyline and events that happen. 

 However where DAII falls short is the gameplay and design department. 

1. Gone is the "Epic" scale/adventure tone, it's set mainly in a single city (Kirkwall), so there's not really a sense of adventure/travel like you have with DA:O. 

2. The environments are super repetitive and reused. Lots of places "look the same" with a lot of copy and pasting textures/layouts, the world feels very generic. 

3. You have less leeway to shape your party members. If you want a healer? You have two choices, be a healer yourself, or take Anders along with you in your party. You can not take another mage and shape them into a healer or mold a tank'ish person into a dps or vice versa.  This means if you like a character and want them in your party b ut they aren't the class you neeed, it will be much harder unlike in DA:O where you have orom to ooshape characters to what you needed them to be and could make  a good party out o fhte people you liked rather then the people you " needed."

4. Gone is the tactical combat. The combat in DA2 is much mor eaction focused and faster paced. Enemies spawn out of mid air, you can't use nearly as good tactics as you could before with traps/aoe and using choke points in the maps (as enemies will just spawn behind you, etc). Combat actions have your characters "leaping" to enemies, it feels more like something out of an Anime then like the combat in DA:O which was a throwback to games like Baldur's Gate.

IF you can get past these above mentioned issues and just focus on the story you may enjoy it, but for the reasons I listed above is why many people that loved DA:O hated DA2. It's a decent story game with some good characters (Varric) that's weighed down by some stupid design decisions that ignored what made DA:O so loved by fans.

RogueBase
RogueBase

@Dictatroll @Dictatroll I think the game is worth owning, the friends I've recommended to the game series so far haven't really had much to gripe about regarding DA2 story-wise. Personally, DA2 could have been better, could have used a little more work & effort. But like some games that have sequels there is usually a weak one. Look at ME, for an example. It all depends on who you talk to. I liked DA2, it had it's downfalls but it's all part of a story and I do think it was worth the money. It's like reading a series of books, say like Wheel of Time, there were a couple of weak books but they still had to be read to get the whole the story. The decision is yours, but not every DA player thought it was crap. That's a decision you'll have to make. Varric, Fenris & Isabela made the game for me. The decision is yours, my friend. But imagine reading a series of books & leaving out one because you thought the first few chapters were boring.....

Daian
Daian

@ginpran I hated that, worst part about that game, same map templates over and over again, immersion ruined. So repetitive and rushed out the game.

isshiah
isshiah

Just to see the hatred in the eyes of qunari. We might be able to romance the qunari companion, too.

fscobie
fscobie

@mishdogg @fscobie That's a really good point, I couldn't imagine playing Dragon Age: Origins on anything other than a PC...it's been a big debate for me whether to get a new gaming PC or hold off until the PS4

Tzardok
Tzardok

@RogueBase @Dictatroll I think Rogue pretty much nailed it. Look, my personal beef with DA2 is that you are kept in the same type of scenario during the most of your adventure. I never tire of saying it however, that I enjoy playing a warrior, and the warrior combat in DA2 was better to my tastes than DA:O. Also, I am re-playing DA:O, it is more epic I suppose (going all over the place and choosing your alliances), I prefer that story over DA2, but there is one serious drawback in Origins, the dumb-mute protagonist. Every time I don't hear my character speaking it pulls me out of the immersion, so DA2 was better in that regard as well. I like what rogue said, its like a book, sometimes you have to go thru the more focused parts which can help set/flesh out specifics before you can get back to the epic telling. For what it is worth, I truly believe Inquisition will be better than DA2, will it be better than DA:O? I don't know, but I certainly hope so.

ginpran
ginpran

@Daian @ginpran  ya I liked the combat....but the rest of it was for me so so, the environment, the city, the characters, and the illusion of choice :)

shingui5
shingui5

@Daian @ginpran 

what are you two talking about?
It was of course a different dungeon every time. Did you not see all those blocked out doors every time you entered a dungeon? 
Completely different place. 

isshiah
isshiah

True. There is a codex entry in the qunari compound in DA2 that discusses this. However, they should still put people on the edge.

razor_rj
razor_rj

@Cytix @isshiah sten talked a LOT once you befriended/respected him, its not that qnari dont speak,its they dont like to speak to strangers/foreigners becouse they consider them uncivilized.

Cytix
Cytix

@isshiahi hope that if u are a qunari, your char will speak less than any other race - like sten used to. and that they'll cover for it with the NPC's being uncomfortable with the lack of long, full answers.

mep69
mep69

@Tzardok @RogueBase @Dictatroll But that's the whole point of this sort of Fantasy Role-playing game. I always like to hear the voice in my head (as crazy as it may sound), then I can imagine how I want my character sound, not how a potentially bad voice actor my portray it.

At least if the are adding VA keep the text choices, instead of the terrible dialogue wheel.

Cytix
Cytix

@Tzardok@captcalamity@valium88@Necro_Fear89

 this is why and where cd projekt red shines, they owe no one answers, you could even call them the biggest indie dev company in the world since they don't have a publisher breathing down their necks, and this is why The Witcher was AMAZING and The Witcher 2 had EVERY AMAZING THING the first did, and MORE AMAZING THINGS - this is why Witcher 3 will be Skyrim 9.0 + Witcher - and this is why DA:2 wasn't as good, they take an amazing company with an amazing product, rush em, and want to get better results than if they had time.

Tzardok
Tzardok

@captcalamity @valium88 @Necro_Fear89 I am not sure how much EA "suffocates" Bioware. I think EA tries to stay clear from their top dogs. Bioware and DICE seem to have more freedom than other studios. I am pretty sure they interfere on some level, put pressure, but I think EA needs to let them breathe, I their management is probably aware if it. 

I think both Blizzard and Bioware are to be blaimed for their mistakes more so than their publishers. There is a saying that goes around for "suit people", if its winning, don't touch it.

With that said, I do know EA in particular, is the master of bad business choices.

ginpran
ginpran

@alexsau @Daian @shingui5 I hope they take their time..and do not rush it as they did DA 2 ...cause DAO set the bar high and the Witcher series has raised it...hope DA 3 can compete

alexsau
alexsau

@Daian @shingui5 Erm? No idea?... Maybe it was because they only had a year to develop it. What exactly do you expect from such a short development time, thanks to EA rushing it out. 

Daian
Daian

@shingui5 :)). Seriously, I have no idea how they could look themselves in the mirror after putting out such a half assed game and ask full price for it, felt like a really long and repetitive expansion at best.