BioWare Reveals More Details on Leliana's Return in Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Orlesian Bard will be present in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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BioWare has revealed more information regarding the return of a party member from Dragon Age: Origins in its upcoming role-playing game, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Leliana as she appeared in Dragon Age: Origins.

Leliana was previously confirmed to make an appearance in Inquisition, and according to the character's page on the official Dragon Age site, her "devotion to the Maker is matched only by her devotion to Divine Justinia V, a woman who is both mentor and savior."

Several screens show Leliana's new appearance and hint at her role as "the shadow behind the Sunburst Throne" in Inquisition.

The character's first appearance was in Dragon Age: Origins as a recruitable party member. She went on to appear briefly in the game's sequel, Dragon Age II.

Just a few days ago BioWare revealed Dorian as a party member, described by writer David Gaider as "legitimately gay."

Dragon Age Inquisition launches October 7 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Discussion

274 comments
jerusaelem
jerusaelem

"Look everybody! A character we liked from the Dragon Age game that didn't suck! Who cares if she's nonplayable? I recognize her! First Morrigan and now Leliana! I may have to preorder three copies! Maybe even four if they have multiple special collectors editions! Oh boy!"


^ Basically how EA/Bioware see us at this point.

razor_rj
razor_rj

i like leliana, but i consider her role in da2 a betrayal since i made her a hardore assassin, so they made a conpromise making her a church asassin ? bull ! Also she should be dead or tainted by now from all the darkspawn blood she bathed in. Or  who knows, maybe the Warden semen acted as a vacine.

ilego2
ilego2

I WANT TO HAVE LELIANA AS PARTY MEMBER

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

Every single rpg fan alive will eventually pick up DA: Inquisition whether they like EA or not and anyone who has seen the latest extended gameplay video with Leliana and still says they aren't going to play it is lying. 

Shielder7
Shielder7

I'm waiting for the Reveal of 5$ custom hair cuts and armor paint, 10$ resource sniffing dogs and 15$ weapon packs and venders etc.


You know they're coming....................

IJONOI
IJONOI

I thought Leliana had just been bought by Liverpool FC?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Remember when Leliana could die in the first game?

Remember when Bioware ignored your choices and just shoved her into the ending of DA2?

tizmond
tizmond

Glad to see Varric is returning and Cassandra from DA2 will be a party member.

It's just sad to see the characters from the first game being used in the trailers, when they'll most likely be reduced to meaningless cameos.
No doubt the Warden Commander & Hawke's disappearances will be explained away with a couple of lines of dialogue, or again, they'll appear in minor cameos.

I just think BioWare should have stuck to a single protagonist, like they did with Mass Effect. It made you care about the story and your companions a lot more. I'm not saying BioWare have got it completely wrong by introducing new party members: It keeps the games fresh. But, when there's not a single companion from the first game as a party member, it makes me not really care for the newer ones. It just seems that, for the most part, your companions are meaningless fodder.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

So the Worst Accent In Gaming is coming back. Well fan-fracking-tastic. And that is sarcasm.

darinhyatt
darinhyatt

Leliana was one character that I really didn't like at all. She sounded like some empty-headed little girl with a speech impediment, which they tried to pass off as a French accent.

m_dorian
m_dorian

Bioware: 'We have to fanservice hard and fast, else noone will buy our relationship-simulator-disguised-as-an-RP game. Hype more."

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I really hate how they've taken everything that a player may have done with her in DA:O and thrown it away.  It speaks to their commitment to player choice, which is to say that it isn't there at all.  They truly and utterly don't care about the choices they give at the ol' BioWare studios, which is why games like Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age 2 turned out as they did.  


Oh, and spoilers, but really?  You didn't play these games yet and are reading about this one?


Oh, you destroyed the alien base?  well, they repaired it so it doesn't matter.  oh, you didn't destroy the base?  Good, because now we don't have to pretend like we didn't take your choice into consideration.  Oh, the rachni lived?  here's 150 points which you could just get easily somewhere else or by playing multiplayer(!!).  remember all those important characters you save?  well, if they're dead, we have replacements because we don't want to make more than one cutscene.  it's just a character of the same race with slightly different skin.


Oh, you didn't want to destroy that church?  Too bad, the guy does it anyway and you get blamed and then all the mages turn into abominations and all the templars are drug addicts and you have to take a side in this mess.  oh, it was the templar lady and the mage guy both being evil all along?  okay, thanks for that.


They make my favorite kind of game in as bad a way as it can be done.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

Fun Fact: Leliana has appeared in more Dragon Age media than any other companion. She is the writers' favorite.

Maj_Wood
Maj_Wood

I Can't say that I am surprised with her return  she is the X.O. of the  Devine (in game of course)

TaronAroyan
TaronAroyan

The only characters i care for is DA:O and I want them all back as main party members

kralhasanyigit
kralhasanyigit

I want all of em... Zevran, Alistair, Morrigan; all...

theprismhead
theprismhead

Dead characters should stay dead. That old dragon hag resurrected too which is even worse. This is ME3 all over again (councilor Anderson :\).

zyxe
zyxe moderator moderator

DAO SPOILER... (I figure that if you're reading about DA3, though, you've probably played DAO)

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They shouldn't have given me the option of killing her in the first one if she was going to be a pivotal character later...If I killed her, I killer her for a darned good reason!


Probably.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I was wondering when she was going to appear.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Yeah Danny's article puts all this stuff into serious doubt now.

Been watching a couple of trailers etc and I have to say, I'm not too impressed with what I'm looking at.

Visuals to me look quite boring/bad and the gameplay looks like a rinse & repeat of any other game of this type out there.

Not even remotely interested in this nowadays.

zyxahn
zyxahn

This is off the subject but I have to say that I just watched Danny's to much hype and information killing the wonder of games short. Well it didn't take long to prove him right.  I was scrolling down and saw this headline.  See how it gets you even if your not looking.

charlievo
charlievo

i can't wait for this.  Counting down.

toddx77
toddx77

I hope she is a party member in Inquisition.  I missed my team from Origins in 2 :(

ilego2
ilego2

Amen to that and I am off to read Fanfiction Talimancer out

K1L5
K1L5

@Thanatos2k  "If you decapitated her in Origins, she does show up in Dragon Age 2, in two out of the three DLC's. In The Exiled Prince, which is Sebastian's DLC, she shows up as an agent of the Divine to stop the mage threat before it goes too far, she introduces herself as Sister Nightingale but says you may call her Leliana. As soon as Hawke hears that and you imported a save where you chopped her head off in Origins, Hawke says, "Sister Leliana? From Lothering? But I heard you died." Leliana responds with, "The Maker knew it was not my time. There is more for me to do in this world." Leliana also shows in the Mark of The Assassin DLC at Duke Prosper's estate when you're at the party."

K1L5
K1L5

@Thanatos2k  Bioware has not ignored the choice that you have made in Origins. They are going to explain why/how she was saved/brought back to life.

Dat-tsu
Dat-tsu

@downloadthefile I like how you literally only use the handful of examples where your choices didn't matter and refuse to acknowledge any instance where your choices DID have an impact. Haters gonna hate no matter what and fanboys gonna love no matter what. Heaven forbid that any of BioWare's fanbase ever be objective about ANYTHING. 

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@downloadthefile  Did Wrex die in ME1? Well his evil brother takes control of the Krogan and leads it down a dark more dangerous path. Tali dead or Legion given to Cerberus? No peace for you on Rannoch. Ashley or Kaiden, that's a whole squadmate missing from ME3. Destroy Maelon's data? Well Eve dies, narratively weakening Wrex's control of the clans.

You are picking and choosing, cherry picking your argument.

The entire Rannoch arc in ME3 proves you wrong. Your choices from past games did matter.

ANGRYWOLF
ANGRYWOLF

@theprismhead 

You mean Flemeth.We should never have had the option to fight her to begin with.

Dat-tsu
Dat-tsu

@theprismhead The fact that Flemmeth would come back was a major plot point in Morrigans story... it was the entire impetus behind her trying to gain more power. I swear, you people just TRY to find stuff to complain about sometimes. 

Sw33tEscape
Sw33tEscape

@zyxe Here is a reply I received from someone else when I asked what happens in DA2 if you killed her in DA:O


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"If you decapitated her in Origins, she does show up in Dragon Age 2, in two out of the three DLC's. In The Exiled Prince, which is Sebastian's DLC, she shows up as an agent of the Divine to stop the mage threat before it goes too far, she introduces herself as Sister Nightingale but says you may call her Leliana. As soon as Hawke hears that and you imported a save where you chopped her head off in Origins, Hawke says, "Sister Leliana? From Lothering? But I heard you died." Leliana responds with, "The Maker knew it was not my time. There is more for me to do in this world." Leliana also shows in the Mark of The Assassin DLC at Duke Prosper's estate when you're at the party."

DracoAngel
DracoAngel

@toddx77 She's not. She is an advisor. They have named the 9 party members as: The Iron Bull, Dorian, Solas, Cole, Cassandra, Sera, Vivienne, Varric and Blackwall.

Anyone else they show now will either be an advisor (like Leliana and Cullen) or a character of interest/importance (like Morrigan)

shingui5
shingui5

@toddx77

She's an advisor to the leader of the Inquisition. So not a party member, but she'll play a big role. 

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@texasgoldrush All of those outcomes you just described?  Don't matter by the end.  The wonders of ME3 never cease.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

@texasgoldrush The situations you're bringing up are extremely easy to avoid with not even high paragon/renegade points and some basic player intelligence.  I've never experienced anything in ME but total peace, compromise, everyone living, etc.  All possible good outcomes with not much effort, and as a player that's obviously ideal because you get points/content for it, so it's not like I'm choosing in a grey moral quandary.  And honestly, none of it really sticks out in my mind as important either at the time or in retrospect.  The entirety of what you're saying devolves into points regardless of your choice, as I'm sure you're well aware of.


I don't even understand defending it.  When you see games like Witcher 2, the soon to be released Witcher 3, and games like Divinity: Original Sin, you realize that Mass Effect basically gave you nothing in the choice dept. but the same "illusion of choice" they always give.  at least KOTOR had a twist to make up for it, ME just spits in your face by giving you the "best" synthesis option which is literally just what Saren wanted.


And no, choosing the two most important and pivotal events from ME2 and DA2 respectively is not cherry picking.  The collector base was THE choice, and in ME1 the rachni was teased as having a massive impact in the future for two games.  In DA2, the church happens no matter what.  They just don't deliver at all, repeatedly, so why defend them?


And we all know how ME3 ends, which is a bit of a cheap argument but it's completely true.

crazy-roman
crazy-roman

@texasgoldrush I concur. Also the Rachni comment, it does help if you didn't want to play multiplayer. A lot of choices carried over and mattered and some didn't. Just like in real life. Get over it, not every choice will have a massive knock on effect and a lot of it is "Maybe... if I do this, I will get a reward/it will matter" but that's the fun, you don't know until you're on the receiving end.

Losing squad mates is a big thing, that's it, done, they are gone. That's a direct effect. Seeing familiar faces you have have shown mercy and let live, or how their behaviour or conversations change depending on what happened last game. Relationships etc.

I loved it all, bar the very end, all my hard work taken away, to basically say, everything you did doesn't matter, as you can now just choose the way to end this game. Just was so frustrating, all those important decisions before, to basically have a massive OVERRIDE button for all previous choices at the end. But, besides that, what an amazing journey I had with the game. That's the main thing. It's the journey, not the destination. Ha.

zyxe
zyxe moderator moderator

@Sw33tEscape I know, but it was really, REALLY lame.