Dragon Age anime-ting in 2011

EA and BioWare team with FUNimation on cartoon based on dark fantasy action RPG franchise, due for release next year.

Electronic Arts has made a noticeable effort to merchandise many of its biggest gaming franchises in recent years. No truer has that been than for BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins, the brand extensions for which include a prequel novel, an Orson Scott Card-penned comic, and a pen-and-paper tabletop role-playing game.

Soon, Dragon Age fans will have one more way to experience BioWare's dark fantasy universe, as Electronic Arts today announced a collaboration effort with FUNimation Entertainment to create an anime based on the game. The stylized cartoon entered production last month, and its home video release is currently scheduled for 2011. BioWare executive producer Mark Darrah and creative director Mike Laidlaw are executive producing the film.

Logain's anime persona may or may not involve spiking blond hair.

Today's announcement offered no information on the direction BioWare and FUNimation will be taking with the anime. The game, which released to lofty critical praise for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in November 2009, was set in the land of Ferelden. After years of relative peace, the kingdom found itself beset by an infernal Darkspawn threat, and players assumed the role of one of the few remaining Wardens in an effort to defend the land.

As for Dragon Age 2, EA has strongly hinted that it will release the next installment in BioWare's action RPG franchise on February 1, 2011.

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DarkBox360
DarkBox360

You guys keep stereotyping anime like the crappy kids shows you see on cartoon network. If want a taste of how good real anime is then you should watch Hellsing or Death Note. A Dragon Age anime would be awesome.

Rizer
Rizer

Dragon Age Anime? Wouldn't that be just be similar to every other ridiculously violent midevil anime ever created? I don't see the motivation here, but whatever might be good for a laugh.

Izzo_va
Izzo_va

they should make hentai after they had made the anime

TJORLY
TJORLY

Ugh god. Anime? No thanks.

Dr_Manfattan
Dr_Manfattan

well im only a fan of very few animes, so im just going to do the smart thing, not get all buthurt about it and just wait until its released or any trailers are shown to see if i like it. also, to people like TrinityChica14, read the article before posting, its a movie they're making not the next game *facepalm*

Rizion89
Rizion89

The Dead Space cartoon was done with an 'anime style' and it was great. EA also produced that cartoon as well. People need to relax and let EA do what it does best, Marketing.

TrinityChica14
TrinityChica14

WOAH WHAT!? cartoon style!? anime!? oh come on! this game is amazing and if they screw up the second one I'll cry

FeldmanSkitzoid
FeldmanSkitzoid

Could be cool, but PLEASE no anime-style artwork. I really hope they keep the art style of the games.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

and by the way i mean you are free to disagree even if the company says something, nobody is forcing you to go one way or the other, but that is not going to change the fact, that the majority of people accept one set of events as true. Look at all the fighters, MK, SF, DOA, they have canon storylines, but you dont see the individuals who like to win with their favorite characters crying about it.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

@ stabby - My friend once bioware sanctions something, especially an anime, thats cannon. And for that matter somethings are already either canon or semi canon. Ie the protagonist of the game Mass Effect and following titles is a male named shepard and we have an idea of what he looks like, look at the cover of the games. Whether initial or not that would generally be considered canon. You can go live in your little fantasy land, but in general some things are pretty much stated. Another would be that in all likelihood in Dragon Age, the main character is a human noble , and one way or another something with morrigane also has to be canon. Bioware probably has a canon story line for all their games, you can only put so much ambiguity in it, that whole line about "do what you want" is only to appease people such as your self whose world would shatter if bioware explicitly stated anything.

SHERNEE
SHERNEE

Dragon Age Origin's had such an indepth story. I've never felt so much attached to a game before emotionally (the story and characters). I think making an anime movie would be great as long as it does justice to the DAO franchise and doesn't turn out to be some cheesy thing that'll ruin it for me. Can't wait to see it.

satirewire
satirewire

Well, here's hoping they don't screw it up. Some info on when this takes place would be nice. I don't care much to see something during the course of the game, but an adaptation of David Gaider's books would be cool. Personally, the Stolen Throne could make a pretty kick ass movie. I don't care much for western cartoons being referred to as "anime" though. Anime has always meant Japanese Animation, which is much different than hooey like the Family Guy. The books were good, the comics are good, a movie could be good as well.

vorkosigan97
vorkosigan97

Umm, Oblivion's plot is way more generic than DA:O. Quick, how many games can be summed up as: "Demons are breaking through into our world, it's up to you to [perform the ritual/find the artifact/get help from the [Angel/Prince/Fairy]] and seal the rift!" Don't get me wrong, I loved Oblivion, but the main plot didn't even pretend to break new ground.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

The last 2 games from EA that received the anime treatment were Dead Space and Dante's Inferno. Both turned out good, so I hope this one is like those too.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

Shardz7 Uhm, you do realise commercialism is the whole point of any game/movie/music production?

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

The dialogue and voice-acting for Dragon age - for me, and I'm sure a lot of other fans - was the games biggest success. If the Cartoon's voice-cast and script writers are altered even slightly, I imagine the game will remain a towering success over the cartoon

Shardz7
Shardz7

I suppose next we will have Dragon Age Happy Meals. I'm sure glad Bethseda didn't whore out Oblivion like Bioware seems to love to do with their IPs. Perhaps Bioware can also look into a reality TV show while they are at it and hire Brett Michaels, Oprah, Lindsey Lohan, and Bobby Kotex (as The Beaver). It really is getting sickening how much commercialism is in gaming these days...and the sad thing is that the quality of the actual games usually isn't even all that great to begin with. I really don't know about a cartoon about this franchise cause I found the original story to be about as typical and tired as any other fantasy story I've read in the past 30 years. But...Activision has proven that you can make billions of dollars by marketing to idiots and so it continues on...

irishartist
irishartist

Whenever these production companies put out an anime movie it is a compilation of different artist and different visions. The first mini-movie will be the best, the one they show the most in all the marketing, and the other 4 or 5 mini's will be kiddy crap that usually make no sense. These endeavours, like everything else these companies do, are profit based, and nothing sells more than mommy I want that. This will not be a "for the fans" effort and it will most likely not add anything to the Dragon Age IP. Unless you're 6 years old and don't know any better (or you think like a 6 year old, like alot of teen and adult anime fans), this is going to suck.

ApatheticClone
ApatheticClone

I don't see the issue here. Most people here seem to be characterizing what anime is based off their brief exposure to a few popular kids' shows. "Anime" as a genre of animation is just as vast and diverse as the American film industry, encompassing all demographics with varying complexity in plot and maturity. Don't go immediately blowing off this production simply because of the medium. In any case, no one will be forced to buy it if they can't stand this fact (or if it just sucks). I honestly see the medium being able to go beyond simply 'niche', if the public just opens their minds a bit. Oh, and if there's any reason to look forward to this, it's that FUNimation will be co-producing (one of their first endeavors in actual production) this; so western sensibilities towards storytelling and characters will be carefully handled.

majere613
majere613

I'm in the wait-and-see camp here. Game-based anime (of which there are more than you might think) certainly tend to be better than game-based live action movies, and animation means they have the option of using the original VA which is a bonus, but the styles may not mesh. That said, anime is a pretty wide term these days, so we won't know until they get some preview footage out there.

JunoFallon
JunoFallon

I like anime a lot, but I wish people would stop taking games that are not anime inspired, artistically and visually, and trying to force them into that style because anime sells well amongst gamers. I hated seeing some of the silly conventions of anime forced into Halo with Halo Legends and I don't think Dragon Age should get this treatment either. As a matter of fact I think it would be smart to take a cue from the guys at Rooster Teeth and have development companies use already existing models and textures to make Machinima series' based on their properties instead of handing it over to anime art companies who take too many silly liberties with it all.

dkdk999
dkdk999

for a second i thought that dragon age 2 was going to have anime graphics.

Majero88
Majero88

I doubt very much if this anime will be any good.....I guess we'll see eh

alert0
alert0

I will not watch this.

kirk_almeida
kirk_almeida

I can't see this as good no game let alone one like dragon age transitions well into a cartoon. I guess i can tolerate it so long as i don't have to watch it and so long as it doesn't have any effect on the game.

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

Cool:D Lets hope for some info on both fronts in the coming weeks or at E3.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

i don't call western animation "animes" ... but i liked dead space

Konviktion
Konviktion

Whatever you do, DON'T MAKE IT ANIME !!! The Dragon Age world is gonna be turned to ashes if they start making anime out of it...

gorebashd
gorebashd

Nice i would check this out if they get a decent story and team together. This was one of my favorite games of last year. I still play it all the time. Here's to hoping they don't butcher it :)

Hakud0ushi
Hakud0ushi

Nice, animes are great. Bring them on BioWare. And this doesnt affect the game at all, dunno what you guys are complaining. No one will say "the game is bad! look at the anime, it sucks!". Come on think first. ¬¬

GarySpot
GarySpot

trying to be torchlight?

darkprince_78
darkprince_78

I really don't think anime will do Dragon Age justice...it seems kinda a contradiction to the style and tone of the game....*sighs

47gunner
47gunner

some more dlcs(instead)please!!

Nodashi
Nodashi

This will be BAD. But then again, I'm not forced to watch it. I just hope the style doesn't taint DA 2 tough.

lukaluka94
lukaluka94

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i signed up on this website to write this! Please dont make sh*t out of this wonderful game! :(((

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'm not really a fan of anime

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

As big a DA.O fan as I have enjoyed being, I admit that I'll likely give a "cartoon" a pass. As for the game sequel? I personally, would love to see one of my only gripes about the original given some attention. That being the restrictions for exploration. Ferelden was a lush and interesting world. But I found it very restricted. I feel the game would have benefited from a slightly more sandbox approach, thus generating random gameplay incidents and not funnelling a player character (that we had all put in a lot of effort to cultivate and level) through such stringently set missions. I'd like to have had the chance to just turn my character loose on the world a little more. And not have to walk him in such Arbitrary paths.

banana23man
banana23man

after i saw what wolverine's like in anime form, i defnitely do not look forward to this.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

Is there a new IP EA dosen't turn into some form of animated movie these days, watched Dead Space, couldn't be bothered with Dante's Inferno. Hopefully this will be good as I do like DA, just can't see why they cant put all the effort into making 2 have the best story ever.

8DaysTillSunday
8DaysTillSunday

Why can't they make a film in CGI like the sacred ashes trailer? Or just a live action film? Anime....really, EA? I'm definitely not gonna take this seriously.

Alex_09
Alex_09

Who even cares? In my opinion the story in Dragon Age was probably the worst part. Not the personal stories and different origins, and even some of the main quests, but the whole evil army created by humans come to wipe out the world thing has been done 10000 times since Lord of the Rings. @topsemag55 Or Bioware is getting greedier.

sammoth
sammoth

Wait its not a JRPG yet they want to ake an Anime out of it. Whats wrong with the american made art it already has. OH BTW Bioware still waiting on a patch for the PC version that fixes %100 processor usage, CTD etc.

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

meh why anime just dosent seem to fit this setting to me

topsemag55
topsemag55

I look at it like this - Funimation paid EA and Bioware a ton of cash for the rights to Dragon Age anime, so that means a lot more cash for Bioware to keep on making more WRPGs. We get more quality games. Everybody wins.:)