Dragon Age II demo dropping Feb. 22

[UPDATE] GameStop employee early-access program reveals date for PC demo of BioWare's upcoming role-playing game; EA adjusts date by one day.

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Dragon Age II doesn't arrive until March 8, but GameStop employees are already able to take a whack at the fantasy role-playing game. A page on the official Dragon Age site currently invites employees of the game specialty retailer to an early PC demo of the RPG, provided they follow a few rules. Those rules accidentally revealed the general release date demo.

The Dragon Age II demo will drop in just three weeks.

"This early demo access is being granted to Gamestop employees only," reads a footnote on the page. "Any form of distribution, recording, [and] posting of any elements of the Dragon Age 2 demo and any of its files is strictly prohibited until February 23, 2011 when the demo is made available to all consumers." (Emphasis added.) What exactly the demo will contain was (obviously) not made public, nor was it clear if the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 demos would arrive on that date.

[UPDATE] EA has since announced that the demo will arrive on February 22, not February 23.

As for the game itself, Dragon Age II will see the player transform Blight-survivor Hawke from "a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land," with new combat mechanics for the game's three classes. Although Hawke gains fame as the Champion of Kirkwall, the game will peer into his mysterious rise to power over a 10-year period.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

65 comments
Raykuza
Raykuza

@DarthVeng_basic If this game is anything like DAO, you won't have to switch characters if you don't want to. I saw an option in there to set AI behaviors.

DarthVeng_basic
DarthVeng_basic

Thought I was impressed by some of the demo, I hate this kind of combat having to switch between 4-6 characters. It's too much to keep track of in a battle. I always die. I prefer the Mass Effect style.

emperiox
emperiox

I know I already said this before, but this trailer is WAY better than the first one. None of that 30 Seconds to Mars garbage trailer music making my ears bleed. HUGE wonderful improvement, Bioware! Keep it up! :)

isshiah
isshiah

i have supreme confidence that this will be a great game to buy. my preorder will be waiting for me the morning it comes out.

satirewire
satirewire

Official website - http://dragonage.bioware.com/da2/demo Sounds like we'll be playing through the prologue and choosing from three classes as well as a new area and being able to unlock a weapon for the full game upon completion on the demo. At least this isn't exactly what has been being shown previously, like I first feared.

satirewire
satirewire

From the official website "On February 22, 2011, BioWare™ will release a demo for Dragon Age™ 2, allowing gamers on all platforms to experience a portion of this epic action RPG." ALL PLATFORMS!

jrescan
jrescan

Great!!! Thanks Bioware/EA, this is a must buy for me but the demo will define if I get it on ps3 or PC.

Liliroots
Liliroots

Ooo a demo for a taste of whats to come =]

Pirikato
Pirikato

For those asking for a demo for consoles... you're already getting demos and exclusives games so, it's our turn now.

4love10
4love10

Can somone plz LEAK THIS S

4love10
4love10

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TheSplintercat
TheSplintercat

This reminds me I need to complete a second run-through on DOA and have a bash at Awakening before this game is released!

sonictank
sonictank

Sweet dragon age 2 demon i wonder what part you'll play

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

i hope the demo will come out on x360, DA2 looks amazing

method115
method115

@wexorian Couldn't have said it any better. Since I've been playing Bioware games (Which admittedly isn't long ME1) I have not been dissappointed. I thought ME2 might do it and it was more amazing then the first one. Story not quite as good but everything else was improved so much more. Dragon Age 2 does look like it might disappoint but I'm not doubting Bioware. I'll wait till I play it before I judge and yes it's a first day buy. Bioware has earned my trust. The same goes for Blizzard the company never disappoints and releases nothing but quality. When they announced they were releasing an MMO I knew it would be the best MMO ever. My friends doubted me until they all left their previous games and joined WOW.

wexorian
wexorian

Bioware is 1 of not many companies who will not dissapoint people (beside Blizzard what they have made from begining to this day all games are My favorites), All games what they have made were amazing, they always got Amazing inovative story, characters and good gameplay.

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

I saw the headline for this and was grinning like an idiot with excitement. Then I read the part about GameStop employees getting it even earlier and was holy crap on toast super excited. Must check in on my store tomorrow. Finally something that makes this soul shattering job a little bit better.

isaggelos
isaggelos

sweet...its true of course that any kind of demo generally speaking,can be important for the final decision a consumer can make about buying the game or not

badtaker
badtaker

when did bioware get the time to make DA2 :P

Pete5506
Pete5506

Glad that their showing some PC love

Shardz7
Shardz7

Torchlight 2, Heroes VI, Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2...some pretty harsh competition this year. What is ironic is that nothing worth a damn came out last year (except Indie games) and now everything piles up in one year. Don't they do marketing research anymore?

astrochill
astrochill

The reason why I keep on coming back to PC gaming.

Solid_Sterb
Solid_Sterb

Hope the demo comes to consoles as well.

casual48
casual48

demo's should be the norm and any game that does'nt release one is hiding something .. more demo's less hype please

casual48
casual48

demo's should be the norm and any game that does'nt release one is hiding something .. more demo's less hype please

BloodMist
BloodMist

Oh my lord, this is superb news, I never expected them to actually have a demo come out BEFORE the game, as that's a concept many publishers and developers can't grasp these days.All the better because I'll know for sure whether any changes they've made to the core gameplay are detrimental or not.

nathan83_xp
nathan83_xp

I still can't shake the feeling that this champion is somehow related to Morrigan...

katjajett
katjajett

@peanut1229 I haven't played FF13, but I can tell you its not like FF7,10, 10-2. The combat is more like in playing D&D Online or Guild Wars.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I hope the demo comes for consoles.....I won't touch the console version unless I know it has a better control scheme and less clutter.

Viktormon
Viktormon

I'll see if I play the demo, since I've already touched the game at GAMEX~ Maybe if they release the character creator innit! The Signature Edition is preordered!

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@Neo_Sarevok There were actually 3 High Dragons in the game and if you had to use exploits to win, sounds like you couldn't even beat those. Why would yo want them to make the game more difficult? Anyway, I hope the demo is for consoles as well.

topsemag55
topsemag55

This is a BioWare RPG, so I've got it pre-ordered.:) I don't need the demo to know I will be playing it on Day One. I'll wait for the full game.:D

MrOrmond
MrOrmond

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peanut1229
peanut1229

@katjajett really? is it kinda like final fantasy 13?

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Wow, PC gamers are actually getting a demo. Never thought that would happen. Its going to be a long wait and it will help me decide if I want to keep the game on pre-order or drop it. Still, up in the air on this one.

Pirikato
Pirikato

I wont lie, the gameplay i saw in youtube was.... disapointing. Still i'll get that demo once it is out to be sure.

katjajett
katjajett

@peanut1229 If your not into tactics the combat can be boring. The basic combat is to click on the enemy and watch your character hit it with a sword. You get abilities as you level up, but you often have to purchase wasteful ones which you'll likely never use to get the one you want. However, you can switch control between every member in your party, so when you rarely have to wait for an ability cool down if you just move on to the next character (unless you keep hitting pause).

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

Never got Origins, but I have a few friends who did. I'll check this out.

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

@ peanut1229 The story is awesome, but the ending is a bit of a disappointment. Unlike past Bioware games offering a slew of ending content (ex. BG1's "Durgon's Keep"), Dragon Age essentially drops the player on his face and waves goodbye. There is downloadable content, but it's not challenging enough and, of course, you have to pay for it. Also, you only fight two big dragons the entire game - one of them you must defeat through unconventional methods (lame). The other I had to exploit a glitch to win, but at least it took a lot of trial and error to learn, so it was fun. It's still a great game though, but more often than not, I felt myself reminiscing about Baldur's Gate II and wanting to play it again. I hope Dragon's Age II ramps up the challenge considerably.

jacyp
jacyp

In Bioware we trust.