Dragon Age III: Inquisition hitting late 2013

BioWare announces next entry in role-playing game series; will run on new engine, offer bigger worlds, improved visuals, more "reactivity" to choices, and deeper customization; Dragon Age series sales hit 8 million.

BioWare officially announced the next entry in the Dragon Age series today. Writing on the BioWare website, executive producer Mark Darrah revealed the project as Dragon Age III: Inquisition.

No images of Dragon Age III are available yet.

Due out in late 2013, Dragon Age III: Inquisition will run on a new engine, with the team at BioWare using DICE's Frostbite 2 as a foundation. This engine will allow the company to build a "more expansive world" with improved visuals, more "reactivity" to player choices, and deeper customization options.

It was not mentioned which platforms Dragon Age III: Inquisition is in development for, and an Electronic Arts representative told GameSpot, "We have nothing further to announce right now." Next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony are rumored to be on store shelves during late 2013.

Darrah further explained that much of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins remains on board for Dragon Age III: Inquisition. In addition to the veteran developers, he noted that BioWare has added new talent as well.

Dragon Age III: Inquisition is in development at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal.

The game's announcement today comes as little surprise. BioWare has been openly hiring for Dragon Age III since May 2011. Additionally, the company spoke at PAX East in April and not-so-subtly suggested that co-op gameplay was planned for the next entry in the series.

Darrah added that fan feedback and communication is important to BioWare with Dragon Age III: Inquisition. He said BioWare is aiming to be "as open as we can" regarding development on the project, and said gamers should always feel free to provide feedback.

Lastly, in an accompanying press release, publisher EA revealed that the Dragon Age series has now moved over 8 million units. The franchise launched in 2009 with Dragon Age: Origins, with a sequel in Dragon Age II arriving in 2011.

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Vambran
Vambran

Dragon Age 2 was an okay game. People are going overboard with the negative comments.

N3C70V01D
N3C70V01D

'' It was not mentioned which platforms Dragon Age III: Inquisition is in development for, and an Electronic Arts representative told GameSpot, "We have nothing further to announce right now." Next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony are rumored to be on store shelves during late 2013. ''

I wont be suprised if EA decides to realease this on par with the next gen consoles,it would be like a monumental ripp off to the fans and to all those,included myself,that spent hours getting those ridiculous achievments,like supplier in DA II,binding the story,like that other trilogy that came out not long ago which the end was a mockery for all the hard work done past the last 2 games!That didn't meant squat!!

Just saying.... 

I won't be suprised!Not one bit!

jonasf
jonasf

Origins was awesome! Dragon age II was an almost instant uninstall, the worst peace of crap that ever touched my PC's hard drive. After about an hour of playing I was done with it. Total waste of money!! Only bought it because I thought it would be the follow up to Origins. They could have used the origins engine and just build the next chapter of the story for us and call it Dragon age II, but no.. They screwed us over with this crud. If they release DA III, I'm not one to jump on it. I'd have to see stellar reviews from the Baldurs Gate/Icewind Dale/NeverWinter Nights kind of RPG players, who like me enjoyed Origins but hated DA II.

xophaser
xophaser

orgin was so good tha t2 was like playing an expansion.  3 better be good or something creative. I reusing level is ok 2-3 times, but 3+ times is rediculus.

Leonagard
Leonagard

I got NO hopes either! to all that think this game will be like Origins or better.... its a LIE!!! ... I miss Neverwinter user content and dungeon master real online RPG... because of that Im looking after it on Neverwinter MMO which will include this feature, giving players the power of creativity!

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

Let me see...no good doctors at the head of BioWare...

 

...same 2 year life cycle as DA2.

 

...Oh yeah and EA calling the shots...don't even try to argue it fanbois and girls.

 

Not holding my breath.

orbit991
orbit991

Since Mr Laidlaw is in charge aka the hack, this with little doubt will suck, the man just doesn't get what detail and creativity is. Remember how he didn't understand why doing quests 10 times in the same room was a problem, the cut and pasted empty city, the horrible level and graphic design. Nope none of that was a problem, he blamed the consumers. He is one of the few BIoware guys left sucking on EA's tit and the worse hack of the lot.

noigel
noigel

It will probably be a first-person shooter...

MN121MN
MN121MN

Seems most EA games runs on Frostbite 2 nowadays

Oh well... My computer's not powerful enough to run that, and I'm currently busy preparing myself for the coming year.....

Anigmar
Anigmar

Now that Bioware's heads are gone this will be a fully EA title. I had little hope for DA3 due to DA2 but now EA is in full charge... Hope is slim.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

And it will include ONE COMPLETELY NEW DUNGEON!!!! Hurry on to buy it!

happyemonathan
happyemonathan

just don't screw it up like DA:2 bioware.Bring it back for PC users instead of console users who didn't even like the first one maybe? 

kurisu2233
kurisu2233

am I the only one who groaned when they read this, hopefully its not rushed and ruined ala DA2, seriously they took away just about everything that made DA1 great, I couldnt even be an elf! Combat seemed better but after a few hours of button mashing and destroying tons of darkspawn effortlessly on hard I got bored, with origins I actually had to think, the story is what really sold me with DA1 though, especially the choice at the end of it which just made me think and reflect, one of the best choice endings to a game in a LONG time and if your gonna force me to have a healer in my party make one that doesn't suck( judgement abomination guy whatever his name was)

philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

this is sorta on subject:  anyone notice how once a favorite developer gets acquired by the evil 2, the next release in a beloved series is seroiusly disappointing to the gamers but the critics love it??  Think DA2 and Diablo 3.  I really hope there is someone left at the end of the day that represents we gamers.  Or perhaps it is an opportunity somehow

DaRkNe5s
DaRkNe5s

lovin it and hopefully it'll be as good as the first one

isshiah
isshiah

i really love the first game and the fantasy universe within it.  the second in the series was less interesting and customizable with too much repetition. having said that, there were good things about it as well, imo, and hopefully they can meld the best parts of both games into the 3rd.

Claytonicus
Claytonicus

It's true that there will always be people who prefer one style of game over another, for instance the tactical slow paced DA:O vs the fast paced mayhem of DA2, but it is entirely inexcusable when a sequal is released (for what i thought was a decent first entry in the series) less than a year after the original that is simply incomplete, and seemingly pasted together. The environments were recycled over and over and over again in what can only be described as a "maybe they won't notice" moment, the dialogue and "choices" were ultimately useless in the end, making me question why i sat through hours of long and boring dialogue attempting to pick a specific path for my ending, the quests were boring and predictable and repetitive, the combat was a joke, there was no in depth character customization and there were many many bugs. This is a far cry from the days of baldur's gate 1 and 2, which for me are still the best RPG's ever made, where so much thought and passion was put into the games that years on, i still return for my play at Godhood. Simply put, Bioware is a disgrace, and i will NEVER buy another of their games again unless i have downloaded it first and seen that it meets my expectations. Empires rise and then (having sold out to EA) fall, and unfortunately this is now Bioware's story too. DA:3... what a joke. They should start all over again.

 

As an afterthought, i still can't understand WHY they didn't bother to expand on the success of DA:O, and create a massive amount of DLC for it to enrich the world. People want to be allowed to explore a world that is huge, and contains many challenges. I guess they just got lazy and greedy...

haedrianz
haedrianz

i hope inquisition doesnt start to ask questions every 2minutes , it s really bothering all this useless dialogues ... i mean it's good to have choice and act in the storie, but the choices and conversation need to have a purpouse ... Dragon Age to me failed to deliver , it had good world content , but it was empty , wow like , elderscrool ripoff like ... they should take example at the finest : like witcher 2 , gw2, uncharted,arkham city and such and think about how they want to improve their game , fun and gameplay experience ... Now that said , Frostbite 2 for a RPG , is absolutly dope ... i wonder if they can do as well as their friend from DICE who did delivered bf3 one of the best fps of the past generation ... 

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

I hope it's much better than Dragon Age 2 because that was a disappointment, I mean reusing the same areas in the game is just stupid, a guy with no common sense would know that but even through, I hope there's much more storyline, more unique environments, new amazing enemies, new companions, and more romance options :D. And also I would really want more (you're awesome) moments if you know what I mean :D.PS. I hope you can create your own house and then customize it yourself like what color your door is going to be, things like that.

Stardust7
Stardust7

 @Icy_Angel Dragon age 2 is a really good game...it scored well in all review sites...the reason is why the reviewers are adults ....not childish players that cant comprehend character's dialogues ,feelings and jokes ...i think bioware is aming a new age group,i hope that continues or ill never play another dragon age again lol....and about the combats ..dragon age 2 was much more fluid and dinamic i think....and i just dont have patience and time for that tedious dragon age origin combat....and again thanks bioware to put florence music in the end :)  ...was as a gift to me...

Savoritias
Savoritias

Dragon Age III is could be the redemption or doom for Bioware. I can't wait to see if they can still make rpg's or I should look for another company.

Stardust7
Stardust7

Dragon Age 2 was amazing ...better than origins in my opnion...Origins main char is mute and the combat system is boring ( ZZzzZzzzZ ) .....i liked dragon age 2 characters  too much ...the only bad thing was the linear maps ...but thats not so bad i think....and i loved to listen Florence music playing in the end :)

shnelle
shnelle

I'm waiting for user reviews too.  DA2, ME2:Arrival, ME3 is a dangerous trend.  Hopefully they can break it.  I'm not putting my money on them anymore though.

LordPhreaka
LordPhreaka

DEFINITELY waiting to see USER reviews on this game.

 

DA1 in my mind was one of the best RPG to have ever been released, and that's saying something since I been playing RPGs since days of SNES.

 

But DA2 and ME3 has completely dashed my faith in these guys, now it's going to take some serious non-commercial approvals before they get my money again.

HybridKing
HybridKing

In terms of story, music and locations, Origins is my game. The only thing DA2 had over DAO in my opinion was combat, but if DA3 can make what made those 2 games good, consider me a buyer.

banana23man
banana23man

I sure hope DA3 returns to its roots, DA:O. The world of DA:O was very immersive, with great exploration, and interesting lores. It was even fun listening to the party members bicker. What really got me is how I really was living in a fantasy world of DA:O. DA2 removed all of that.

rollerloller
rollerloller

Nobody expects the Templar Inquisition, or that the next edition of the Dragon Age franchise will savor the fans' palates considering how Bioware has disappointed many of them twice in a row now.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

You have to wonder how great Bioware would be if EA wasn't holding them hostage. Maybe we would have gotten KOTOR 3 instead of TOR, and maybe DA II wouldn't have been a rushed piece of garbage.

JimB
JimB

I have played both DA games a number of times.  I liked the first one better.  The DLC did not do much for me especially in the second game.  I hope the third game is better but with EA onwing everything I have my doubts.  Will the game have to be played on Origin?

nlumar
nlumar

I hope the aerial view like in DA1/Baldurs Gate will come back in DA3 (at least for PC). The consolish "ass cam" was total garbage.

RSG003
RSG003

I agree Dragon Age 2 was complete crap...pointless and boring. I didnt even finish it...

vashish39
vashish39

i was sooo much waiting for its announcement!!DA<3 

skunknuts
skunknuts

I just don't get excited like I used to when Bioware announces they've got another title in the works. Now it's more like skepticism and apathy.

suplax
suplax

Dragon age 3 , sigh...some many wrong things in so many levels....

 

EA + BioWare again , failed prequel , so many stuff strip away from the main game and sold apart as "DLC" and so many more...

grnionio
grnionio

I loved how DA2 supported Mac as well at launch, in the same disk (like TS3, Diablo 3, etc). I pray for the same thing to happen, it would be a great convenience and a plus for me.

Neo_OnionKnight
Neo_OnionKnight

On the first day of Christmas Bioware said to me! Perhaps another open world entry.....

 

On the second day of Christmas Bioware said to me! Probably multiplayer...And some uuuuuseleeessss D-L-Cccccc'ssss....

 

Dragon Age 3: Identity Crisis

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

Say what you want about them but BioWare do listen to their fans. They know that the majority of them were dissapointed in DA2 just like they know the majority were dissapointed in the ME3 ending, thus they even tried to fix it or free. All in all I think they've learned from their past mistakes, and I have high hopes that this entry will be as great as Origins was.

I_ArCh0n_I
I_ArCh0n_I

From the name of DA3 it almost seems doomed to fail.

 

What was just a small part of a much larger story in DA:O,  the templar and mage rivalry, was used as the entire backdrop for the 2nd game and it looks to be the same for DA3.

 

Maybe I am just a cynic.

toddx77
toddx77

While there is no denying the DA:O was an amazing game and 2 could have been so much better, having DA2 a few more times now I feel that 2 was more of a bad sequel than a bad game.  The general idea of 2 was kind of interesting, even though I would have preferred the Warden returning, but the way the game presented itself was just so half assed.  Recycled environments, staying in one city, no real story, couldn't change your team mates armor, weak romances, everyone was bi sexual, fighting was too fast, less strategic combat, Isabella's new look, and the "press a button and watch something cool happen" to name a few.  Just look at the mages basic attack in Origins compared to 2.  I think 2 could have been a lot better if bioware was able to take more time with it and was better able to think everything out.  After finishing Origins you have this big feeling of accomplishment because you just saved the world.  When I finished 2 I didn't really feel the same way.   Also let me be able to walk around my house and anywhere else in my underwear like in Origins lol.  

MrGazzo
MrGazzo

If they had to made a character like Shepard, please don't make it like Hawke. I mean, seriously. DA2 doesn't make sense if you're not a mage.

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Cool really looking forward to it. I hope they take their time for once and release a fully fleshed out game.

Sav117
Sav117

The sad part is that this is all our faults...well actually i cant speak for the rest, but im at fault. EA has been hated for years for what they do to the industry. But people still continue to buy their games, which means they think they can do whatever they want and ppl will still buy. I for one have had enuff and im not gonna buy anymore EA games, no matter how good...you heard it here first :P

gonzota
gonzota

so they plan to fix the game design flaws by using a new engine? good luck with that...

Madball357
Madball357

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