Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed a year

New role-playing game from BioWare pushed from fall 2013 to fall 2014.

BioWare announced today during Electronic Arts' E3 briefing that the next-generation role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released in fall 2014. No specific platforms were announced, though EA prefaced its presentation by saying all games on show are in development for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Previously, the game was targeted to launch in fall 2013.

The game will run on the Frostbite 3 engine, the technology powering next-generation games like Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals, as well as the next Mass Effect title.

No reason for the delay was provided, and BioWare showed off a new non-gameplay trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition during the briefing. In addition, EA has dropped "III" from the game's title.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Paoksis
Paoksis

let this game be delayed 5 years i dont care,when it's released it must not be anything less than perfect

Juvart24
Juvart24

Only thing I know is I will oppose the vileness that is the chantry and their Templar pets even if it means the total destruction of the  planet.

drokmore
drokmore

Well I'll be waiting, another years has got to help. Rushed games are no good.

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

I guess they felt they just _had_ to have a trailer?  I say "meh."

Like many others on here though, I'm quite pleased to see it delayed a year.  DA2 had a much more fluid and enjoyable (and less completely exploitable) combat system than DA:O, but it was so clearly and unabashedly rushed.  So many sloppy shortcuts...

obriam
obriam

Take all the time you need! No starchild this time, ok!

pathosfire
pathosfire

That...actually sounds like great news!

vadagar1
vadagar1

YAY more time to work on it :P

Michael83917
Michael83917

Hmm. Trailer looked okay to me, not sure what people are complaining about. The only thing I didn't like was Morrigan's new face. It does not match my memory of the character. The face is too long. Looks like the jaw, nose and mouth have been stretched downward... like her face was made of wax and its just starting to melt. Kind of unsettling.

But Bioware, if you're out there, Fix 'dis.

Michael83917
Michael83917

They dropped III from the title... that could be a bad sign.

Also they are developing for PS4 and XBone ... but no mention of PC !?!?

 Hopefully it just slipped their minds or something.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Dragon Age Origins took 5 years to develop and it was fantastic. As long as they take time to work out all the kinks (which usually takes like 3+ years) then I don't mind waiting, as long as I know that I will get a good product.

DAO won game of the year in 2009 and it was still published by EA, so don't hate on it on Bioware just because EA pushed them in a deadline to released DA2 in under 1 year. That is where all the copy pasted dungeons came from, story was quite decent.

enartloc
enartloc

Why does the dragon age 3 cgi trailer look worse than witcher 3 in game pre-alpha footage?

eyematter
eyematter

LOL.... I really thought Dragon age 2 was a cool game, and the DLC about gray wardens and hawks family was really cool. After playing dragon age 2, I never wanted to play the first one again. I don't need a long drawn out story to make it interesting. All about game play, and I thought DA 2 had really tight combat. At least on PC.... I never played it on Trash-box or joke station 3.

Bercilak
Bercilak

No 360 version, no purchase from me.  The Xbox One will never grace my living room.

Velphian-Freddy
Velphian-Freddy

Hell Yeah! Take all the time you want guys, take your sweet time and make a great game! :)

I wonder how will we import our saved games to the new consoles

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

Dragon Age Origins is one of the most overrated RPGs of all time, clichéd as hell and fits Bioware's tired formula closely. Hell, all it was is KOTOR in fantasy land, its no Baldur;s Gate. The story is typical Bioware cliché, and the characters were typical Bioware style characters.

At least DAII, while vastly rushed, tried to shake up the formula. And DAI needs to do so again.

Alekxander
Alekxander

Good, hopefully they don't f*** this one up. I'm still rooting for you, Bioware, even if all of your original talent has left the studio. :)

Saintofwar
Saintofwar

whelp i'll just buy next gen next year

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

They need more time to shave off content in order to sell it later as DLC and Microtransactions.

firedrakes
firedrakes

one thing i notice is almost all the games people want to play are push back till some time in 2014. 

Veronsherner
Veronsherner

I'm glad it is delayed I can't afford next gen consoles yet

eol_is
eol_is

I expected this, though i hoped it wouldn't happen.  

It's a shame, but the wait better be worth it.

Vambran
Vambran

My guess is that will use the year to convert the entire game to next gen and scrap the 360 and ps3 versions.

Bloodspectre
Bloodspectre

I'm fine with the delay. Time and patience gave us Origins and KoToR. Rushing to meet deadlines gave us DA2 and KoToR 2.

Poordevil
Poordevil

They are keeping this one in the oven because they know it better be good. The Witcher 3 may have them a little nervous as some have posted. But I don't think it is Witcher 3 Bioware is looking out for, I think it is Dark Souls 2.

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

IF they need more time they should take more time. Though if it's getting released in 2014 instead of 2014, I doubt it's coming out on Xbox 360 or PS3 at all.

EctoSpartan
EctoSpartan

Underwhelming trailer. I'm fine with them pushing the game back.

Auriken
Auriken

I can't believe you people. What do you guys constantly whine about? How they rushed out Dragon Age 2. They take their time with Dragon Age 3, publicly admit they made mistakes with DA2 and wouldn't do it again, and have generally done all they can to insure that DA3 will be a better experience. Yes you continue to whine. Personally I love this delay. It means by the time the game is released, it will have been in development for over three years. That's over twice the amount of time they spent on DA2.

That's a good thing! If there is one thing that Bioware has proven, it's that when they're given the time they need they make great games, but when they're rushed the games aren't up to par. This delay is a good thing. Although I'm worried that this game could be amazing and peeople would still bitch about it merely because of EA.

Mark my words, this game could fix all the problems from the previous one, address every single gamer's concerns, and they will still complain about it when it comes out. Because of EA. That's just stupid.

DecapitatedOrc
DecapitatedOrc

@Michael83917 Agreed - I didn't like Morrigan's new look either, or Varric's for that matter. And it sounds like Morrigan has a different voice actor as well.....bummer!

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

@enartloc That was actual in-game footage. It looks pretty good and that's the art style they are going for and not stupid realistic graphics which are totally boring. Don't be so butthurt, witchfanboy. Now that Bioware are taking their time with the game, it's a sure thing it will be fantastic.

Michael83917
Michael83917

@texasgoldrush That DA:O was extremely formulaic should be 100% obvious to every Bioware fan out there. By and large, they liked it anyway. It had great atmosphere and near perfect execution. It was also mod friendly and had a pretty advanced editor on the PC. 

I'm not one of the haters on DAII - I enjoyed it. But it had many serious flaws that detracted from the overall experience that DA:O did not.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@Tripwolf Meanwhile, CDPR is working hard to create a fully fleshed out game for us to explore.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@Bloodspectre KoToR 2 was a fabulous game, DA2 was pretty god awful though (and is what killed my day one purchase faith in Bioware). We'll see how it goes now that they're actually being given time to develop a game again.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

@Bloodspectre I'll take KotoR 2 over EVERYTHING Bioware's produced in the last 3 years, thanks. 

Michael83917
Michael83917

@Poordevil Dark Souls 2 and Dragon Age aren't similar games - unless they drastically changed their approach to comabat.  The Souls games are action driven games. Dragon Age is story driven ("story" meant here to include subcatagories "character" and "setting"). Skyrim would be somewhere between... 

-  Souls games you can dodge, manually block with a shield or parry, counter attack, get in position to backstab etc. These are things you can practice - the player gets better, not just the character stats. 

-  Dragon Age you usually can't do much other than auto-attack, lock on, and use the skills on you skill-bar. It's just barely removed from WoW-clone mmos.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

@Auriken The problem with Dragon Age 2 wasn't that it was "rushed". The problem with Dragon Age 2 is that they took EVERYTHING that made Origins great, threw it into a filthy gutter, and beat it to death with a EA branding iron covered in shit. That wasn't due to lack of time or effort. That was by design. For three years they've done very little to prove me wrong.

If they do better with Dragon Age 3, fantastic. I really REALLY hope they do. I'm sure as hell not about to hold my breath. 

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

@Auriken In addition, Bioware's history shows they don't make the same mistake twice.

uxtull
uxtull

@Phrosnite So by implication Mass Effect's graphics were also boring then?

enartloc
enartloc

@Phrosniteoh you didn't even bother to read the article you are posting on...what a sad fanboy.

"No reason for the delay was provided, and BioWare showed off a new non-gameplay trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition during the briefing"."Stupid realistic graphics",hahahaha,what are you.12 years old?damn you got burned!

Bloodspectre
Bloodspectre

@BuBsay @Bloodspectre It's not that KoToR 2 was a bad game. It's just that the ending was uncharacteristically sloppy and borderline unfinished due to rushed deadlines. 

Auriken
Auriken

@Diablo-B @Auriken Yeah, history doesn't really seem to matter to gamers these days. It's all about your latest game, and if they mess it up then all of the developers previous games no longer matter.

blahdeblahof
blahdeblahof

My bad. It's "actual game footage." Same difference.

blahdeblahof
blahdeblahof

At the beginning of the trailer it says "in game footage." It's not CGI. Don't call others stupid when you're not observant enough to have seen that.

blahdeblahof
blahdeblahof

It could change, but less than a day ago it was confirmed at the Bioware forums that it will be released on all platforms.

Them_Apples
Them_Apples

@moonlightwolf01 @Auriken @Diablo-B   Seems like you overlooked the word, "same." 

 DA2 repeated assets far too often, and was definitely rushed. (Everyone complains about the combat system, but I think that was the games strength.)  ME3 had a huge variety of settings and motifs, had great voice acting, and story:  a complete 180 from DA2. 

If only they had respected their own IP enough to give it the ending it needed.  The only reason ME3 was so offensive was that the REST of it was so great. I bet they will focus group test the ending for DA3...or DAI, or whatever we are calling it, these days.  I too am no longer a first day Bioware buyer, but I'm still a buyer.  

Spiritwolf99
Spiritwolf99

@Auriken @moonlightwolf01 @Diablo-B Lol just the endings. 

Lol. My completely ignored Tali ship (and most save for Liara) the entirety of the game says otherwise. They rushed the heck out of that game and relied on memes for dialogue. Oh my gosh it was bad. Remember when I was doing calibrations, guys?!

Auriken
Auriken

@moonlightwolf01 @Auriken @Diablo-B 90% of the complaints about Mass Effect 3 were about the endings. I'm sorry, my memory isn't so bad that I discount all those hours of awesome before those ten minutes of endings that I didn't like.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

@Auriken @Diablo-B Just for fun - So DA2 was rushed and used repetitive content and then they release ME3. Yeah they don't make mistakes twice at all.