Dragon Age: Inquisition for Xbox 360/PS3 won't look as good as Xbox One/PS4, but there's no gameplay compromises

Producer Mark Darrah says graphics won't look as strong on last-gen compared to Xbox One and PS4, but gameplay mechanics should be the same wherever you play.

Here's some good news if you're planning to pick up the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version of BioWare's upcoming role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition. BioWare producer Mark Darrah tells GameSpot's Carolyn Petit in a new feature interview that the "last-gen" versions of the ambitious role-playing game are not compromised or scaled back from a design perspective. Of course, the graphics will look better on the new systems, however.

"No," Darrah said. "I would say we're definitely making this game to take advantage of the hardware that we have. I don't think we've had to make any compromises. Because this is ultimately about you controlling a party. The combats are designed to be controlled in size, and that's really meant that scaling for the lesser platforms has been a manageable exercise. I don't think we're making any gameplay compromises. Graphically, yeah, I think you're gonna see some compromises on the last-gen stuff, but in gameplay, I think we should be able to keep parity."

Cross-generational development is problematic, according to The Witcher studio CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski. He said supporting two generations of consoles at once will always mean that developers must compromise in one way or another. For this reason, CD Projekt Red is developing its own fantasy RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, only for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It would be impossible to release the game on Xbox 360 or PS3 and keep its spirit intact, he said.

For upcoming Lord of the Rings game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, developer Monolith Productions had to scale back the game's ambitious Nemesis system for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Another high-profile cross-gen game, Bungie's shooter Destiny, is coming to both old and new consoles. The developer says all versions will contain the "full vision" of the game, but it remains to be seen what specific differences there are between iterations.

Lastly, our interview with Darrah also touched on the possibility of more stories in the Dragon Age universe. He teased that the Dragon Age series has an overall story arc, and Dragon Age: Inquisition won't bring a conclusion to the franchise.

"Dragon Age was never intended to be a trilogy. We've always really looked at Dragon Age as the story of a world as opposed to the story of a character. That's one of the reasons why we change characters between games. So, no, this isn't the wrap-up of a trilogy. We have an overarching story arc. We are going somewhere with the storytelling. But this game isn't a conclusion."

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches this fall for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. For more on the game, be sure to read our just-published interview with Darrah.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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83 comments
arricart
arricart

will this game have a ps3 to ps4 upgrade feature?

hardrockr79
hardrockr79

Maybe this is a dumb question, but why do so many people act like Next-Gen is supposed to be more magical than it is? Last time I checked, my PS4 came with a console, and a controller. It didn't come with magic fairy dust that I ever thought would allow me to ride the dragon in this game. What are you people expecting Next-Gen to do other than improved graphics, load times, and better multiplayer. Improved graphics have always been what has driven me to purchase the Next Gen consoles from Nintendo NES to PS4. I think video games will always be video GAMES, nothing more. If you need more than what video games provide, I suggest a different hobby. Bunch of hyper-critical dumbasses!!

justerthought
justerthought

I have mixed feelings about Dragon Age. I bought the first one on PS3 in order to get in some Champions Of Norrath style action, but only played it for 1 hour and slung it on top of the crap pile. It was horrendously jerky in movement with eye cringing screen tear and the dumb NPC interaction just sent me to sleep. It appeared to be a game optimised for PC and not suited to console, so I vowed to stay well clear of the series in future.

The PS4 can now make a good stab at PC builds but I still have a bitterness and mistrust for the dev and the game Dragon Age series. Maybe they cured the issues in the sequels, maybe not. We will have to see how it performs on PS4 before I jump in again on this one. One thing is for sure, the PS3 port will be a no go area.

isshiah
isshiah

...That's nice, dear.

Slvrshot
Slvrshot

DA2 is 1080p/30fps on Xbox One and PS4. They are the same. 

razor_rj
razor_rj

unlike bioware mass effect crew, i can see passion in the eyes of the people behind dragon age, and i believe in them, DA2 was obviously damaged by EA greed with the star wars franchise mmo.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

I have to admit...I am really tempted with a pre-order,  but EA has fooled me once too often.   Still looking forward to the first reviews once it's on the market.  Maybe, but only maybe this will be just right, so here am I waiting...with hope in my heart.

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

just don't start spoiling this epical RPG with too many trailers & co...

deadpen
deadpen

It better not be as good on the ps3/360 than the pisser 4/xboner. That would just be bad beans.

ECH71
ECH71

No compromise in gameplay... you hear that gameplay fans...?


This means you can't suppress people complaining if the XB1 version doesn't match the graphical performance of the PS4 with that "gameplay is more important than graphics" argument. People buy these "next-gen" versions for the eye candy to go alongside the same gameplay.

Pupchu
Pupchu

The original Origins didnt have great graphics for its time, so if Inquisition wount look as flashy as other games dont bother me. I'm a bit worried about the gameplay. Will it feel as good as in Origins, or as repetetive as DA2..?

DariusMKN
DariusMKN

You can't really tell how good the gameplay is just looking at this. Hope the next "gameplay" trailer include more real/unedited gameplay footage and less flashes of action/combat gameplay...

billzihang
billzihang

So a compromised game then?


Great. It's about time the last gen consoles were consigned to the history.

DigitalDame
DigitalDame moderator moderatorstaff

Trailer is super pretty, though I'm kinda curious just what kind of compromise we'll be looking at.

shina777
shina777

That's a shocker, captain obvious.

howiex89
howiex89

So why as a next gen customer shall I bother with a game that does nothing new except enhance graphics, yawn.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

So today's Dragon Age day, eh Eddie?  I think you can pull a few more articles out of ONE interview.

mellow09
mellow09

"the Dragon Age series has an overall story arc, and Dragon Age: Inquisition won't bring a conclusion to the franchise."

Hahaha DA2 wasn't even the conclusion of DA2 and these guys have the balls to talk about an overall story arc.

elaisse2
elaisse2

This game will need to be packed to cap the FPS I imagine.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

So it will be held back in by the older consoles in the structure of the game as well, which affects gameplay. I guess Witcher 3 is the only true next gen rpg in the horizon which is similar in vain to Dragon Age.

kungfool69
kungfool69

GIVE ME A WII U VERSION U LAZY BASTARDS!!!!!!THINK OF THE GAMEPAD POTENTIAL!!!!

wookiegr
wookiegr

Never heard these excuses before explaining why PC games where always mediocre. Even though the PC gaming community knew EVERYTHING was held back because of low rent console limitations. Now it's an open topic of conversation in the development community because they can actually develop for next gen gaming and Xbox One.

emptycow718
emptycow718

this website is so dead  they post close to zero real news  its just troll stories or other dumb crap like this 

KerrinScott
KerrinScott

@justerthought "...a bitterness and mistrust for the dev"

So, the folks at Bioware made Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3; Baldur's Gate 1 and 2; Neverwinter Nights; Jade Empire, and KOTOR.

Basically, they've never made a game that even remotely resembled Champions of Norrath -- either in gameplay, storytelling, or in ANY regard. Not once. Not ever. Not even, like, drawn a picture that looked like Champions of Norrath...

And YOU don't trust Bioware? Do you even bother to read the back of the box or do you just play Pin-The-Tail-On-The-Box when you select games to play?

Sorry, that probably comes across as sarcastic. It's intended to be, but also tongue-in-cheek. I just read your comment and was well and TRULY puzzled that you purchased the game imagining it would be ANYTHING like Champions of Norrath or any other dungeon crawler that has ever been conceived. I mean, Bioware is sort of synonymous with this type of game.

justerthought
justerthought

@Slvrshot

Do you consider that some sort of retribution. The game cannot be any good then on the graphics complexity if it's not pushing PS4 with XB1 matching it. You need as dose of reality to stop you dreaming.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@billzihang As long as there's 150 million of 'em out there, don't see that happening any time soon.  Last gen: 150million potential customers.  This one?  about 12 million. 

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@DigitalDame Graphical ones obviously. Downgrade to last gen because they have only 512 RAM so expect some heavy downgrades on that part.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@Gamer_4_Fun They are not similar at all apart from the "RPG" aspect. DAI is not said to be fully open world, more like a hub zone linked to multiple other zones.


Witcher 3 on the other hand will be fully open world and only on PC and current gen.

That's quite the difference if you ask me.

atopsy
atopsy

@wookiegr  If you consider what a PC can achieve even with a 150-300$ graphics card, the PS4 & Xbox One is already outdated. Consoles don't use graphics cards, it's too expensive and people would open their consoles & use the card for them selves. But this is what the Steam Machine is trying to achieve.


Consoles uses a Graphics chip that is built in with the Processor which gives consoles double the time to make. 


But still that does not make the PS4 & Xbox One bad since games are being perfected for the consoles just like the PS4 claims that future games will run in 1080p which gaming rigs/laptops achieve without a hassle. But some of the games coming in native 1080p will be reduced to 30FPS instead of 60FPS.


But still the PC will always be dominant of the gaming community, no reason to argue graphics with the PC community. Until gaming PC's will be in the same price range as Consoles (with good specs), PC's will be underrated by a lot of people which is sad.

allyouneedisluv
allyouneedisluv

@wookiegr  PC games where held back by consoles? That is a really ignorant comment you just made, if it wasnt for consoles the gaming industry wouldn't be what it is today, thanks to consoles there is more investors interested in thsi venue, just take that PS4 and X1 are the est selling consoles in history, expect to see the video game industry growing more and at the same time watch how the PC community benefits from this,

emptycow718
emptycow718

@wookiegr  most people dont have a $1000 graphics card  on pc  they have a mac or a mid range pc  or lower  so its not really consoles holding the pc back   the  pc is holding the pc back  when you see   100 million people with a $1000 graphics card  the pc will have   games built to that bar but till that day comes all you will be playing on a $3000  pc is games made for  $150 graphics cards 

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@emptycow718  

Lately I have been saying the same thing.

It's all troll/fanboy baiting headlines nowadays. If there is little news then fair enough, I understand it can be difficult when trying to run a site, but why not use that time to be creative?

I just keep seeing the same stories everyday, slightly reworded or updated to tell us nothing we didn't already know.

To be fair to Gamespot though, it's not all their fault... It's bloody TWITTER's too!

atopsy
atopsy

@Darkhol0w @Gamer_4_Fun  Nope, sorry sir. But the dev of Witcher 3 said in an interview with IGN I believe, correct me if I'm wrong. 


Said that The Witcher 3 is not "fully" open-world. A fully open world is a world like Skyrim, the only cutscenes you get are from entering towns or houses the rest of the world is free to explore.


But The Witcher 3 will have the same concept as DA:I. As you called it "hub zones" but I would expect a lot bigger considering it just being on Next-Gen and PC or Current-Gen as many starts to call it. I think they said 3 huge areas to explore.


I would guess that DA:I did this due to the game coming on 360 & PS3.


And The Witcher would not suprise me if it comes on 2 discs for consoles considering it beeing that large. But The Witcher is still not compared to DA:I in anyway, it's bigger, prettier and will be a RPG killer until a new Fallout or Elder Scrolls game comes (Which will be atleast 2-3 years until that happens since they haven't even announced any of them.)



Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@allyouneedisluv @wookiegrYeah, see the problem is Bioware used to develop games for PCs first and then port them to consoles.  This is what happened with Dragon Age Origins, their last great game.


Now they develop for consoles and port to PC.  So yes, the PC games are being held back by the consoles.  You can tell by the UIs.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@allyouneedisluv @wookiegr  It's common knowledge that for well over the last decade the majority of PC games were console ports. I can't imagine where the hell you guys are getting your arguments from. But since console exclusive gamers don't know shit about what it's like to game on PC it's no wonder the message was twisted into how consoles are so wonderful and shaped the world as we know it today.

Gomtor
Gomtor

@emptycow718 agree

donkey0007
donkey0007

@wookiegr @allyouneedisluv  I don't understand, I own virtually every console minus the Wii U and PS4 and i also have a high end PC and I really don't see the "the wonders of PC gaming". Sure the visuals are sleeker and more crisp but really, what's the difference? If i played let's say Batman Arkham Orgins, the only REAL difference is that i'm playing with a keyboard and mouse rather than a controller... The  games that I've played on console and PC are essentially the same. As for dragon age origins, hell iv'e clocked a stupid amount of hours of both the PC and console editions and i had considerable fun with both, the only real difference is that there is more of an emphasis of tactics because of the keyboard, that's it... and it is a fact that without consoles and the people who enjoy them over pc's, gaming wouldn't be the same. So let the console gamer play the consoles and the "PC-ists" play PC. it really is all about preference and financial capabilities.