Dragon Age: Inquisition Producer Clarifies "40 Major Endings" Comment

Mark Darrah says, "There are only a few completely unique endings."

During E3 2014 last week, Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee said the ambitious upcoming RPG will have "40 major endings with additional variations." Now, Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah has clarified that statement, saying only a handful of the game's endings will be fully unique.

"Ending clarification: Most endings are major variations based upon your choices in the game. There are only a few completely unique endings," Darrah said. It remains unclear, however, how specifically these endings will vary.

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches October 7 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. EA launched a new trailer for the game at E3 last week and we previewed the game, with editor Tom McShea finding that the game overcomes the many problems of Dragon Age 2.

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hypgnosis
hypgnosis

HUH,SO MORE COLORS THEN HURR GUYS? (Every one else is saying it, thought I may as well jump on the lolwagon.)

bick420
bick420

I'm completely distracted by the girl in the R2-D2 dress in the background.... Dragon Age wut?

ceyms_uinn
ceyms_uinn

"In the first area there will be a dragon and if you want to go and try and take him on at level 5 you can do that. It's probably gonna be a bad idea."


Bad idea, maybe...will I still try it?  Absolutely! :D

wardentaokhan
wardentaokhan

i cant wait to see my warden. i might have to fight him as he is a major asshole...

robchiang1990
robchiang1990

Well, Bioware sure was burnt after Mass Effect 3.

Centurion95
Centurion95

To be honest this is a bit of relief for me. When I heard they were going for 40 endings I thought that A) theres no way they could implement that much without some overlap and B) that it would end up being just large text blocs explaining how things turned out in the end. Over all a few overall grander endings with multiple variations just makes more sense to me.

zintarr
zintarr

In one ending you will hold a red flag, in another a blue and in the ending that makes no sense a green flag.

aronj
aronj

Learned from Mass Effect 3 fiasco did we Bioware?  Good, it is refreshing to see lessons learned.

meatz666
meatz666

If Cameron Lee had kept his mouth shut, there would be no backlash.

But he couldn't help himself...

phoenix1289
phoenix1289

This needed clarification? It was obvious. It's the same way the Witcher 2's endings worked. They have 3-4 main endings to the games main plot and then a bunch of little choice effect bits mixed into the ending based on other stuff.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

In one ending you have a hat, in another ending you have boots... and another you have a glove....

novaprime1985
novaprime1985

Fool me once, shame on you BW, fool me twice, ha not happening, sod off BW

vadagar1
vadagar1

I just want a solid fun game with mature settings and events nice loot nice customization and over all fun quests

chernoalpha527
chernoalpha527

Ah I see Bioware is broadening their color spectrum past three colors now.  

Elixir99
Elixir99

40 doors to go through each a different colour

Bread_or_Decide
Bread_or_Decide

Oh shut up. After ME3 no one should be bragging about their multiple endings. Just shut up. 

Llama345
Llama345

Saved the world from a Blight? Saved the city of Kirkwall? Saved the world with an Inquisition? Oh, throw those achievements and choices all out and pick from these three things. Just kidding, I have high hopes for this game. 

Gudzhis
Gudzhis

I dont understand all this fuss about countless endings.


story shouldn't be about numbers, but about how you interact with it. story isn't about destination, but about journey, and people you meet. 

oddjob117
oddjob117

well the witcher 3 will have 19 real endings, and will be a better game, so...


Daian
Daian

Let me guess, 3 different colored lights that do equally implausible things?

Redskyze
Redskyze

I'm just glad the game will take place out in the world again. Of all the bugs and broken things in Dragon Age 2, the fact that the whole game takes place in a single city really threw me out of my RPG gorrve.

handofkain
handofkain

A main thing they never confirmed: will we really see "dragons" this time? or it's just a cool name for a game that has none? And by dragons I mean more than just 2 or 3 

Navardo95
Navardo95

Would take 3 major endings any day over 40 messy,5 second length each,endings.

Arcturuss
Arcturuss

I'm betting there will be three and you will decide on them in the last hour.

Dasroth
Dasroth

@logansnider  I see it now this is a way to try and avoid the backlash they are going to get by saying 40 different endings, when they are really going to give us red, blue and green ending with slight alterations.

Dasroth
Dasroth

@zintarr  you forgot the checkered flag in the added dlc ending lol jk

stevekeogh
stevekeogh

@novaprime1985 I have been playing Bioware games since BG in 1998. I have loved BG, BG2, Kotor, Jade Empire, the Mass Effect Series and the original Dragon Age.


The Mass Effect series is the most fun I have ever had with a video game.


I don't understand this level of animosity.


My major disappointment in the past few years was the level of game-breaking bugs in the DA:O DLC, especially Awakenings. I returned that game to the store after it failed to import a character's ending, and when I heard the criticisms of DA:2 I gave it a wide berth. That Skyrim, released around the same time, made both DA games look like those from previous generations in terms of graphics and scope, was disappointing considering these were the guys who did the BG series.


However I am more than excited for Inquisition, it looks as if they have taken the challenge of Skyrim seriously - and tactical RPG combat with some of the more successful action oriented elements, matched with Bioware's excellent storytelling, alongside the graphics and exploration of Skyrim is, in principle, a dream game for me at least.


hypgnosis
hypgnosis

@Gudzhis Go away,we don't want none of that logic round these parts.

novaprime1985
novaprime1985

@Gudzhis well you see, when you design a game and pitch it as "Your" own quest, "Your" own decisions, your damn well earning your own specific ending based on the things that you have done, other wise it doesnt make much sense o end it in a fashion that all the paths would lead to, that my friend is the Illusion of choice, which BW is slowly becoming more & more famous of with each passing game

shingui5
shingui5

@Gudzhis

I don't really care much about the quantity of endings, but come on, this is a game about choice; about your decisions changing the narrative of the story. In a game like that, there needs to be shown to be consequences for your actions, be they good or bad, and the best way to show them, or at least have some kind of epilogue to them, is in the ending sequence. 

Daian
Daian

@Gudzhis that's nice and all but bad endings can ruin an experience overall and leave a bad taste in your mouth.

phoenix1289
phoenix1289

@oddjob117 Not likely, the Witcher 3 will do the same thing the Witcher 2 did. It will have 4-5 actual endings and then a bunch of little snippets mixed into the final scene relating to other choices.

novaprime1985
novaprime1985

@Redskyze guys, sry but BW has been the master of Copy & Paste tactics for years, remember ME1 weapons? armors? some areas aswell (specifically the ships you find in the galaxy map) DA:O was guilty aswell of it, but the game was so damned good it didnt really notice it until my 5th-6th playthru

Llama345
Llama345

@Redskyze I went back to play DA2, that was the worst part about that game.

Daian
Daian

@Redskyze And the rehashing of the same few map templates over and over again, ugh.

stjimmyrocks92
stjimmyrocks92


@handofkain Since they were making a big deal about redesigned dragon combat a few weeks ago, we can hope.

Llama345
Llama345

@handofkain What I feel is there could never be more than a few dragons in a given area because they are so big and aggressive. 

Daian
Daian

@handofkain I know, right? The first one was good but it still barely had anything to do with actual dragons. Should have been called Darkspawn Age because that's all you generally fought.

makryu
makryu

@stevekeogh @novaprime1985 It is because they've "taken the challenge of Skyrim seriously" that Inquisition has to be taken with a grain of salt in the first place. After DA2, it was clear they had to go back to DAO. Instead, they decide to make the game bigger, blah, blah, blah... If they had trouble making a smaller game work as it should (DA2) it's hard to be optimistic with this approach.

vadagar1
vadagar1

@stevekeogh @novaprime1985 its because they make such amazing games ... we get enraged when they fall so low DA2, and ME3 final level just reek "rushed" "unfinished"


still gonna get DAI though AND ME4 cause I still have faith in their team

vampiricxx
vampiricxx

Ah time to nerd ouy for a moment...in the lore there are different ages, the blessed age, etc..Dragons were thought to be extinct until one appeared at a rebellion that was being had amd one of the big wigs declared it as a new age. A dragon age.

stevekeogh
stevekeogh

@makryu @stevekeogh @novaprime1985


As I said above, I didn't play DA:2 because I thought there were quality issues with the DLC of the original, and from reviews that appeared to be the case with DA:2.


Certainly commercial concerns resulted in poor quality or flawed games, but Bioware were releasing the excellent ME series at the same time. Inquisition looks to have had the time and budget allocated in order to make the successor to BG, or even DA:O, we have all been waiting for.


No company is perfect, but very few have given so many great experiences as Bioware, and many of them so recently.


As I stated above, adults learn to take the good with the bad, only children throw the toys out of the pram when there are a couple of mis-steps. I didn't buy DA:2 because of concerns around Bioware, but I didn't damn them to hell either, just didn't part with my money and time.

stevekeogh
stevekeogh

@vadagar1 I can understand that BW raised the bar so many times that we are shocked when they fail.


I think the ending in ME3 was simply a mis-step, rather than something rushed or unfinished. I didn't buy DA:2 because of low quality in some of the DA:O DLC, so I cannot comment there.


Adolescents and children of course throw tantrums, but adults should be able to put the good next to the bad. I was more disappointed in fellow gamers than Bioware after the ME debacle, to be honest.


Many people had issues with the Soprano's ending, for instance, but that didn't make HBO the devil.

handofkain
handofkain

@vampiricxx must be fun at parties like this. However, the original game had dragons, and I think most people would like to see more of them, which also would make the game more challenging and fun too. that's just it.