Dragon Age: Inquisition survey asks about multiplayer

Might BioWare's new role-playing game be the first entry in the series to feature a multiplayer component?

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Do you want to play BioWare's upcoming role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition ahead of its launch later this year? If you live in the Vancouver area and complete a new survey, you have a chance to do so.

BioWare will hold Dragon Age: Inquisition playtests next week on February 10 and 11, and if you complete this survey (and cross your fingers), you might just be selected. The developer is looking for a variety of participants, ranging from hardcore gamers to people who have never played a Dragon Age game before.

The survey asks standard questions like "What platform do you primarily play on?" and if you have any experience with playtesting sessions. The survey also queries respondents about their experience with past BioWare games like Dragon Age 1-2, as well as Mass Effect 1-3.

Interestingly, the survey also asks users to rate their experience with Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component. BioWare said previously that it admired that game's multiplayer component, but was undecided about multiplayer for the new Dragon Age game. No entry in the series to date has featured a multiplayer mode.

Finally, BioWare released a new Dragon Age: Inquisition screenshot (above) pulled from a pre-alpha version of the game.

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches during fall 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game was originally expected to release last fall. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

221 comments
GabrielX-X
GabrielX-X

Co-op would be nice, but no split-screen please, Full screen experiance is better then split-screen.

SHERNEE
SHERNEE

I personally really enjoyed Mass Effect 3's multiplayer. As long as this doesn't affect the single player experience/storyline I believe it could be fun.  

commenter51
commenter51

You guys are being a bunch of pantywaists. So what if they add multiplayer? It's not like they're forcing you to play it. And besides, what if they add co-op instead of that dreadful ME3 multiplayer? There's nothing wrong with playing a great game with your friends, is there? No? Thought so.

starjay009
starjay009

I rather play a f**ked up single player campaign than having a multiplayer component f**k up the overall game ! No thanks Bioware. PLEASE make Dragon Age Inquisition single player ONLY ! REAL games don't have multiplayer in them. 

syllvanas01
syllvanas01


Laidlaw, I am warning you, do not even start with your brilliant ideas man!!

UltraredM
UltraredM

Drop in, drop out co-op where another player, whether it be splitscreen or online, can take control of a party member.

cboye18
cboye18

I can only agree with local coop split-screen... 

MN121MN
MN121MN

Well, I don't live in the Vancouver area, but that won't stop me from filling NO on the survey....

isshiah
isshiah

No, although it would be interesting to see what the come up with. Magic in mp would be unique.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

STOP..just stop now with adding damned multiplayer in single player RPG's. What the fuck are you thinking Bioware? Oh wait..I forgot..EA wants this. -_- 


Didn't care for ME3 multiplayer, but I was forced to play it to get the best ending (oh..right) and I don't care for this now. Stop trying to implement features that these types of games don't require.

hellgast0
hellgast0

No no no no no no no..... just no!


Unless it's co-op and then it needs to be done well.

pboontap
pboontap

ok biowhore, just stop it already. we already know you're just looking for a way to make it seem like everyone wants this. so go ahead and conduct your bs poll, release whatever skewed numbers you want and be done with it.  


*in the voice of Daniel Plainview* "Don't you know you are destroying my IMAGE of you, as a game developer"


Michael83917
Michael83917

A lot of people seem to think adding multiplayer automatically detracts from the single player somehow. This isn't necessarily true in any way. A lot of multiplayer content is just recycled stuff from singleplayer (enemies, environment, props, lighting, animation, vfx, sound, AI), or is "procedural" (AI or human controlled enemies for example, you don't have to do anything, they can generate new experiences on their own).


The big thing you need to work on with (online) multiplayer is netcode, which would be a problem a few years ago with DAO, but now DA3 is using the Frostbite engine, which was originally made for Bf3 (?iirc) and is owned by EA, so Bioware could basically have libraries of netcode alreadyfinely tuned for their engine handed to them from the get go, they would really just have to do a little customization on top. 


And its not like Bioware is a tiny indy studio off on its own, where they have to pull people off of the core game to work on things. Its fairly normal in the industry to subcontract chunks of work off to small studios. EA or Bioware could just pay someone else to do this, leaving Bioware's people to concentrate on their respective tasks.


Stuff doesn't get cut from a big well funded game because multiplayer happened, stuff gets cut because deadlines happen.

csward
csward

Why does every game have to have multiplayer now? I suppose it's because of a misguided belief that multiplayer increases sales, when in reality, we gamers drive sales for EA through word of mouth. Does anyone talk about ME, Tomb Raider, AC, ect. multiplayer? No, because that's not what those games were ever about to begin with.


Really EA could make a $30 single player game and a $30 multiplayer game, but OFC they want to justify charging everyone $60, even if you don't want some content.

Michael83917
Michael83917

I think Bioware is missing the point if they are looking at ME3's multiplayer. 

They need to be looking at Baldur's Gate and maybe Neverwinter Nights.

Let people play through the campaign with their friends if they want, 

or add DM tools and an editor so people can make and run their own campaigns.

Bioware has done this before on much older hardware and software, 

there is literally no reason they can't do it now.

AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

Ugh. I hope not. Not every game needs to have multiplayer. What happened to the BioWare that made solid single-player RPGs? Mass Effect 3 was held back by the requirement to play the multiplayer mode to get the best outcome in the single-player story. Didn't they think about people who only want to play single-player? 

I just wanted to continue with the story, if I wanted MP I would have played an MP game to begin with. It was fixed eventually but it shouldn't have been a problem to begin with. After all Skyrim sold 20+ million copies and was a single-player only RPG. People still want single-player RPGs and single-player experiences in general.

gtiam
gtiam

Nope, and I'm getting pretty tired of games like Mass Effect or Assasins Creed trying to stick multiplayer in there. If they want to add an online component why not co-op? I am already running around with a party of 3 other characters, why the hell can't those characters be a friend. Stupid. 

sepir
sepir

I loved nearly everything about ME3 (a lot of people may call me names there). One of the the few things I didn't like was that everything I did was halfed because I don't like some forms of multiplayer. I don't care if they tack on multiplayer (in fact I wanted good multiplayer for NWN 2 due to my experience with some NWN persistant worlds, but that was painful what they did) as long as it doesn't affect my single player experience.

Enkhrypthor
Enkhrypthor

There you go,

EA just being EA.

I mean, they are consulting us, about new features , but with their bad reputation among the gamers causes us ( at least me )  to feel repulsive feelings when they try to mess up dragon age again.

Instead giving us multiplayer, Give us an awesome singleplayer experience with a 300h + content and we will "try" to "like" you.





aoishiro
aoishiro

skyrim is single player ; SKYRIM IS SINGLE PLAYER

fallout 3 is single player ; FALLOUT 3 IS SINGLE PLAYER

final fantasy vii is single player ;  FINAL FANTASY 7 IS SINGLE PLAYER

mass effect 2 is single player ;  MASS EFFECT 2 IS SINGLE PLAYER

the witcher 2 is single player ; THE WITCHER 2 IS SINGLE PLAYER

dragon age origins is single player ;  DRAGON AGE ORIGINS IS SINGLE PLAYER

all of those great old rpg before internet ; ALL OF THOSE GREAT OLD RPG BEFORE INTERNET



so to answer your question = NOOOOO i don't want your f-in multiplayer (i took the survey btw).

BTW do you want multiplayer while reading your book, watching movie, you know some a-hole hovering around you just to annoy the f-ck out of you while you were trying to relax?????



ff7100
ff7100

NO make the best fucking RPG and that's it i don't want excuses that they fucked it up cause of resources were diverted toward's multiplayer

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

some form of friends being able to help would be cool :) like speeding up agents actions or sending reinforcements to a under siege or attack keep or town.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

As long as it doesn't take away from the main story mode I see multiplayer only as extra value for my money even if I'm not interested in it.I didn't play much of the ME3 multyplayer but I didn't think it took anything away from the campaign.I still loved the ME3 campaign and thought it was the best in the series.(except for the ending)

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

It would be better for BioWare to tack on some fun mode instead of planning ahead for greater integration. ME3's multiplayer was casual wholesome fun, but the galactic readiness tie-in to the campaign was both unnecessary and irritating. If they really want a multiplayer DA, I suppose DAO is always a possibility; I can always pretend it doesn't exist.

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

it would be great if they polish it more and add cross platform multiplayer but I do not want the multiplayer component ruining the single player component. if they pull it off , its going to be awesome

musalala
musalala

Do it like rockstar, release the single player first make sure its amazing then release the multiplayer

Nec0Machina
Nec0Machina

I see Mike Laidlaw is still on the team. Do not want.

galactic88
galactic88

How about we all just side step this question and pre-order Witcher 3 instead....

Zloth2
Zloth2

At this late date, if they haven't decided about multiplayer then they definitely don't want to do it!

So what's this about playing an RPG early?  Maybe the first few minutes but playing one at length sounds like a terrible idea.  You'll be playing a seriously buggy version which will make it a lot less fun.  Then, when the real (presumably less buggy) game comes out, you'll have already played through a lot of the story which will make it a lot less fun.  I think it's better to wait for the real version, then wait for the inevitable patches to the real version, THEN play the game.

xolivierx
xolivierx

let's put it this way

having other human AI only distracts from the story and exploration elements. In no way can you feel the same way about a game if you played it with other humans. It's like having somebody talking to you while you read a book. NO THANKS.


I did the survey, fuck multiplayer, and fuck DA2


vigaltrus
vigaltrus

@commenter51 Except, oh yea that's right, ME3 did force you to play it's God awful Co-op Multiplayer to get all the endings in the single player. Plus, that's vast amounts of time, money, and manpower now wasted that could be put into refining the single player story and gameplay.

Michael83917
Michael83917

@csward It wouldn't be $30 vs $30 it would be a lot closer to  $59/$1 in cost (not that they would ever sell MP for $1, they'd bump it up to $10 or $19 just because).

staffordguy
staffordguy

@gtiam Mass Effect's multiplayer WAS co-op, it wasn't story co-op but it was co-op nonetheless.

Michael83917
Michael83917

@aoishiro  "all of those great old rpg before internet ; ALL OF THOSE GREAT OLD RPG BEFORE INTERNET"

Except all the real rpgs that rpg video games are based off of (ie tabletop) are multiplayer. 

Back in the old days Bioware did it right (Baldurs Gate - NWN1) why can't they bring that back? 

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@galactic88  People like you annoy the hell out of me.Not all of us have money for only one game every 10 years.There's no reason why I shouldn't play both.

Michael83917
Michael83917

@xolivierx  

IIRC, in Baldur's Gate you had the option of playing the campaign solo or with friends. Why not have the option? I can definitely understand wanting to play it solo (at least once or twice) but I think it would be cool to play though a campaign with a friend or two, or even random people. The Borderlands series comes to mind.  

B0NES96
B0NES96

@xolivierx  Playing with other humans is not human AI. AI stands for artificial intelligence.

musalala
musalala

@biggest_loser @musalala  at least the single player didn't suffer because of the multiplayer, knowing EA and their past BS they will force single players to play the  multiplayer.All I ment is keep the two completely separate, I haven't even touched GTA V multiplayer and have no interest in it either way.