Dragon Age Legends to be recounted on Facebook

Electronic Arts confirms casual/social spin-off for BioWare RPG series to launch in February as publisher signs five-year pact with social network to use Facebook Credits virtual currency.

Though Dragon Age is firmly ensconced in a medieval fantasy world, the series is in some ways more forward looking than BioWare's futuristic sci-fi role-playing game series, Mass Effect. Last year, the Electronic Arts-owned developer used Dragon Age to explore browser-based gaming with the Dragon Age Journeys spin-off. Next February, the swords-and-sorcery series will expand into more uncharted territory with a new Facebook game called Dragon Age Legends.

Not even Farmville features a world this grim and bloody.

Although Dragon Age was rated M for Mature on account of "intense violence" and "sexual content," EA is developing Legends for "Facebook users of all ages." The game will also be built around casual and social play styles commonly seen on the networking site. Players will enlist the aid of their Facebook friends to work through a storyline's worth of quests, upgrade characters, build their kingdoms, and earn exclusive unlockable items for use in Dragon Age II, which launches March 8.

While BioWare may be new to the world of Facebook gaming, EA has considerable expertise in the subject, thanks to its $275 million acquisition of Playfish last year. Playfish is best known for running Facebook hits like Pet Society, Restaurant City, and Country Story.

In other EA-Facebook news, the publisher has announced a five-year exclusive deal with the social network to streamline the microtransaction experience for customers playing EA games. As part of the deal, EA games on Facebook will only use Facebook Credits as their virtual currency of choice.

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Kexster
Kexster

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big-boss-91
big-boss-91

Facebook games is for retards and for simple minds as they don't have to make a complex decision that is vital in games such as Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins

tko6070
tko6070

one word comes to mind. abysmal.

SkylinePigeon
SkylinePigeon

I broke the chain of Mafia Wars (dumbest waste of time ever but I sunk hours in it, what can I say), and I thought I'd never play another facebook game again. ... damn you and your "unlockable items for Dragon Age II" :P

ThyphonXxX
ThyphonXxX

"earn exclusive unlockable items for use in Dragon Age II," ... why?

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I hope you all realize that if you play this game, you are adding to the statistic of casual gaming. There's nothing wrong with Flash Games and Tetris online, but if you do this, you'll strengthen the argument that casual gaming is the future.

Neosword
Neosword

I don't see anything wrong with this. No one expects a Facebook game to be a sprawling, expansive game. It's really not much different than Mass Effect Galaxy for iPhone which I thought was a decent way to pass some time. I like how Bioware isn't afraid to dabble with pushing the envelope and, most importantly, doesn't let it get in the way of their development of their main titles.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

@partytimekegs -- Yeah, that's usually how businesses survive.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

Now why the heck do I want to play some Dragon Age spinoff on Facebook?

JorundJ
JorundJ

people, don't you understand how great this for sales is? Facebook is a marketing treasure chest, really. Ubi saw it and is moving AC to it and now EA/Bio is joining the rush with DA, and I don't blame them. non-gamers and "noobie" gamers will be interoduced ot these games in this appealing easy way and will start to look at the "full" games, can it be any better? And as for me personally, anything better then the "Ville" games that are currently on facebook. Also some time ago I saw settlers 7 by Ubi on facebook. Grab while you can.

dzezer
dzezer

Dragon Age - always Growing my kingdom like a farm on Farmville - never! I don't care about some damn bonus trinkets or anything. Facebook gaming is for retards!

Dordledum
Dordledum

Guess I will have to make a facebook account then...

Roots_Of_Rhythm
Roots_Of_Rhythm

I have 300 hours invested into Dragon Age and will do anything for bonus stuff, but I will not do this. This is stupid.

wexorian
wexorian

if dragon age will get more fans than it's good for everyone :D

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

I hate Facebook and deleted my Facebook account a while back but if this Legends game or the new Assassins Creed Facebook game Ubis is making adds even the smallest things in DA2 and Brotherhood then i will have to go back to Facebook.

lambizkit
lambizkit

I wouldn't exactly call myself a Facebook gamer. I mainly use to keep in touch with friends/family but this looks like an interesting move for Bioware. I'm all for transmedia storytelling, as it is a great way to tell a story within a constructed world using different mediums. If it gives more insight into the world of Dragon Age then I will play it and hopefully enjoy it. I wouldn't be so quick to knock it until it finally does come out and we can see whether or not it was worth the time and money invested.

mythentity
mythentity

I don't see what the problem is. It's not like they change their entire projects to facebook/casual games.

xenogearz88
xenogearz88

oh god..no, no,no,no no,NO, NO,NO!!!GOD NO!!OH HELL NO!!! .....EA must be REALLY desperate if they're pimping one of their merchandise to the same people who made more money selling fake cows than their Medal of Honor games...... this is it...the end of a giant corporate entity is in sight...nice knowing ya,EA...btw, before you go down, i have to get this off my chest: YOU SUCK!!! THX FOR RUINING MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF COMMAND & CONQUER GAMES WITH THAT CRAPPY C&C:TIBERIUM TWILIGHT FINALE OF YOURS!!! I HOPE YOU ROT IN THE DEEPEST PITS OF HELL!!

Crumblet
Crumblet

Permanent casual gamers irritate me.

satirewire
satirewire

This is really disappointing news to me. The extras for signing up for the newsletter, that's fine. A Facebook game though, WTF? I don't care what the "bonus" is, there is no way I'm gonna sign up for Facebook. Besides, it'll probably be offered for sale later anyway. I'm really not liking this whole marketing on social sites and tailoring games to noobs. I guess when BioWare said Dragon Age was to be the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, they only meant the first game. After this news, I'll pretend to still be shocked if they announce a motion control Dragon Age.

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

My friends and family recently pressured (i.e. nagged) me into getting a Facebook account. With this news, Im kinda happy they did. Bring on the free unlocks!

TrueIori
TrueIori

Just go to show Bioware now = Casual game sauce -_-

Kommitt3d
Kommitt3d

Word, this sounds pretty interesting. I might have to give it a try if i am able to purchase DragonAge Ultimate edition and complete it by then.

fightmusician
fightmusician

I actually kinda enjoyed the Dragon Age mini game they released on the EA site for extra DLC with the first Dragon Age so I don't see why this won't be interesting as well. Although I have yet to play any games on Facebook guess this will be my first.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Facebook or Skynet whatever you want to call it, its only a matter of time before it starts to learn for itself. Facebook will be the death of everything good in this world.....Call to John now

Daian
Daian

Just another sign that the world will probably end in 2012...

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@CMakaCreative: It's a marketing ploy. The kind that says to me "We don't have as much faith in our product as we should have". So they try and saturate every medium they can in the hope that quantity of marketing ensures pre-order figures, so people have already payed for the product before the damning reviews start coming in. It's not just this move. It's several, this is just the latest.

buzznugget
buzznugget

I'm on board only if it lets me send a hoard of Darkspawn to pillage everybody's stupid farms!

Heartagram_03
Heartagram_03

Looks like EA is beginning to make an impact on Bioware. I'm not liking how Bioware is taking the casual approach. First ME2, than DA2 (console version) now this.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Just what we needed, Bioware devolving their games even more.

Delroc
Delroc

i support Bioware faithfully but this is just a stupid decision

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

It was just a matter of time before someone tried to bring REAL games to facebook. I'm surprised with the financial success of games like farmville that every developer didn't have something in the pipeline.

CrookedCrown
CrookedCrown

gross....social gaming is the end of gaming as we know it....i dont like this at all

Wylen0
Wylen0

@nocoolnamejim I really hope you are right, bioware is one of the last great developers imo and i would hate to see this kill them

Wylen0
Wylen0

So this is EA's way of acting butt hurt about zynga being more profitable then them i guess

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

@Hutch13 I'd rather scrub my private parts down with one of those SOS pads you use for removing dried in grease off of broiler pans than bypass playing games on any of the major gaming mediums in order to play some casual, social, family friendly version of Dragon Age on Facebook. I'm twitching in horror just imagining it. On the other hand, everything Bioware touches turns to gold and maybe this, combined with making the next KoTOR game an MMO instead of a traditional RPG will fund more TRUE (IMO) RPG titles from Bioware going forward. I'm just going to keep telling myself this.

Hutch13
Hutch13

Will most serious gamers play on facebook to unlock exclusives....I think not

Barighm
Barighm

Well, at least this sounds more like an attempt at a real game.

topsemag55
topsemag55

I'll stick with the PC version on March 8th.:P

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

Were any of you ever in a situation while you were younger and your parents were friends with the parents of a kid you hated, so your families were always doing things together only the kid you hated would spend all night being a tool, so you'd end up retaliating against him at some point? And then the kid would go cry to his mommy about it and your parents would make you go apologize? That's what it feels like watching EA "friending" Facebook and forcing Bioware to do things like this. I feel so bad for them.

taxonomic
taxonomic

First Marilyn Manson songs for DA1's trailers and now we have Facebook games for the sequel. Sounds so cool and hip and groovy, doesn't it?