Dragon Age: Origins 'Witch Hunt' DLC creeping Sept. 7

BioWare announces latest add-on pack for high-fantasy role-playing game; content focuses on witch woman Morrigan, concludes Origins narrative.

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At Gamescom 2010 in Germany last week, BioWare announced that Dragon Age II would hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 8. But the studio hasn’t forgotten about the original installment.

BioWare today announced the Witch Hunt downloadable content pack for Dragon Age: Origins. The expansion will hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on September 7 priced at $7 (560 Microsoft points).

A confrontation with Morrigan typically yields interesting results...

As for the content's narrative, Witch Hunt casts players as a warden and tasks them with confronting the elusive Morrigan, who disappeared during the events of Dragon Age: Origins. Players will enlist the help of at least three new characters in the fight, the first of which is the gifted Dalish warrior Ariane.

A Web site for Witch Hunt launched today, where two empty character slots sit, a likely indicator that BioWare will reveal the other characters later.

For their efforts in Witch Hunt, players will earn "powerful rewards" that transfer to Origins and prior significant expansion pack Awakening. Additionally, players will be able to import their Awakening or Origins characters into Witch Hunt.

Witch Hunt follows the Golems of Amgarrak add-on that was released on August 10, which took players back to the dwarven realm of Orzammar.

As for the upcoming sequel, Dragon Age II is set over a 10-year period, according to BioWare. It will see the player transform Blight survivor Hawke from "a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land," with new combat mechanics for the game's three classes, as well as "an entirely new cinematic experience."

For more on Dragon Age II, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview. And to brush up on the original Dragon Age: Origins, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

219 comments
JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

sweet, I'm ecstatic about Orgins 2, but I still want to play the DLC's for the first one.

partTIMEdwarf
partTIMEdwarf

This and liar of the shadow broker coming out sep 7 pinch me i must be dreaming CANT WAITTT

aspenjke
aspenjke

I can hear the fanboys screaming in unison.

OldSchoolPlaya
OldSchoolPlaya

Hope they release a Game of the Year Edition that includes everything, before the release of part 2.

Prometheus
Prometheus

@sir_inverno If you have the pc version there's a mod that allows you to skip the fade sequence in the mages' tower.

venasque
venasque

@DarthVillainous Ah I see. It was your old party members you were referring to, and not your playable character. My mistake.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Satirewire: Considering how VITAL Morrigan is in the story, I don't think it will be something just strung together with crazy glue. This will probably be big considering the information it could contain. Remember, this is the FINAL DLC after all for DA so I wouldn't say this will be small... not at all. In fact, even though it's $7, Return to... was $15 and there was VERY little to do in it except follow a story that was already thought up for the original game before anyone could actually buy it. This one, I think might be a little more than that. I can't promise it, but I don't think they're just going to give us a load of fluff and say that's it... we're done. At least, I seriously hope not.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Hmmm... me thinks that DA II will STILL have things to make perfectly clear between Morrigan and Flemeth. After all, remember, Hawke WAS a small part in what went on in DA 1, although how she plays with Hawke I'm not sure yet. Her life and her child's life will probably be a BIG part of 2. Other than that, I don't know if Flemeth will return in 2... although her voice was definitely in DA2's trailer. We shall see what becomes of this. ^_^

sir_inverno
sir_inverno

My second favorite RPG ever after FF tactics. Played through 4 times and would play at least once more if it werent for that long and boring dreamworld at the end of the mages tower.

satirewire
satirewire

@XanderZane This is dlc, not an expansion. Awakening is the only expansion for Dragon Age: Origins. "Witch Hunt" is the 7th dlc that features quests, all of which are very short. I highly doubt that this dlc will be any longer than "Leliana's Song" considering they are both $7.

satirewire
satirewire

Morrigan will NOT die in this dlc, BioWare employees have stated (on the BioWare forums) that her story is not over. This dlc is the last dlc for Origins, and the end of that story (very likely the last we'll see of our Warden as well). Personally speaking, I don't expect Morrigan to play much of a part in DA2, but rather that she and the Old God Baby will be the focus of the 3rd game, or at least a large expansion pack. The dark ritual was too big of a plot point with too huge of possible consequences for it to be ignored. Regardless, I'm happy to see this dlc come out, hoping that it will provide a satisfying conclusion to the romance option with her. Keeping that ring on for all of Origins and Awakening has to be for more than just a nod in the epilogue (at least I'm hoping).

G-dorf11
G-dorf11

Please don't kill off Morrigan in this. She's one of the best characters in Dragon Age, and it would suck to see her die. I can't wait to continue our romance in this, it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. Also I predict Flemeth will be back in this DLC.

Arnoud1976
Arnoud1976

well this comes as a bit of a surprise, i somehow thought this would be continued in DA2, so bioware pulls of the same thing as with Mass Effect 2 and the shadowbroker storyline which i thought would be part of ME3.

AceBalls
AceBalls

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organbank
organbank

@positivebalance go to the xbox tech forum at the bioware social site then. You will see at least 5 threads which are around 30-50 pages long documenting all of the bugs in the game most of which, ten months later, have not been fixed

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Morrigan or Liara? The fight (in my underwear) continues

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

I wanted this to BE the subject of Dragon Age 2. Demon child, born of an old ally, it would have been immense and answered lots of questions. But, as far as DLCs go, this has me more excited than any other.

Rizer
Rizer

Uh? I always thought that what happened to Morrigan was going to be the cliffhanger to be addressed in dragon age 2.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

It will be interesting finding out what happened to that character, in this and DA2.

mne635
mne635

@AceBalls i dislike that people dislike ur post

fenix0003
fenix0003

Hmm this will probably make me revisit Dragon Age

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

Was hoping they would do a full expansion to continue the Morrigan story

AceBalls
AceBalls

I want Morrigan to cast a spell on my pants.

XanderZane
XanderZane

pakpakass If you want the true definition of milking a series, the title is obvious "halo". This is something the fans want and is part of the main story. ************************************************************ Halo isn't even close to milking a series yet. Halo: Reach is only the 6th game. Let's try Final Fantasy, Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, MGS, Crash, Spyro, Dragon Quest and Mortal Kombat. Each of these games have had more then 10 sequels or spinoff on multiple systems. Halo is only on Xbox/PC. Maybe 4-5 yrs from now you can say the franchise being milked. This is DAO 3rd expansion in less then a year. Anyone want to bet we'll see a DAO Game of the Year edition before the end of the year?

_Doomsayer_
_Doomsayer_

Awesome! :D I hope this takes place after the end of Origins... I really want to know what happens next with Morrigan.

LozzyRoxx
LozzyRoxx

Terrible game getting terrible DLC...

PCsama
PCsama

when Zavren and Sten DLC's comming up? haaah..i hope Bioware not planning to terminate all DO origin storyline's elements in DLCs, to avoid finishing what they started ,like Hwak rises up and let your Gery Warden going away

gugler990
gugler990

im guesting alistair and Loghain for the 2 companions, Since you have the choice to let them do the Ritual if you didnt or cant do it yourself.

pakpakass
pakpakass

If you want the true definition of milking a series, the title is obvious "halo". This is something the fans want and is part of the main story.

Deihjan
Deihjan

Oh yes! Morrigan! This will make me want to replay Dragon Age all over again, for the fifth time, so I can have a proper save file for Dragon Age II :3

onuross88
onuross88

Nooo I want to take care of her child in Dragon Age 2 don't take this pleasure away from me

juan99692k6
juan99692k6

the m16 will be fully auto in black ops!(m16A1).

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

don't get me wrong i love dragon age and ive bought all the dlc. i just have a really hard time making anything other than a mage, and since i've played through as a mage twice i have no motiviation to do it again, and the other classes get boring for me to play. i always want to try the things i didn't the first time through, like side with the templars, but without wyne in your part the game is impossible so i get stuck there.

Zaka
Zaka

I think we will see how she becomes the new Flemeth ( I really sure that new witch in DA2 will be morrigan as the new Flemeth).

orbit991
orbit991

I wold have been excited more abut this if it was not one of their DLC's, cant expect much from 1 hour worth of game play

BrianMX34
BrianMX34

I'm very excited to be seeing Morrigan again but they say that this will "conclude" Morrigan's storyline. While being able to get some real closure is nice, does this mean that she won't be appearing in later games? Flemeth seems to be making an appearance in DA2 but idk if Morrigan will. Also if the Warden character doesn't return in future games it kinda complicates the story seeing as the child is his and he's romantically involved with Morrigan. But I guess we'll have to wait and see, I trust Bioware will not disappoint us!

karateguy1
karateguy1

Not interested in DLC. Make a real bona fide expansion pack and i'll buy it.

sieg6529
sieg6529

This should be fun, even with the inevitable cliffhanger ending.

alert0
alert0

Now THIS will sell! They'd better not disappoint! I want a story driven, interactive experience like Leliana's Song, not another dungeon crawler.

jacyp
jacyp

@Shawn45: Have you really played the first game at all? It's not a demonic child she carries, but a god of old, without the taint that transformed it into the archdemon. Flemeth had questionable methods, but her intentions were true reggarding the nature and balance of the world, and her wish to bring the old gods back. Only she doesn't care about human lives anymore. Morrigan is not Flemeth, and you see her changing during the game, if you talked to her the right ways. To go after her is not to kill her, and I doubt this will be the endind of her. I just think it is impossible for the main character to go after her, since she grew deep on the forest, always on the run and always avoiding human contact, and has the ability to metamorph. So if she doesn't want to be found, she won't be. To wait DA 3, 10 years ahead of time (DA 2 will advance this time), with the child probably showing awareness of what she is and what she can do, yeah! that would be a smarter move by bioware.

Chris_Williams
Chris_Williams

nice, this is the only dlc that i'm interested in

Deepflow2
Deepflow2

The reason why I love Bioware and thier games ^^

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

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Samrat_Ashok
Samrat_Ashok

This is it. This is the DLC I've been waiting for. An epic send off to our Wardens, so that we can play as Hawke in DA2 without wondering every moment when next will we see our old character.....I hope that this turns out to be a DLC to remember.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Move up and down and shake it all around. Put your hands in the air, put your hands on the ground! Take one step left, take one step right. If you're doing it like this then you're doing it right.

majere613
majere613

I'm a bit torn. This one sounds interesting but 'Golems' was frankly duff, very short, only challenging if you artificially inflate the difficulty and with very little character development. Hopefully this one will be better. I'd still rather they sorted out the toolset so it actually worked properly and could be installed without needing to mess around with antiquated legacy database software. I'd actually pay them for a toolset I could use.