E3 2008: Dragon Age: Origins Updated Impressions

BioWare shows off the latest trailer for the "spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate," and we've got a first look.

It's hard to believe that our last preview of Dragon Age: Origins was more than four years ago, but that's how long it's been since developer BioWare originally debuted the game. Now firmly entrenched in the EA family, BioWare once again unveiled the game at today's EA press briefing at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. BioWare cofounder Greg Zeschuk arrived onstage roughly midway through the presentation to present a trailer for the game, and once again Zeschuk referred to the game as a "spiritual successor" to BioWare's lauded Baldur's Gate series. And once again, that's all we needed to hear to be very intrigued.

Described as a dark fantasy game that will let players form their own personal origin story, the game's trailer opened with a gloomy-looking gate being guarded by an army of stout-looking humans. Within a few seconds, it became apparent that the armed force was waiting for something: an invasion of sorts. A princely leader type spoke to the mass of soldiers, bolstering them for the attack to come. A few minutes later, the horde of bad guys emerged from the forest beyond: a motley crew of ugly-looking monsters and gigantic demons ready for a fight.

With all of the motivational speaking out of the way, the humans sent the first wave of attackers at the demonic legion: war hounds with gnarly-looking tattoos and snapping teeth just looking for some monster bones to crack. Once the hounds were released, the monsters let loose their first wave of warriors as well. From there, arrows were loosed, catapults threw their fiery loads, and all heck broke loose as the humans made what seemed to be their last stand against a seemingly never-ending tide of enemies.

Beyond the action-packed trailer, we don't really know a lot about Dragon Age: Origins aside from what was mentioned when the game was first introduced four years ago. We know that the game is coming to the PC first, and Zeschuk said that it will appear on consoles "in the future." Considering that this is a BioWare game, it's reasonable to expect that Origins will have a deep and involved storyline, and that the characters will be responsible for making moral choices in the game that will affect the world at large. We'll be providing more details on Dragon Age: Origins as they emerge.

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47 comments
captaink24
captaink24

Scorpian, its not an MMO, so the answer to that question of monthly payments is no

Smoolander
Smoolander

Successor to Baldur's Gate. I'm there.

WhiteScorpian
WhiteScorpian

so do u have to pay every month like most of the good games and its online right?

DavidFry1
DavidFry1

I agree the video looks pre-rendered; so don't worry about system requirements just yet .The game will probably be good because Bioware makes great games. Can't wait to play it.

wodvamp
wodvamp

I of course, meant to say in my last comment, “MY main concern is”. Sorry, everyone. I wasn’t paying attention to what I was writing 

wodvamp
wodvamp

We may concern is whether I'll be able to play it on my machine without a huge upgrade. That was teh thing I loved most about BioWare's other RPGs- in addition to being fantastic games, I could they them on any machine, desktop or laptop.

grambyte
grambyte

oeoeoe, interesting... I will keep an eye open for this game, that's for sure.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

If you're an RPG fan, and you see how Bioware has gone from Baldur's Gate to KOTOR to Jade Empire and now Mass Effect, you have to be concerned how much roleplaying will be in this game! It seems to me that based on trends in PC gaming all future RPG's will be, at best, like STALKER. High on combat, low on roleplaying. With PC gaming becoming the one FPS/TPS genre, I can only see PC gamers interested in other genres moving to retro, independent and casual PC games in an ever faster way!

froggyisland
froggyisland

Bioware...it's a good enough reason for me to be excited bout this game ;) Mass effect was superb, one of the best rpg i've played

Firelord4
Firelord4

Warhammer my ass!This is Bioware!And if this is the cideo of this project, then I get shivers at what Bioware might do:

troness
troness

As basic as the storyline may seem I can guarantee as long as Bioware is making it, it will be good. Mass Effect's story line seemed pretty cliche and basic when looking at it from the outside, but the more you look into it you realize how deep it really is.

mossob
mossob

Have you read the website? I did and the first thing that came to mind was Warhammer. The story of the Good vs. the Corruption is so supper basic and generic it shouldn't even be called out as part of a main storyline unless, like Warhammer, it's the central point of the story. So I'd have to disagree with you and say that, so far, they are very much similar.

elev288
elev288

ehh warhammer and warcraft? Id say these two games will be the extremly far away from what DA will be..They are not similar at all.. corruption and warrior priests isnt exactly uniqe for warhammer or warcraft..They are everywhere even in rl..so hmm dont see the connection

josefina_contre
josefina_contre

Well hoping Bioware doesn't change much after it gets other influences...still worth keeping an eye on this, sounds promising.

mossob
mossob

I went to the website and read the back story, it sounds like it's right out of Warhammer with the corruption and the warrior priests. I hope I'm wrong. Not that it's a bad story but both Warhammer and Warcraft have already used it, you'd think after four years BioWare could come up with something more original. :(

snbatman
snbatman

@PNOIDSCHIZ Read the SHORT article above to have your questions answered.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

Could this could be GOTY? Dare I say GoW killer? I'm watching to find out.

PNOIDSCHIZ
PNOIDSCHIZ

will this be available for the consoles as well?

jekaboom
jekaboom

almost everything that comes from bioware is A grade. ill keep it tracked 4 sure

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

I'll keep watch of it because Bioware is making it.

elev288
elev288

I find it funny that the name of the video is called man versus the armies of the undead as bioware have comfirmed that there are no undeads in dragon age. Anyway..the trailer is entirely in-engine not cgi. Also the different kind of graphic some see is becuase u can play the game from more than one perspective, either from a over the shoulder approach or with an isometric camera. Graphic looks brilliant in both modes in my opinion. Anyway, I am really looking forward to this, will follow it closely

GSGALAXY
GSGALAXY

The trailer is out since days - and looks pre-rendered, got nothing to do with ingame stuff. In this article i can't read anything new - that's all been said already for a while. Viewing the main "Dragon Age: Origins" website and the screenshots there, i have no idea at all, how this game really will look and feel ?!? Images show three different kind of graphics - pre-rendered looking shots out of a trailer - figures and places pretty similar to the Oblivion game look - and much more simple figures and textures style images. So WHAT IS "Dragon Age: Origins" really ? This "first look" reveales nothing except maybe it will be somehow connected to the old Baldurs Gate series ... Weird presentation and E3 news (...or NO news at all ...)

Kez1984
Kez1984

Dragon Age: Dark Allaince

ok_barez
ok_barez

i missed that time, i wish i can renew my memories by playing this :D

ronnet
ronnet

I don't mind the whole comming to console thing, and I think they would have done that even if they were stil under Microsoft (only it would have been one console). Apart from that I dont see anything good about EA, PC fans were happy that they quickly released Mass Effect for them but Mass Effect might not be a trilogy anymore but an never ending story with quickly released sequels.

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

@j007penz, you do know that EA is going to force Bioware to make a new DA game every year, release it on consoles, and then cancel the series once it is no longer profitable? Bioware will become the new Origin. Remember how EA destroyed the Ultima series? Dragon Age is next.

j007penz
j007penz

Bioware and EA are a winning team. This game will be worth the price of admission with this teams track record

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Getting this game as soon as it releases. I've been snatching up every BioWare game since the first Neverwinter Nights, and they haven't disappointed me since. And yes, the lack of info on this game is pretty awful. Trailers! Pics! We need something to work with, Gamespot, come on! :-D

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

considering how bioware is behind it, i'm hoping it will become a great game

1005
1005

BioWare have always been great at RPG's. But the lack of actual information about Dragon Age is really annoying considering how long ago it was debuted. However i look forward to seeing more info about this game as it emerges. Keep us posted Gamespot!

blackdreamhunk
blackdreamhunk

I am so going to get this game how ever will this game push new standards as well as the pc?

carstairs
carstairs

Successor to Baldur's Gate? Sign me up!

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Please show us this as quickly as possible... I wouldn't mind if it was one of the first trailers of the live show.

GCase1
GCase1

Been dying for another game like this....I hope they'll stick with the d20 system; and possibly use 4th Edition from D&D? That'd be pretty cool...

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

Please!! start making Mass Effect 2 now.

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

If this is as good as BG then this WILL be a must have.

Neosword
Neosword

Could use a game like this if it turns out well.

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

I'm excited for it. I've been waiting for four years.

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

If its like Baldur's Gate, then count me in!