EA courts 1 million Dragon Age II demo downloads

Publisher to hand out free in-game items to entire community if 360, PS3, PC sampler goes platinum by March 1.

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Electronic Arts will be priming the release of BioWare's Dragon Age II on March 8 with a demo, due two weeks to the day prior on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Eager to get that sampler into gamers' hands, BioWare said today that two in-game bonus items will be unlocked for the entire Dragon Age II player base…if the demo accrues 1 million downloads before March 1 across all three versions of the game.

The two items up for unlocking are the Far Cliffs of Kirkwall and Lothering's Lament tomes. The first is a book of poems written by a Fereldan refugee fleeing the Blight, and it grants money when read. The second tome is also a book of poems from a Blight refugee, and it grants players bonus experience points when read.

Hawke will meet Isabela in the demo. Expect literal and figurative sparks to fly.

As for the demo itself, gamers will be able to play through Dragon Age II's prologue as one of three character classes. The demo will introduce the game's primary protagonist, Hawke, and see him journey to Kirkwall to rendezvous with romantic interest Isabela. Gamers who complete the demo will also unlock Hayder's Razor, a dwarven blade that grants health, mana, and combat bonuses, for use in the full game.

For a download to count, BioWare said that gamers will have to log into their EA account while playing the demo. Gamers looking to keep tabs on how many Dragon Age II demos have been downloaded can do so through the game's official website.

For more on Dragon Age II, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

162 comments
ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

You have to be spoiled by the demo so you'll have some exclusive stuff, cool!

red_wolfk49
red_wolfk49

i was very worried for dragon age 2 after hearing the changes that was implemented,and seeing how the games graphics were going to be but after playing the demo the 1st time they were put to rest..i played the demo about 5x its still going to be a great game.cant wait for the 8th

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

@simewn and @CarlitosWay: definitely agreed. glad too se there are still people out there who can think straight.

jimrix
jimrix

Just played the demo in X11. Poor frame-rate and non-rendering polygons get a 1/10 score from me,

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

You know what is complete and utter bullshhh? The fact that Bioware now adds a 3rd unlockable tome, that you can only get if you have FB, and share it with a million people. Ok, the sharing the demo was a cool idea, not unique, but it got the downloads. But now Facebook? Seriously? Do you guys REALLY need that much hype for this game? DA:O was one of the most epic games in RPG history! Why wouldnt there be a humongous desire for this game already? Was the FB exclusive ploy absolutely necessary? To me, this really turned me off to both EA and BW. I love Bioware, i just never figured them to stooping so low.

AssassinEye96
AssassinEye96

I already beat the demo like six times and I am still loving and each time I play it I want the game more and more

simon1812
simon1812

disappointing, yeah I expected DA:O to be the revival of a genera that saw his best moment with baldur's gate series and that almost died with Never Winter nights, DA:O was close but not quite there, and now bioware clearly walks in the opposite direction with Dragon age 2. a mere hack & slash , a half-@ssed hack&slash , recently I saw a gameplay video of the withcer 2 and its fighting mechanics are more appealing to me than anything I saw in the DA2 demo. I dont like comparing games but they both have a lot in common, but the witcher 2 mechanics seem to have more substance and it looked more engaging. in DA2 demos, at the moment when it gets the most challenging , it is also when you see how flawed the fighting mechanics are and how handicapped the main character is. in other games, like in DMC series, it doesnt matter how hard it gets it all comes to skill and reflexes because Dante got all the right moves, which are very efficient even for starters, and leveling up only unlocks even better moves to make an already awesome fighter an even better one.

UniversalCypher
UniversalCypher

i just would like to say as well - bioware is one of the smartest gaming companies around. they've created some of the greatest role playing games to ever exist, at most likely the best consistency rate for creating great games, compared to other companies in this category. i simply cant count bioware out for experimenting with a young franchise..i think this a great evolution for dragon age..i cant help but remain open minded when it comes to bioware's knack for making the development of exceptional games look easy.. -UC

UniversalCypher
UniversalCypher

even though im holding firm to the idea that we've seen very little of what da2 has to offer, im still thoroughly impressed with the demo. i feel like the combat is exactly the way i imagined it would be when i first heard bioware speak about it. in my opinion, the combat was the best thing about the demo - i think the demo was mainly released to showcase the combat. i do prefer the art design of dao over da2. one thing dao did extremely well with the art design, was create a believable and realistic world with a deep sense of history, and you could see it in everything. dao, in my opinion, is prolly the best interpretation of how i would personally imagine a believable rpg realm. what i can appreciate about da2's design is that the story is being told from the perspective of a person who has a reputation for exaggerating the details - and we learn this in the very beginning of the demo. because of this, i def expected to see what i saw in the demo design wise, and i wasnt disappointed. -UC

sooty1987
sooty1987

so......... do they have a million yet?

D_cook100
D_cook100

if Dragon Age 1 = LOTR than Dragon Age 2 = 300 seriously though, wayyyy different feel than the first one. i can't tell if i like it or not.

simewn
simewn

Just played the demo and ,wow! What a disappointment. I cannot believe how bad it is. Are we talking about bioware's dragon age? I will wait for the full release to make my final judgement , but, wow.

TerraMantis
TerraMantis

Oh yeah, and the Darkspawn. They don't look as cool as before. I think it is because they're real scrawny looking and...it's the noses...they have noses now. I liked 'em in DA:O better.

TerraMantis
TerraMantis

I have tried the demo on the Xbox and PC now and i have to say that i am disappointed with the PC version. Whereas, before i absolutely preferred the PC version and loved the game. Maybe i just need to remap the "weak attack" button, from the left-click of the mouse, and place it somewhere better, but i really disliked the need to continuously click on my target to do my..."auto-attack" skill. It just seemed monotonous and i am sure, by the end of the game, it will feel extremely tedious. I hope they add an option in the radial menu, or something, to make it so one click will make the character you're controlling continuously attack their target. This function feels trivial and shallow for a game like this. Dragon Age is supposed to be about micro managing an entire team and i feel as though im missing things or not giving my other team mates the acute attention they deserve because i am mindlessly smashing the A button, or left click, as filler or my guy will just stand there while actual skills are on cooldown. Although this function is much less noticeable and or just more enjoyable on the Xbox it is, thus far, my only gripe with DA2. Besides the "nonauto-attack" issue I like most of the changes for the better. Actual combat, combination of team members to enemy buffs and debuffs make for a much more solid experience with cross class effects, and talent tree skills that are very smooth and bloodily satisfying.

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

@blackthorne: how can you even say that? the new dialogue system is so dull and bland, a 3 year old could write better lines. the combat is horrible, it just feels like clicking until a healh bar goes down, and has an idiotic arcade feeling to it. and the graphics from the demo, played on max, look like a 2004-2005 game. @UniversalCypher: I agree with most of what you've stated, i sure hope things will change in the full version. I loved DaO 1. and i also agree that the HUD and interface don't look well at all.

TerraMantis
TerraMantis

@thereandback21 I assume you're trying the demo for the computer. I have downloaded the demo for Xbox and PC and the xbox version asks for no such thing. Also, if you are talking about the PC version when it asks for the info...hit cancel...duh dun daaaah. It will exit the info screen and take you to the main menu of DA2. All conspiracy theories avoided.

thereandback21
thereandback21

@UniversalCypher... My Beef isn't really with Bioware, it's EA, they requested the info to play, which I feel is too much for a demo... I hold no illusion that my info is top secret or any nonsense like that... I just don't need to aid in the proliferation of my info's availability. Also, my passing on DA2 and my plan to play skyrim are separate instances... I am passing on a game I was lukewarm on, to wait for a game that has my full interest... and it is not much of a leap to suppose that gamers who play one big fantasy series, will also play another big one. My boycott of DA2 has nothing to do with what anyone else is going to do, I'm just refusing to spend my hard earned cash for a company that is grubbing for my personal info for marketing purposes. I was annoyed when I posted earlier and I really mispoke about Bioware being overated and I'll admit it, their games to this point haven't done it for me, my opinion, sorry... I plan to play ME2 at some point... A demo for which I played and did not have to register...

UniversalCypher
UniversalCypher

i dont know - some people have become hardcore fans of the dragon age realm..and some people havent. personally, i do think the demo has a more console feel to it, but the traditional combat style we saw in DAO still remains an option. i used the same tactics in DA2s demo that i used in DAO. lets not forget people, its a demo. demos are almost always buggy and dont include many of the features or gameplay mechanics in the actual full release of the game. the demo is a teaser - not the actual game. i honestly thought everything was improved upon in a more efficent way - though i wasnt very impressed with the character screen hud - i thought the design was too arcade like - i prefer the original dragon age hud. im sure modders will also go to work on this game as well - DAO has a pretty large and extremely talented modding community..i have DA2 on pre-order and cant wait to play it.. @ thereandback21 people who are way more threatening to your life than "bioware" currently have tons of information about you - more than any game company would ask you to give simply to download their game - which isnt at all an unreasonable request. and how do you play skyrim in protest to dragon age 2 when one can bet the large majority of dragon age players will most likely also play skyrim when it releases..morrowind and dragon age are hardly in any sort of rivalry.. -UC

blackthorne
blackthorne

By far a more superior DA: combat is smooth, dialogue is improved, and as always the graphics are amazing.

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

i dunno, the demo is either a console pre-alpha version of a few levels, or is an early april fool's day joke, but a really bad one. IT IS HORRIBLE!

AlexGK
AlexGK

Man, if they dont do a REALLY good story this is gonna fail SO bad... Its pure arcade now, character development, combat, sad story :(

TerraMantis
TerraMantis

We're getting the extra items for sure. It is 2/24/11 just before 9am, my time, and we're up to 735k downloads now in just 2 short days. BOOSH!!!!

SSeetoh
SSeetoh

somehow i didnt find the demo that impressive.. prefered the previous fire effects, death effects and smoothness. Now its.. different.

thereandback21
thereandback21

EA can go fornicate themselves.. they want you to sign up for the BS online account before you can play a demo?? I just want to try out their product, so maybe I'll spend my money and they demand my information too? I don't think so... I'm sick of giving my info out to people, to then pay them for the right to use their product... I thought I'd give DA2 a shot, but I'll wait for elder scrolls in protest... Bioware's overated anyhow.

petacadan
petacadan

Already i completed several times the demo and it's good.Still waiting for the full game to see if it's raising to the expectations from the previous one :DAO

garyhove
garyhove

down loading now but very slow!!

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

@DanielCuc I think you mean Tick, Tock

deviant74
deviant74

It's like watching grass grow at 15% 3 hours to go.

DanielCuc
DanielCuc

Working but damn slow download :|

DanielCuc
DanielCuc

waiting for the pc version of it ... tic tac tic tac

FaYt2021
FaYt2021

@kerwinramos Not on the PS3 yet, but I'm downloading it on my Xbox right now.

kerwinramos
kerwinramos

EA is fooling around! No demo up to now

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

I am counting down until I'm able to download the demo. It won't be long now... Almost there!

DanielCuc
DanielCuc

Why is it not working ? I can't find it anywhere on the site ... it's the 22 nd come on! :D

jollybest1
jollybest1

oh boy oh boy , i hope i receive my copy of da2 on the 8th of March, and for me today is 22 Feb but the demo isn't released yet....

ZackMAck43
ZackMAck43

clicked on the ad link and nothing on the page, maybe wait a an hour try again and see what happens

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Tomorrow the demo will be loaded and I know this freebee is in the bag. Thanks Bioware!

nosferatu94
nosferatu94

and this is why i luv bioware thanx guys.

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

Well that's cool. No everyone can get two exclusive items due to reaching the goal. Hope the game beats peoples expectations. I liked the first game :)

dkdk999
dkdk999

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DEATH775
DEATH775

Sounds a tiny bit complicated

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

i'll give this one a miss I think.

Gredirn
Gredirn

Pre-demo release before full release is awsome marketing but if the demo is jacked it could be a two edged knife in the money role.I did find it really cheap after purchasing the first and exp/some add-ons 8-12 months down the line Ultimate came out for 40.00 with all add-ons pissed me the freak off but it did work out for the best when I sold my other one the twice what it was worth then bought ultimate and 3 other games

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Already got the game preordered so I don't really care about the demo or those two stupid add-ons.... But yeah GL ea hope you get what your after...

MuddVader
MuddVader

"EA courts 1 million Dragon Age II demo downloads" Made me think a demo was already out. Jerks. I'm really interested to see how it plays. I hope there is enough dialogue to give us enough of a feel for how the new dialogue will be. Now I just need a Deus Ex demo and I'm good.

thebanewolf
thebanewolf

@Drakkengoth What do you mean? You want it to be on the disc/game?

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Good, now i can actually c if they did it right. That Day-one dlc really pisses me off still, its a blatant crime how obviously cheap they r :/

seattleguy15
seattleguy15

well u can say same for like the iphone first came out it was like 500 but u pay if u want it now that just it i love this game so its not fool me once i know what im getting into