EA on why Dragon Age: Inquisition is not titled Dragon Age 3

Reason for title change is a combination of marketing decision and focus on "big story choices."

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EA has explained why it dropped the number "3" from its upcoming role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition, the long-awaited follow-up to Dragon Age's I and II.

A piece of artwork for the upcoming Dragon Age.

EA president Frank Gibeau said that the decision was part narrative and part marketing (according to an IGN news post). "We felt like we wanted to bring more attention to the word Inquisition, because that's more the story arc of what it's like. There's a whole bunch of gameplay and features and big story choices related to how you go through this Inquisition that happens in the world," he said.

"There wasn't anything that strategic about [removing the '3' from the original title], to be blunt. We just wanted to draw more attention to the fact that Inquisition is an all-new chapter inside of the Dragon Age universe, as opposed to people expecting a follow-on to Dragon Age 1 and 2 in a literal, linear sense."

Gibeau also said that EA will release Dragon Age: Inquisition for next-gen consoles due to the capabilities of the Frostbite 3 engine. "We're going to have PS3 and Xbox 360 and PC versions of Dragon Age III, so there will be a very broad-based experience there, but the new platforms are giving us the opportunity to tell stories in much larger worlds with more features and more things. From our perspective, we didn't want to launch a "current-gen" game in a next-gen market. We took the opportunity to add resources, add time, and we brought in new technology. Frankly, we've raised our expectations."

Dragon Age: Inquisition was officially revealed during EA's press conference during the week of E3 2013. Check out GameSpot for more information on the RPG.

Discussion

84 comments
Netherlick
Netherlick

If they screw me like they have done before so help me i´ll lead a fucking 

crusade against Bioware.

RogueBase
RogueBase

Well, seeing as how I only ever played a Mage on DA2, I will have to do so in Inquisition as well. The Templar's must die.

Juvart24
Juvart24

Only thing I know is I will oppose the vileness that is the chantry and their Templar pets even if it means the total destruction of the  planet.

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

"the long-awaited follow-up to Dragon Age's I and II." Nerd talking here, but Dragon Age: Origin wasn't titled Dragon Age I either. So it's not as if "Inquisition" is totally unheard of.

weslag
weslag

The Inquistion, let's begin

The Inquistion, look out sin!

weslag
weslag

NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!

RogueBase
RogueBase

Okay, I've just finished DA2 again, in hopes of trying to see/get a feel for where it all "might/could" possibly lead. And I must admit I'm even more curious now. There are lead-ins and character innuendo that's looking more promising. Also watched "The Seeker" a few days ago which was pretty damn good in it's self. So I'm slightly more inspired to own it when it comes out. And rival mancing is definitely the way to go     lol   Now I just have to replay Origins... but I got a year yet for that  ;)

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

EA just corrupted BioWare. that's why BioWare games started went to hell..

Wretched86
Wretched86

From the fail that was DA2 I don't see myself buying this even out of the $1.99 bin at a shady used game store.

Revl8n
Revl8n

There not calling it DA3 so there will not be another community outcry when they ship another trilogy ending game without a coherent ending. Maybe Joker will show up with the Krogan horde we never saw in ME3.

RogueBase
RogueBase

DA 2, for what it's worth, wasn't a bad game...for being rushed & not well thought out. From other EA posts I believe they're going to do right by Origins on this one. But in this industry you also have to realise that occasionally when a game goes series there's always a bad apple, same with Mass Effect. For DA, that was DA2. It wasn't the game we were all expecting after Origins, not by a long shot. They cheated us and they knew it. It was a shoddy & rushed effort. But knowing that profit was the bottom line they thought they might squeak thru with it.  I'm "hoping" they realise that if they keep cheating the loyal players & devotees, eventually we'll lose trust & faith and then profits are going to redline. You only create something epic if you want to outshine the rest of whats being offered, if you strive to offer something new & different. I'm hoping they don't let the fan base down this time, trust is what brings a player back. EA has alot to prove this time...

Alves_19
Alves_19

What did they do to Morrigan face?????  shes looking like her mother!! NOOOOO

Well, luckily i'm playing it on my PC! so i guess one of the first mods i'm geting will be " fix to Morrigan new ugly face"!! 

isshiah
isshiah

Dragon age II should have been called "DA:Kirkwall" or "The Champion". Now it stands out.

Anyway, I'm excited to hear more. Obviously, we all have different opinions about the last game, but I love the story and and my body is ready. What others do is their business.

Immortal_Sinner
Immortal_Sinner

"Frankly, we've raised our expectations." - Yeah right... Raised your expectations for more money... FUCK YOU EA .

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Or maybe they just dont want to associate too closely with the underwhelming Dragon age 2.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Sounds like there will be differences between the current-gen and next-gen versions.

RogueBase
RogueBase

@Wretched86  

Well, thats your opinion and you are entitled to it. I, myself, have a very good friend who I've bought both games off of in the past, as he let me try them out in his shop first. So rather than pre-judging blindly, I will have have a shot at it first, but I'm fairly certain, it'll be part of my collection. 

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

@Revl8n I don't think DA was ever meant to be a trilogy. From what we know so far this game doesn't really have anything to do with the events of the first game.

ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

@Revl8n Or this: "You have three options, destroy the Mages, control the Templars, or merge both Templars and Mages together."

Rat_King
Rat_King

Well it's fair to not like it, but seems completely unfair to call it a bad game. I don't like Call of Duty, but I still respect it as a good game. First ME is like the first Witcher. It clearly shows its age but did a lot of things no game had ever done before. And I respect that.

RogueBase
RogueBase

@Alves_19  You do realise they they will have all aged quite abit from the Origins storyline by now, right? Mora's gonna get older, accept it and move on...  lol

Alves_19
Alves_19

@isshiah Dragon Age II should be Origins, because it's were it starts the big mess that causes the Inquisition....  Dragon Age 1 a.k.a Origins should be something related to the Blight, or the Wardens...

jecomans
jecomans

@SavoyPrime I didn't really understand those comments. It almost sounds like they're different games, because if you're excited about the bigger world, new-gen blah blah, it by definition can't be simultaneously on current-gen. I'm confused?

RogueBase
RogueBase

@Rat_King

I didn't say it was a bad game, I said "I" didn't care for it is all. My son adores it & if he's happy so am I. It just wasn't my cuppa.

schesak
schesak

@Rat_King @RogueBase 

Well, I personally thought the original ME sucked. . .  Great concept, decent story, but the combat, and especially the enemy AI, was so miserably bad that it made the entire game painful for me to play.

Opinions are awesome, we all get to have our own rather than being required to share.

ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

@Rat_King @RogueBase ME3. At least, in my opinion anyway. It felt rushed and the ending was just poor. I have nothing good to say about the last level.

Alves_19
Alves_19

@RogueBase @Alves_19  Get older, yes... but her face is looking awful! They doing the same with Leliana or Isabela too?? i guess no, they just screw her face! Hope they fix it up, or i'm going for mods! 

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

@Alves_19 @isshiah Its called Origins because of all the origin stories for the different races/classes that you could choose.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

@jecomans I'm gonna assume that's why it got pushed back a whole year. From the way it sounds, sounds like the current-gen and next-gen versions could be two different games.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@jecomans @SavoyPrime I just hope the PC port isn't getting the current gen version. PC's have evolved quite a bit since the, now old, consoles first released and it'd be stupid/spiteful not to take advantage of what PC's can do.

RogueBase
RogueBase

@ohyeah2545 @Pulfasonic @Revl8n  Okay, so Mora was in the trailer ...AND Varric, let's not forget. But then again most of us realize that Mora DID have the hero's or Alistair's baby.......Think on that for a bit  All the possibilities of that outcome. The child could either be like Rosemary's baby or the worlds saviour or a connoisseur of fine cheeses   lmao

RogueBase
RogueBase

@schesak  

I wasn't impressed with ME original too much, that's why I blew it off halfway thru. Went back to Assassins Creed after that.

ApocaLeepse
ApocaLeepse

@Pulfasonic @schesak This. I'd also like those planets to actually be unique, rather than recycled interiors and re-textured terrain.

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

@schesak If ME1 had the graphics and combat of ME3 it would probably be the best in the series.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Alves_19 @Rat_King Hah, there being no mod support hasn't stopped DA 2 from having some mods at least. That's what's fun about mods and modders, they defiantly won't give up.

Alves_19
Alves_19

@Rat_King @Alves_19 It had mods! I used the HD textures mod! Got some new armor pieces and evolving armor mod, that make your weapons and armor improve their stats as you use then!

RogueBase
RogueBase

@schesak @Alves_19 @RogueBase 

Damn, somehow I missed out on the genetics, I am so NOT my Mom. The only thing that lets you know we're related is we're both short, 5'3",  I'm blond like my Dad,Mom has a gorgeous olive complexion and my idea of a good time is absolutely NOT anything to do with mathematics in anyway shape or form other than just the basics.....lol 

schesak
schesak

@Alves_19 @RogueBase 

That is why they say that before you marry a woman you should take a look at her mother...because in 20-30 years, that is what your wife will be.

l777l
l777l

@SavoyPrime @jecomans "I think the two games will be similar, but I think the next-gen versions might have bigger environments (...)."

Towns cut in half for current gen consoles.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

@jecomans On Amazon, current-gen and next-gen games are the same price. So I'm not sure what is going on with the other sites.

I think the two games will be similar, but I think the next-gen versions might have bigger environments or something to show of the next-gen engine. It's just something about the way he worded it that just sounds odd and gives the impression that the will be differences between the two. But at this point, it's just speculation.

jecomans
jecomans

@SavoyPrime So Dragon Age: Inquisition for next-gen. and DA3 for this gen?

p.s. Weren't next-gen games meant to be the same price as now? On each site I've looked at, even the importer I use, PS4 games are pre-ordering for at least 30% more than PS3 versions. $90 from $60-70 for OZGames, and $118 from JB. What's with that?