First Dragon Age III screenshot shown

BioWare reveals first shot for upcoming role-playing game, says Frostbite engine has allowed artists to create "stunning" work.

BioWare has revealed the first, albeit blurry, screenshot for Dragon Age III: Inquisition. BioWare art and animation director Neil Thompson showed off the image during a presentation at the Bradford Animation Festival (attended by Eurogamer) last night.

"That is Dragon Age: Inquisition," Thompson said, of the image. "It's the first time anyone has seen a frame of it outside BioWare studios."

The image was taken down quickly, though one BioWare fan posted it to the BioWare forums. A higher-resolution version is expected to be released in the future.

BioWare had previously released a batch of concept art for the game.

In addition to revealing the first screenshot for Dragon Age III: Inquisition, Thompson spoke about how BioWare's use of the Frostbite engine has been beneficial to the development team.

"Mass Effect was done on Unreal of course," he said. “Dragon Age was done on the proprietary engine Eclipse. I think anyone who played Dragon Age II would agree that engine was starting to creak a little bit by the time that was released. Obviously Frostbite is the Battlefield engine built by DICE. It's a beautiful, beautiful engine. And what we've found is an improvement with [Dragon Age III] is the artists who were really battling with the Eclipse engine have just embraced Frostbite. The work they're doing now is stunning."

Dragon Age III: Inquisition was officially announced in September and is due out for unspecified platforms during late 2013 (the same time analysts believe new consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be on store shelves).

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dussan2
dussan2

Why am I getting a sinking feeling this is going to go 1st person.

What they need is the storytelling and immersion of Origins, and the combat of DA2.  Then just rake in the money.  DA2 was CLEARLY rushed out.  Not buggy but obvious content was cut out of the game to make the deadline. 

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

to be released late 2013....from the people that promise you everything you like in a role-playing game and give you nothing in return....sorry, but the toxin called me3 is still playing havoc in my veins. i will check this installment of da3 very carefully on you-tube first before deciding on anything concerning a product with ea on it!

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

This is bioware's last chance for me. Will have to wait and see.

Deon101sky
Deon101sky

i have liked all of the bioware games (hides under a bunker)

CasualGamer36x
CasualGamer36x

I hope this frostbite engine makes this game better than what all the comments below are saying about the game...... Hopefully though, I'll be pretty busy playing GTA 5 by then.. :D

I_ArCh0n_I
I_ArCh0n_I

Oh Bioware, nobody cares about your games anymore, you've lost our respect.

Nemesis4747
Nemesis4747

i will be renting this game first, ive lost my trust in bioware games, damn you EA

Jake518
Jake518

I really hope that this new game will be like DA:O. That was a great game and I felt that it truly gave me more value for my dollar.

musalala
musalala

Remember the good old days when Bioware would announce something and we would all rejoice....miss those days

myungish
myungish

I'm sure EA and BIoware have learnt their lesson. Instead of reusing the same dungeon over and over again, I'm sure they'll alternate between 2 dugeons, and use them over and over again. And from ME3's debacle, I'm sure they've realised that 3 colours are just not enough for the endings that virtually look the same. Expect a rainbow of colours to make them 'unique'. Finally, just every single character in the game being bisexual won't be enough anymore. You'll now be able to flirt, date, and become intimate with animals, monsters, darkspawn, dragons, and even dwarves!

MXVIII
MXVIII

I wonder how they are going to wedge in Multiplayer....

the_hunger
the_hunger

I would still rather have Baldur's Gate 3....  Minsc/Boo, Jaheira, Viconia, Aeria ... now thoses were the days!

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

While I love updates, I'm not this desperate for new information. One, out of focus screenshot?...

 

... uhm, yay?

whackyq
whackyq

why are they all dressed up?

cdog21
cdog21

As long as they don't go back to DA:O's battle mechanics and stick us with the same 6-7 maps, then I'm good with whatever Bioware gives us.

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

yay, very likely some 1/2 assed game thats all shinny and gets bribed or some game nuts that go for that shinny above all else rate it a 9/10. Yep thats the story for the past several years and going strong. It become nothing more then a market to fill pockets when it was once to bring great entertainment.

cinerius
cinerius

Well, Dragon Age 2 didn't look bad, the only problem was that it had only half a dozen recycled environments. Without a minimum of variety, moving around felt more like a chore than fun exploration!

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

If the third installment is more like the first and not the second, I can get interested. If not, I'll pass.

simon1812
simon1812

if they are cooking something in the lines of DA:O I am interested, if on the other hand they are just doing another hack&slash a la DA2 I will pass on it, and wait til Bioware comes back to its senses.

ggregd
ggregd

Dragon Age  - Dragon Age 2:

November 3, 2009 - March 8, 2011

16 months

 

Dragon Age 2 - Dragon age 3:

March 8 2011 -  "Late" 2013

32 months

 

Unless they're just holding off until they can put it on next-gen consoles, they appear to have learned something.

hadlee73
hadlee73

To this day when I play any game that involves magic and wizardry I still quote the simple dwarf that did the enchantments in DA:O. Enchantments? Enchantments!

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I am so excited for this game. Frostbite is a great engine and should improve DA immensely. 

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

The game design was what was creaking, not the game engine.  I would spend money for a hundred more games like DA:O, so long as they improved storylines and gave more and more options to interact with the world.

 

Of course, they didn't do this at all with their 2nd entry.  Bioware used to be so good at sequels....

torres_unix
torres_unix

Nice!  I wonder what colors we'll get for the endings!!?

johnd13
johnd13

I think I' m going to wait for other players' feedback before deciding to try it out. This tactic helped me avoid Dragon Age 2 so hopefully it will as infromative when release day comes.

redder1111
redder1111

Bioware's DEAD! I just hope I'm wrong....

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

Ok you guys got the graphics bit sorted out....but for god's sake i wanna play Dragon Age not DMC look-a-like *ahem*DA2*ahem* .....now give us that origins story and gameplay and we are good..

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

The Frostbite engine maybe a major step forward in graphic design but DAO 3 needs a lot more.  The DAO series had a lot gong for it but the developers always seemed to come up short of an epic game.  Take your time and listen to us gamers and what we want in DAO and you may have something huge.

Stiler
Stiler

Bioware if you want to fix Dragon ago 3 it's very simple!

 

1. Give us a grand epic adventure game. Not a one-city mostly going back and fourth between the same area's over and over and over.

2. Give us back our player freedoms. Let us choose what our companions wear, let us pick HOW they skill up (Making anders the ONLY viable healer in DA2 was annoying, I hated his character).

3. Give us back the TACTICAL combat, it' snot an fps. What made combat fun and works well for PARTY based rpgs is the tactical combat. Having enemies that spawn out of thin air kind of defeats the point of traps and tactics in general.

4. Variety Variety Variety, DA:2 was anything but this, reused art assests around every corner, rooms that looked like rooms you've been in countless times. The city felt so lifeless and generic because of this.

 

Basically if Bioware wants DA2 to be successful, more so then DA:O, all they have to do is take DA:O, make it bigger, better, MORE CHOICES, good characters/storylines. Don't fix what isn't broken.

b10nutz
b10nutz

Bioware we all know that Frostbite 2 has a lot to show, but for f*** sake not the graphics damaged DA series. You can hype all day long about the fact that DA3 will be made on the wonderful Frostbite 2 engine but it won't matter at all if you don't offer better gameplay experience, more content and not dumb down version of the game again.

 

PS: Edit button would be greatly appreciated.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I hope this is the very best Dragon Age ever created, these series needs a certain kind of boost to get some of my friends playing it.

isibox
isibox

fingers crossed on this game anyway

isibox
isibox

can we please stop talking about next gen consoles until they actually announce or show it to us instead of all this speculation about 2013

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

Expect to see that area in at least 22 quests.

shadowmage101
shadowmage101

I'm really looking forward to DA3 ! Cant wait

ssj2los
ssj2los

I think the frostbite engine has reinvigorated the devs at bioware. The frostbite engine allows so much more. I can't wait to see a game thats not a FPS but with FPS graphics. This could be a new beginning.

yeah_28
yeah_28

Im quite interested in this, i've almost finished DA:O by now and think its an ok RPG, kind of dissapointing though, then a lot of people seem to think that DA2 was actually worse.

 

Im wondering what will DA3 will turn out.

 

EXODYS
EXODYS

Even though I did not enjoy DA2 as much as other Bioware games I still have my hopes up for Inquisition. I wouldn't write Bioware off so fast because of a few titles, we might yet see some of the magic that made Baldur's Gate, KOTOR and Dragon Age Origin.

darkscape
darkscape

You think you can fix Dragon Age with a new engine??? Laughable!! You can fix Dragon Age by going back to your roots and not doing anything you did in Dragon Age 2. That thing was an abomination...

 

Will not be a first time buy for me, BioWare lost all credibility after DA2 and SWTOR.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

DA2's engine was not creaking, your integrity as a company was creaky (to put it mildly), the engine was a bit old. There is a difference. I just hope that when they show pictures of the dungeons they aren't exact copies of each other like some other game they once released... DA2 made it look like a lot of time and care went into innovation into the CoD rehashes.

BigFeef
BigFeef

I can see it now: great graphics, shoddy gameplay, watered down story, and reused area maps... It's going to be a blockbuster!

face_ripper
face_ripper

Bring back the complexity of DA:O please, an amazing story with choices that ACTUALLY impact the game.

Taasi23
Taasi23

See, this would be the perect place to put relocate the question mark at the end of the Modern Warfare 4 headline. This image is "shown" in the very loosest sense of the word. :P

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

I don't know. Frostbite and Dragon Age 3 sounds good, but Bioware has a tendency of disappointing people. I'll wait and see how it plays out, then I'll buy it.

Alpr1010
Alpr1010

I am still interested in the story, but if I do buy it, it will be used.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

They need to fix the myriad other problems and design foibles before I consider purchasing this sequel.  The graphics were fine.  I feel a rant coming on, so I'll end there.