Gender-neutral Dragon Age: Inquisition box art revealed

Take a look at the cover art for BioWare's upcoming RPG, coming this fall to Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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BioWare today released the official cover art for its upcoming role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition, due to release this fall for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

The Dragon Age: Inquisition art depicts the hero standing on a rocky cliff, thrusting a hand upwards to form the shape of a dragon's head.

"They say only the Inquisitor has the power to stop it…," BioWare wrote on Twitter. We don't know what the "it" is, but that's presumably going to be the crux of the game's story.

The art also doesn't specify a gender for the hero. This was intentional.

"An uncertain gender was absolutely intended. It's whoever you want to roll, essentially," creative director Mike Laidlaw said on Twitter.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third main entry in BioWare's fantasy RPG series, following Dragon Age: Origins (2009) and Dragon Age II (2011). Inquisition was originally scheduled to launch last fall, but BioWare later delayed the game an entire 12 months to its new release window of fall 2014.

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

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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603 comments
Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

Wait wait wait.  You mean I can play as male OR female?  AMAZING.  Haven't been able to do that since,... well the gd gold box AD&D series back on commodore 64.  F yourselves.

orfaulmann
orfaulmann

What a stupid topic, wtf?!? An RPG is about developing your character as you want it to be! The Elder Scrolls V have given us that freedom! Lose the gender-specifics... the world is an open book and how one plays it shouldn't be restricted in any manner. It is a game after all trying to emulate reality. You as a developer, design the game to appeal to all and a stupid subject such as "Gender-Neutral" shouldn't even pop-up!

-sakabatou-
-sakabatou-

I understand all the frustration with the overly politically-correct man hating world we live in.. but damn you guys are looking at this the wrong way. Does no one else think that its a good idea to have the box gender-neutral because you can play as either a man or a woman, and not because of some silly political message? Someone else commented on how this is pandering to feminists; its not. I'm a guy and quite often I play RPG's with a female character because I dont want to stare at some guys ass for a 100 hours.

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

Hurray...gender neutral...way to go..oh wait, I don't a *&&$^@#!

chechak7
chechak7

Were is OLD cover system all red dragon ....oHHHhh never mind 

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

"Hey guys did you see what we just did back there?" 

"Uh no?"

"They're gender-neutral."

"I see, and this enhances my gaming experience how?"

"Well it doesn't but we felt like it will appeal to woman right activists and feminists neither of which play games."

Feminists have fallen for the cultural marxism that feminism is as an attempt for the government to divide the vox populi further on a societal level. Good job thinking you're actually promoting something positive when in fact you're playing into the role that has been pre-destined for you!

DaCriLL
DaCriLL

god i hate the world we live in today. 


gender-neutral,always-offended,everything-is-rasist,everything-is-sexist,everything-is-homophobic,left-wing-liberal,white-hating,man-hating,fat-shaming,fat-acceptance,anti-science,twitter-ruled,womend-studies.


100 year from now, this age we live in will be the laughing stock of history. if we get that far.


There is something horribly wrong in a world where the opinion of a highly educated and renowned researching professor, recognised as an expert in his field by his peers(that's other professors) and some b*tch with an 2 day education in some pseudosientific hippie bullcrap and a blog, has equal weight in a debate. A debate about the same field that the professor is an expert in and the b*tch whit a blog has "read a lot about".


that professor vs blogger part was unrelated to the article but it's a good example on how humanity is just imploding on itself.


oh yeah, and anti-vaccin people should be lined up and shot. very srs. endangering the life of infants by preaching bullsh*t wrapped in a mist of conspiracy theorys.


thats all, my rant of the day. 

oneligas
oneligas

the cover should of been like DA:O's red and white box art

pyosisified
pyosisified

Since when did game developers become politicians? I play games to escape this shit

hastati4
hastati4

They'd be much better off just not putting the main character on the cover, or using just that signature helmet thing. Instead they've made it blatantly obvious how carefully they want to pander to everyone, tiptoeing their way across all the PC steps.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

Thats a male, a female would have been wearing kinky clothes.

vadagar1
vadagar1

oh and btw for all the insecure virgin cry babies...


grow up...


get over yourselves...


and try to interact with real people every once and a while, your parents are not a very good standard on which you can measure your actual worth to society, fact is if your so ill mannered and moronic, your parents are worst.


and oh yah, your NOT the center of earth nor a rare gem to be admired...


your just...


another Ahole... in the long line of Aholes, and if you don't like it, too bad ;)


try not to delete my comment Gspot there are far WORST S***T below me

vadagar1
vadagar1

love all the entitled babies crying on the comment section now


grow up


no wonder no one wants to be in bed with you whiners... pfff

santinegrete
santinegrete

What political correctness has to do with a gender neutral box art? But I'm still worried: political correctness is what made the comedy genre worse: I haven't seen a good insane comedy like Naked Gun saga in ages. If that concept makes them screw up the game, bioware has stopped being what they were.

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

Am I the only one that doesn't like this direction? If they're so concerned about being politically correct, how about just not include the person in the box art? 

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

You see that long sword?! It's a dude!

adamwood93
adamwood93

Honestly though, by Bioware trying to be politically correct at every turn they aren’t appealing to anyone.

kkrakhed
kkrakhed

Are those painted finger nails?  Definitely a chick.

faschijp
faschijp

lol pathetic. if it's a good game I'll buy it whether it's a woman or man on the cover. and besides. as I'll be playing on PC I'll be buying digitally anyways so nice try.

alexey_kipnis
alexey_kipnis

But wait it is even more PC! It's not only gender-neutral, but sexually-neutral, and racially neutral! Oh Bioware and your weird tolerance... Honestly I think that Bioware's portrayal of women in their games is even more offensive than classic damsels-in-distress. Newsflash Bioware men and women are different, we think and act differently. You can't make a strong female character by writing a male character and giving him female model, textures and voice. I just imagine them in their office:

Director: "So guys we need a strong female character for our game, how do we create one?"

Writer(chokes on coffee): "Wait, what?! You mean like a woman-hero? Women only do kitchen work and whine a lot, and talk about dicks, you need to rethink that, that is impossible."

Director:"Current trend demands so, audience will like a strong female character, like you know the ones in "Last of Us", or this show about thrones and incest?"

Writer:"Where? What the hell are those?"

Director:"Never mind, we really need one that's the point."

Writer:"Ok... ok... but women are weak you understand? Their gender doesn't have a single strong feature..."

3d-artist:"Wait guys, what if... no this is crazy..."

Director: "What? Speak up!"

3d-artist:"Well it's a game right? What if we just write a male character and I will make a female model for him, and we'll hire some voice-actress to voice it"

Writer:"This is genius! Men are strong, brave, heroic! They can save worlds and kick ass! They can do anything women can't, so a strong woman must be just like a man in all ways, that's the only option!"

Director:"Great idea lads, let's do it, it is truly the only way"

Granatar
Granatar

Well he/she is human or maybe a elf, but not a dwarf.  I like the art as it lets the imagination fly when looking at it.  That is the point, the hero of the story could be anyone.  

cyberwookie72
cyberwookie72

what happens when we all become gender neutral! How will the Human race survive? How will we reproduce?

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

Well, its clearly a guy so who cares. Ok more serious who gives a frag about the coverart? and are we really at a point where companies get cred for saying things like this..... thats just sad.




Sajius
Sajius

@Gamer-Geek  The breakdown and destruction of the traditional nuclear family. That is the end goal.

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

@DaCriLL  


I agreed with some of that, except for the final piece against anti-vaccine protesters. Those have been clinically proven harmful by independent researchers and can induce Autism in younger children. The same company who you're trusting your infant's health to GSK also was heading up the H1N1 vaccine which included raw pigs blood and mercury both of which are lethal to humans and extremely unsafe for human contact, let alone consumption. I'm not having a dig, please research these facts so that it is one more person who is aware of these dangers and you can then go on to spread this knowledge to other vulnerable persons.

Sajius
Sajius

@DaCriLL  I know your frustration, and agree with your viewpoint on society. Did you know vegans are actively killing their pets by trying to make their natural carnivorous pets into vegans now? Just add that to the pile of tolerance.

blindley
blindley

@pyosisified You're the one putting a political spin on this. Not the game developers. There is absolutely nothing political in showing a character from a position which makes their gender unclear.

Majd_Abdulqadir
Majd_Abdulqadir

@santinegreteNaked Gun ( one of my favorites btw ) is mild compared to some of the comedies today, and it's quite PC. They make fun of a very specific set of topics and make sure to stay away from any controversial issues. Family Guy is more edgy, but even that show never deviates from the do-and-don't of US comedy. 

Maybe the only US show I remember which deviated from that rule briefly was the office when B.J. Novak was at a party and made a very controversial remark. It was a good joke, sorry I can't find a link to it anywhere.

Granatar
Granatar

@alexey_kipnis  I think you miss the point.  it's not about PC, it's about making the game fit your imagination, not about saying the true cannon hero is a strong human female, but saying hay it's whoever I want it to be.  

Earl-of-Death
Earl-of-Death

@cyberwookie72 On the topic of the box art. I think it's neat that they made the hero ambiguous because the hero could be any gender of the playable races.

Earl-of-Death
Earl-of-Death

@cyberwookie72 Then we would reproduce in a similar manner as hermaphroditic worms. Strange but it's a possibility.

TheDarkNut
TheDarkNut

@Jacanuk Eddie credits all Tweets. Even those not worthy of being called news or even rumors.

DaCriLL
DaCriLL

@Gamer-Geek @DaCriLL  Please feel free to show me a viable peer-reviewed source that even sligthly indicates aconnection between vaccines and atuism, There are none.  It's all bullsh*t originating from an study performed by (former, guess why)doctor andrew wakefield 1998. You can read up on him and the whole debacle on wikipedia. Long story short, the study got canned, and he even lost his lincese because he was bias among other things.  


please research your own fact and also read the part about the blogger vs professor from my first comment, very true to this particular debate. 


The autism connection and all the other horro-storys that the anti-vaxxers use have been tested, over and over and over again without showing any connection between the vaccines and whatever myth thay decided to try out. it's simply not true.  


What is true however, is the dangers of the diseases are protecting us from. diseases wich thanks to the anti-vaccine-movment has come back. Thanks to these f**king idiots California had its worst whopping cough epedemic in 70 years.  Killing 120 people. ten of them infanst. 


Read up on reliable source, like Scientific Journals. Not f**king Jenny Mcarthy

DaCriLL
DaCriLL

@Sajius @DaCriLL  i dont know what's worse, what you just said or the fact that im not even a little suprised.

Sajius
Sajius

@blindley @pyosisified  Wrong. Bringing up or mentioning the fact that the character is "gender neutral" is what MAKES this have a political spin on it. 

alexey_kipnis
alexey_kipnis

@Granatar @alexey_kipnis no man, it's not about that, there are thousands of covers for video games, with men, women, white, black, asian, with multiple people on them or without people at all, whatever, but the fact that this cover is advertized as being "gender-neutral" by our notorious PC-crusaders Bioware that  makes me sick

cyberwookie72
cyberwookie72

@Earl-of-Death Cool, but I'm still wrapping my head around the hermathingy comment...lol. Kidding aside why not just make an option to play a female hero or a male hero? problem solved in my book.

blindley
blindley

@Sajius

"Isn't "gender-neutrality" and "create a character of any gender" the same thing according to what you're clearly implying?"

No, I have nowhere implied anything of the sort. The first time gender-neutral was mentioned in this comment thread (starting at pyosisified's original comment) was by you, claiming that mentioning the fact that the character was gender neutral was putting a political spin on it.

My response to YOUR comment was that YOU are the one putting the political spin on it (completely separate to the political spin pyosisified is putting on it).

Then, pyosisified responded to me:


"How is this not political? What relevance does it have if not?"

Perhaps I should have gotten clarification about what he meant by "this" in that context. But I assumed that it was still an accusation directed at the developers (since that was the case with his original post), either the creation of the box art, or the twitch response that mentions that it was intentional. My response to him was under that assumption.

So to reiterate, no. "gender-neutrality" is not the same thing as "create a character of any gender". Nowhere have I said or implied that.


"it's political because it was clearly meant to be politically charged. If it wasn't, the article would have been titled "..." (ridiculously long article title)

No. It would not have that title, because obviously that is too long to be an article title.



Sajius
Sajius

@blindley  Ah, wait a minute, what do you mean by "the idea of gender-neutrality"? Isn't "gender-neutrality" and "create a character of any gender" the same thing according to what you're clearly implying? You're contradicting yourself, and your argument is unraveling. 


it's political because it was clearly meant to be politically charged. If it wasn't, the article would have been titled "Box art shows a faceless hero looking away from the camera, which could be either male or female, depending on which you decide when creating your character". Which I understand is what the developers meant, however it was not how this article attempted to spin it. They attempted to spin it in a "politically correct" way.

blindley
blindley

@Sajius
Just because you're opposed to the idea of gender-neutrality, does not make any mention of it a political statement. Besides, the developer didn't even use that term, so if you think its mere usage is a political statement, then it is only one from the author of this article, not the developer. Read the twitter exchange, the dev was simply responding to a question. My comment was in response to pyosisified, who said:


"Since when did game developers become politicians?"

Sajius
Sajius

@blindley @pyosisified  "create a character of any gender" and "gender-neutral" are two totally different things and  have complete different meaning and you know it. Stop hiding behind technicalities. The author of the article knew exactly what they were doing when they titled it. In fact, look how short this "article" is. It was solely made to comment on this specifically with zero substance about the experience of the game in any way.

blindley
blindley

@pyosisified @blindley
political: adjective, of or relating to the government or the public affairs of a country.

All this is is Bioware trying to show a tiny aspect of their game. That aspect being that you can create a character of any gender. It's not a particularly remarkable aspect, but that's beside the point. It has nothing to do with politics, unless you think that having the option to choose the gender of your character in a video game is something the government should be concerned with.

blindley
blindley

@Sajius @blindley@pyosisified Wrong. Claiming that there is a political motivation behind bringing up the fact that a character is "gender neutral" is what makes YOU the one who is trying to put a political spin on this.

TheDarkNut
TheDarkNut

@cyberwookie72 @Earl-of-DeathI have the feeling you didnt understand the meaning by "Gender Neutral" in the headlines.


"why not just make an option to play a female hero or a male hero?"

That's basically it at the start of most RPGs, Bioware included.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@blindley The gd article states "ITS GENDER NEUTRAL ON PURPOSE".  Inserting political BS was the goal and it was successful.