How is Dragon Age: Inquisition shaping up?

BioWare says game has "come a long way" in the last three months.

BioWare executive producer Mark Darrah today penned a detailed blog post regarding the status of the studio's long-in-development role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition, saying it has "come a long way" since the company last showed it at PAX Prime in August.

Darrah also explained that BioWare has created a "Holiday Build" for the game, that is, a build of the game that staffers can play over holiday break. This build is "as complete as possible" and features the full storyline completely playable from beginning to end.

The Dragon Age: Inquisition Holiday Build also features all gameplay systems working together and some voiceover and music. The build also aims to make sure every class feels distinctive and has technology systems in place, like a tarnish shader.

The build also includes advancements to in-game content like trees, dead creatures, faces, and indoor and outdoor game zones, which are very important for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Darrah said.

"Areas form a huge part of the content in Dragon Age: Inquisition. It is very important to me that the game cover a large variety of locations," Darrah said. "Not only does it expand the possibilities of our storytelling, it also gives us an opportunity to show a lot of different things. In a game that places a lot of emphasis on discovery, this is very crucial."

Dragon Age: Inquisition runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, the technology also behind upcoming games Battlefield 4and Need for Speed: Rivals. The role-playing game was recently delayed one year. It is now due out in fall 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.

For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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243 comments
Genghis_Sean
Genghis_Sean

I couldn't even get halfway through DA2 before I quit in boredom.  What made DAO so unique was the incredible writing.  Graphics, fancy action sequences, and combat can't replace story and character.  Almost every game of this style has the first three, but few are able to create a world that can actually transport the gamer there as DAO did.  I hope they are remembering that as they build this game.  My decision on whether or not to buy it hinges totally on that single question.

neverenoughpl
neverenoughpl

Looks promising. I liked Origins very much. 

DA:I and Witcher 3 both big open-world games I will have to face. Probably I will need to quit my job to gain free time...

t1striker
t1striker

I'm just happy they are moving more towards DAO than DA2, even though imo DA2 wasn't as bad as people make it out to be, especially given the small development time they had. It is definitely weak compared to DAO(imo 2nd best Bioware game ever made(behind Baldurs Gate 2)) though.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I am hoping it is better than DAO.  The game was good, but they can do a lot better.  Bigger environments and better graphics are givens, but I'm also hoping for deeper character customization and more interesting combat.

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

I now have some hope for this series again.


Please, make it like Dragon Age Origins.

Albaficas
Albaficas

since what they showed at pax i have faith again for this franchise

dragon age inquisition looks epic,cant wait

zenstrata
zenstrata

oh my god!  it has a tarnish shader!  I'm so excited!....   

Wait, what is a tarnish shader anyway?

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

I honestly can't wait for this game to come out. Of all the new games announced to come out for the next gen this is the only one I have seen that will actually get me to make the move to the new systems.

lordtidus12
lordtidus12

if it's the same pos that dragon age 2 was then no thanks...
if it's more like dragon age origins then i will be happy.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Looking forward to slaying darkspawn with my dwarf and elf protagonists characters again!

Tzardok
Tzardok

I am scared to be excited about this game. I don't wan't another disappointment. But I am really liking what I have seen and read about this game so far. 


They have the skills to pull off another Origins with the things they got right from DA2. DA2 had a few things going for them, I preferred the warrior combat from 2 over Origins, I also prefer the talking protagonist over the mute mule, it breaks immersion for me when my character is not actively talking and just being tossed around in a conversation looking like he doesn't understand whats going on. Things like that. 


Overall I did prefer Origins, choices had weight and there was a lot of variety compared to DA2. Its important to note that while DA2 was a disappointment, extremely receptive scenarios for one, the game is not extremely bad compared to others in the same genre, its just extremely bad compared to the awesome origins before it.


My two cents.

GameGazersDen
GameGazersDen

Looks good, BioWare has screwed up we all know but don't forget, these guys truly care about the gaming community. Yes they have made mistakes along the way. question is do they learn from the mistakes they have made?

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

And we all know how well we can trust the corpse marionette "BioWare", right guys and gals?!?!?!

iskaroth
iskaroth

DA2 owners should get DA3 for free. 

Ardus
Ardus

After Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3's ending, and turning KotOR into a goddamn MMO, Bioware has a lot to make up for with this game.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Despite all the issues with BF4 (mostly due to the tight launch window, multiple platform releases, etc.), the one thing that continues to really impress me is the visuals.  I like that DICE's Frostbite engine seems so developer-friendly, and that it seems capable of doing so many different kinds of games.  Hoping DA: Inquisition turns out well, especially after the disappointing second game.

renegator1
renegator1

This looks great!  Not sure how much of the video was cut scenes, but the production values were top shelf. And you can see that the devs are psyched about this; they look like intelligent and motivated people who are into what they are doing. I see no reason to believe that they did not learn from DA2 feedback. They have said they were listening to fans' reactions and it looks like they have. Personally, I prefer to assume the best here. It sounds and looks like they are developing a kick ass game. The RPG scene has been a bit dry lately, so this will be a very welcome addition. And it will definitely make me by a PS4.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

The game is sounding good in my opinion. I've been following several of the Bioware team on Twitter and they've been talking about some interesting stuff.

pboontap
pboontap

i'm taking a very skeptical approach with anything bioware related these days. after seeing the progression of the mass effect series from a very bioware-ish game to battlefield in space, the downright ruining of dragon age, and the epic swing-and-a-miss that was TOR, i'm not hopeful they can ever return to the glory days of the good doctors

SicoWolf
SicoWolf

The hyperbole and melodramatic predictions about Dragon Age and BioWare as a whole in these comments are quite entertaining, I gotta say.

So looking forward to this game. The ~25 minutes of footage they showed in August was drop dead gorgeous. I can't decide whether I'm looking forward to this or the third installment of Witcher more.

Aleksanian
Aleksanian

so the game is all ready to be released next fall? This is good news as it will give the staff plenty of time for debugging, tweaking and adding features. :) This might well be the crowning jewel of Bioware. They really do need to release a masterpiece at this point after TOR, ME3 and DA2. I really hope DAI ends up being a great game. This along with Witcher 3 is going to make 2014 a great year for RPG gamers :) Also, don't forget project Eternity and Stick of Truth :)

Riterdando
Riterdando

An article written on 19th December is talking about "upcoming game Battlefield 4"?! Copy-paste much?

atakanovic
atakanovic

Lol so many stupid haters here, If you hate Bioware and their games so much, don't read articles about them. This game will be 2014 GOTY. Haters can suck it.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

And now we wait for the inevitable leaked footage :)

rhinemaiden
rhinemaiden

@zenstratashaders help with detail making them more clear so they detailed lands, water, etc better. shaders have made pc games nicer. too bad the nice nvidia cards cost arms and legs :()

Tzardok
Tzardok

@GameGazersDen Interesting remark, you made me think about the Bioware gaming community. Its really sad/irony that Bioware does care about their gaming community, but their community is extremely hostile towards them. I would rank Bioware's community at a very close second place on the worst gaming communities (people wise). Losing to League of Legends only. Of course this remark of mine understands that there are a lot of great people in both groups, its just that the rotten apples are so loud in both of them, sadly.

t1striker
t1striker

@Poodlejumper Every Bioware game I've played I have liked(yes even DA2, never played that Sonic game though), they have had some shortcomings in some games, but overall every one of their games that I have played(every game since BG, aside from Sonic) have been at the very least quite good(I repeat I have not played that Sonic game) imo.


So as you can gather, I firmly trust Bioware today, and from what I've seen of DA:I thus far I doubt I'll be disappointed.


EDIT: I haven't played the KOTOR MMO either.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@Ardus Well, DA 2 had some interesting improvements, and aside from Mass Effect 3's ending the rest was pretty stellar. When it comes to the Old Republic, well.. it was an mmo, not a KotOR game like everyone wanted, but the important thing was that it was a good game by itself if you somehow are capable of realizing that it's not KotOR 3.

yoyoyoyofosho
yoyoyoyofosho

@pboontap This is an essence the truth.  It seems BioWare's attempt to add on to the original story they make removes depth or core values from their original concept.  Mass Effect or Dragon Age Origins for instance.  While DAO was sort of like a Balder's Gate experience, DA2 completely lost that appeal.  KOTOR Online is also a slap in the face to anyone that simply wanted KOTOR 3, a unique Star Wars RPG experience as the first two.


To me it seems they have lost their touch since Balder's Gate 1 and 2.

Rammone4
Rammone4

@pboontap You know, I hate to say it but I share your point of view. I still have DAO, and I have "never finished it" because if of the memory-leak issues (even after upgrading machines). I really love the franchise - DAO has that gritty-RPG style I love, so I want this game to do well, but I have seen so many games become desolate IPs because of them.


For me, it seems the "Jade Empire" days, and the "KOTOR" days are long gone... 


StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@SicoWolf You can't use big words like hyperbole and melodramatic with some of the people that comment on here, gotta tone it down.

RS13
RS13

@Aleksanian Yeah, after TOR, ME3 and DA2 I'm not expecting a crowning Jewel.  

saadomar
saadomar

@Aleksanian OR EA might make bioware work on some day one DLC that they can charge a boatload of money for. Sound familiar? 

Cowbie
Cowbie

@atakanovic I thought the same of Dragon Age 2 before it came out. We all saw how that panned out. I'll wait for the reviews this time.

Rikuide_Furame
Rikuide_Furame

@M3o5nster There's already leaked footage (about 30 mins) on Youtube from a few months back. Looks good so far but I want to see a proper leveling system ala DA:O.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@Tzardok @GameGazersDen Yeah I found it an odd comment as well. Remember that woman that received a ton of death threats a while back from Bioware fans? Yeah...


Obviously a few can't be representative of the many, but I've met more people that get angry at the mention of DA 2 and ME 3 (ending) than I care to, and it's very sad.

t1striker
t1striker

@Rikuide_Furame @M3o5nster Well that footage wasn't really leaked footage it was shown to the public, and sure it wasn't exactly an official trailer, but I wouldn't call it leaked.