New Dragon Age II DLC coming to Comic-Con 2011

BioWare showing off fresh add-on for March's role-playing game at next month's show in San Diego; further information not offered.

Though BioWare has confirmed it is already at work at Dragon Age III, the studio isn't ready to leave Dragon Age II behind.

Series developer BioWare today announced that it will attend the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con next month and that it's bringing never-before-seen Dragon Age II downloadable content with it. The show runs July 21-24 in San Diego.

Hawke's work is not yet over.

According to the statement on BioWare's website, gamers who visit BioWare's booth at the show will be able to get their hands on the to-be-named content for Dragon Age II. Unfortunately, further details--like a name or release date--were not mentioned.

Dragon Age II shipped on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in March, and it has gone on to ship over 2 million units. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review of Dragon Age II.

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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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Wensea10
Wensea10

this downloadable will further amplify dragon age ii's greatness

stonhengehill
stonhengehill

dragon age will fail if dont change the combat system

Evilnator
Evilnator

Crap is crap, even if you tie a pink ribbon to it.

wexorian
wexorian

Leave da 2 leave it i Hate Kirkwall too much to return for dlc.

valium88
valium88

Only things that was Dragon age in DA:2 was the ONE real dragon and the lore. Bioware, make a good game and not just fast money regarding the third installment please.

Falcon084
Falcon084

I will wait for it to come out on a disc, but I can't wait to see what its about!

mwmars
mwmars

This game was a confounding one for me.. played so much cleaner and looked better on my PS3 than the first one, but the story and narrative was all over the place. The dialogue wheel is a perfect example: while it makes conversation easier and more fluid, half the stuff I choose doesn't end up sounding like it was presented. I don't want to be minimized to nice, mean, or "smart a**" either. I kinda just wished the 1st one could be remade with the updated graphics and gameplay of the second.

BassPlayer2112
BassPlayer2112

Had fun with DA2...did not enjoy it as much as Origins...the scenery was repetative but I had a problem with my companions. I want choices. Why cant I make Aveline a two handed warrior ? I cant make Fenris a tank, sword and shield, or have Merrill heal Just my two cents...tell me a good story and let me decide what my companions do. Hope the DLC will give me more traveling buddies to choose from

eiji1
eiji1

@Kevin-V Y'think they can make a cohesive narrative this time?

l777l
l777l

Release a complete game and one or two add-ons, on disc.

coj04
coj04

give me a few new zones and i might try it.

majere613
majere613

@Evilnator : You know, I'd almost managed to forget the re-used dungeons somehow. Quite true- if this DLC re-uses those same locations yet again, that'll be an utter travesty.

esqueejy
esqueejy

I liked it for what it was and didn't hate it for what it wasn't. When I read that they'd decided to change it from DA:O into something different for the second one, I stopped expecting them to release a revamped and "better" version of the first and started looking at the second for whatever merits it had on its own. I didn't like it as much as the first, but it was a good stand-alone game in its own way. And look at it this way: there WERE improvements. Combat was more fluid and looked better, graphics were improved and I happened to like the MassEffect-like dialogue wheel and a voiced main character a little better. There are positives to be found. Even though I like DA:O better, DAII did indicate that if they go back to a more open-ended game with a larger game world, etc., they can recapture the magic of the first and even improve on it.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Wow could there possibly be someone wanting more DA II? Buy now and you get 3 dungeons! -A cave -The deep roads -A mansion Yep, that's right! The very same ones from the main quest and side quests!

majere613
majere613

I'm a little tired of the complaining about DA2. What Bioware realised pretty early on with it was that there's a point beyond which you can't keep spinning out one character's story without it getting silly- by the end of Awakenings your Warden could pretty much one-shot anything that wasn't a dragon; how are you going to make another 20-hour plus story around that character without having to cheat and hit the reset button on them? (Oh, hello Anders. Guess he was traumatised by the loss of his cat or something. Moving on.) What they did instead was make it the second game in the story of the Dragon Age, and on that basis it works fine. It's going to be interesting to see where they take DA3, and I quite agree that they need to restore the choice of race and broaden the setting a bit. As for this DLC, I just hope it's not some two-hour waste of HD space with one vaguely interesting boss that slots into the middle of the campaign. Let's see more of where the story is going. And of course, if it raids your imported save and lets Hawke meet the Warden, I expect a lot of the whiners to have immediate fangasms :)

dparadise
dparadise

Origins became a legend like Half-Life series but DA2 is not as successful as DA:Origins, it is not easy to carry on same success in a sequel.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@shaedar I was simply hoping for a story that felt like it was connected to the other (so a sequel more than an oversized expansion) where the story built on itself rather than chose to almost reset and leave the events of the previous game as just a voyage that felt out of place to the other two titles of series. I can see what you mean though, my main objection was that I couldn't continue it how I thought I could but also that features were cut like choosing your race. I didn't even need to have an import character function so long as I could still remake the dwarf I played and pretend it was a separate part of his life but I couldn't because race choice was cut obviously. I think we'll just have to disagree on it being a worthy successor. For me DA was a pretty decent RPG but it was the bioware touches such as being able to make your own decisions / conversation choices, picking what race / champ / class you were and the multiple openings that really made me like the game. Most of this was cut (champ and class selection wasn't but the other things were) and that simply left me feeling it wasn't the sequel to the game I played and didn't have the features I played it for really. I'm going to pay attention to if DA3 reintroduces what I liked about DA but for me personally DA2 wasn't what I wanted.

shaedar
shaedar

@digishah I get your point about replay value - I think there's about enough story in this one to merit two playthroughs, as opposed to 3+ for the first one, but overall, I actually found the combat to be LESS repetitive this time around, given the added variety of enemy classes and the greater variety of skill combos. OF COURSE, that all assumes that you bothered to jack the difficulty up to HARD so that the fights aren't a joke. It really becomes a COMPLETELY different game at that point. Also, I'm playing on PC, so it's much more tactical than the console versions.

digishah
digishah

@shaedar I disagree with you there...as a sequel it does suck and as a game in its own right it was kinda boring and repetitive for me....It has zero replay value for me...i finished the game and never wanted to look back...I don't think I'll be interested in this DLC whatsoever....unless it has something to do with MORRIGAN's baby XP.....

ADPowers
ADPowers

@ shaedar I totally agree with you

shkar
shkar

Ouch !!! There are too many great games nowadays that I have exchanged my DAII copy with another game like 2 months ago so no time for DLC s ........

Archzen19
Archzen19

I would definitely get it .... If only it consisted a video by the developer apologizing for how bad DA2 was.

shaedar
shaedar

@Sigil-otaku It sounds like your main objection to DA2 is that it wasn't an oversized expansion to DA:O. After ME1+2, I can see your objection, but I think there's room for other kinds of sequels - just look at Elder Scrolls, Final Fantasy, Fallout, etc. Also, for the record, over half of the DA2 party members have a connection to the first game or its DLC (2 were even playable characters), and almost half of the original party members make cameos, along with a whole slew of supporting characters, so it's considerably more than just Flemeth who returns. All in all, is DA2 as good as DA:O? Maybe not quite. But it's still a pretty solid game in it's own right, and a worthy successor in my opinion.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

DLC for DA2, well that'll be hard to even consider with the fact the game was so horrible that I myself (a big fan of Bioware and the original Dragon Age) who was willing to buy the first day one and appreciate it's good points and bad points thought that DA2 was never going to be worth the purchase. I wouldn't play it if I got the game for free, honestly. Last DA I played a dwarf warrior who I got quite attached to and considering ME2 let me import my character I was quite excited to do that only to find out I have to be a human who I have never seen before. Okay so now I feel the series has a disconnect because it's DA2 but it has nothing to do with my DA1 game, okay rope me in somehow Bioware. No, I don't think I like that you stopped me picking my race but surely old characters return? Oh okay only flemeth does. Surely I'll be able to see some connection in the story though? Okay nothing to do with the old one at all barely. Why is this called DA2 again?

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

@ TheGreatmars No personal attack intended. I rather agree with you on the point of an expansion verus 2 hour DLC. The DLC with "fluff" items (5$ for new outfits/items) add insult to injury. I've been called a "troll" for disliking DA2 immensely and I've had my reasons disected by those who think contrarily and twisted my words and reasoning like a politician on speed. Yet all the word twisting (and I am not talking about you personally) cannot improve my feeling that this game is not on par with BioWare's quality reputation. I speak from the heart for my personal opinion on the game based on personal exprience from BioWare titles previous as well as being a gamer since the days of Pong. I've been a BioWare fan since they started. DA2, with its marketing tactics, simplified everything, corner cutting, lack of environments, a drop in storytelling quality, more "flash-than-substance", and paid DLC for items/outfits instead of a simple expansion pack or two that really add more than a few hours to the game feel like a punch to the gut from a trusted friend. That unapologetic "punch to the gut from a trusted friend" is why there is still bad feelings 3 months later...and you will continue to see it until they admit that they did their greatest fans wrong. You won't see that hatred 3 months later from other dissapointed fans on other titles (well...maybe DNF...but I was expecting it to not be up to snuff...). Well all that and Flemeth looking like a GILFy Rita Repulsa from the Power Rangers...speaking of the Power Rangers the combat animations did bring them to mind...

TheGreatmars
TheGreatmars

@Poodlejumper i think you are talking about me right :D, no? well what i meant by childish is saying DA2 is garbage sucks etc but saying dragon age is short like what you said is not childish. actually i am sad too cause even though i enjoyed 2 playthroughs mage and archer i can see how much this game could have been improved and polished. on the other hand i totally prefer one chunk as an expansion over a few 2 hour DLCs besides i never buy DLCs that involve few items so i am clearly not going to buy this DLC unless it is story related but my guess is IT IS story related because it will look stupid if they showcase some items in comic-con and it will make them look more greedy. @steveguttenberg i agree but at the same time the can complain about a complain and if you don't like it don't read it :) JK, so here i complained about a complaion about a complain about a complain xp i think i commented too much, 4 posts!! this is a personal record :)

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Complaining isn't necessarily pointless. Sometimes the point of complaining isn't to change minds or policy, it's to vent anger. Sometimes people take comfort reading that others share their frustration.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

It would have to be some substantive material for me to consider purchase. They would also have to take the story somewhere new and get away from the four reused environments every quest takes place in.

Veronity
Veronity

No thanks i didnt even finish this Fedex Age 2...

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

If this makes them money, I guess it just proves P.T. Barnum was right. Only BioWare game I had to force myself to finish and only played once. Shorter than Jade Empire and with none of the TLC that made it great...just DLC that mostly should have been in the game in the first place to make EA money from an inferior product from a superior developer. Typing that doesn't make me happy...but it's true and hardly "childish" as one person below seems to think that stating the obvious is. Damn I really miss the greatness they are capable of when they did Baldur's Gate series... I'm not giving up on them but I'm not cutting them any slack either. I know what they are capable of: Greatness. DA2 is not "Greatness" by any stretch of the imagination.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

While DA2 wasn't as soul-crushingly awful as some would have you believe, it's hard to imagine anyone liking the game enough to want DLC for it. Lord knows they've waited long enough... my copy is already buried on a shelf somewhere to collect dust and by the time the DLC drops, I won't remember a thing about the game or where I was. I'd cut my losses and save the resources to ensure DA3 puts the brand back into a good light.

pszone
pszone

mass effect dlc story will work always wont work for da2. Dragon Age series has its time for dlc not any more so its a pass for me on this

wexorian
wexorian

agree they could waste time on expansion than dlc wich one will be OFF story "filler" or ingame story not after final. and that will suck deffinetly becaiusereplayng Da2 for dlc won't work for me like it worked on mass effect 2 :)

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Companies should bin DLC and go back to expansion packs. That way they'd have to release decent add-on's instead of releasing little bits of DLC and charging too much for it.

giogos
giogos

@Angel_Grigorov , I think DLCs are getting more and more expensive and they take content from the game that could be free. Although I totally disagree with DLCs (thats why I like blizz games so much), I think if its so necessary to put them at least they should get the prize of the game lower or else dont expect from gamers to be loyal and Not download for free the games.

jollybest1
jollybest1

you are right, but here we post our opinions

Angel_Grigorov
Angel_Grigorov

You do realise that if you don't want DLCs you don't have to buy DLCs. Add-ons are for those who like the game. I can't see the point of haters complaining all the time about it. Noone needs this "i told you they are gonna milk it..." sh*t. And btw if you think the game is garbage just give it away to someone who likes it

jollybest1
jollybest1

bah it was predictable, milk it EA milk that garbage (note that CDPR released all of the dlc for free because some had problems with the game).......game of the year edition ????? loooooooooool DA 2 geting goty edition , if it gets that title i am going to leave gaming and start being a satan worshiper.....SHAME bohhohoo i couldn't finish that thing of a game because i WAS starting to YAWN ....if this dlc will be in the same place as the game or every other quest (yes the quest are done in the same places over and over and over and over .....again....see i am starting to YAWN ) it will be funny as hell , go back to your roots Bioware make a true RPG not a "Yawning thing"

Kevin75
Kevin75

I"m still getting this for the record. I was just pointing out that EA is going to milk this game for all it is worth before releasing a Game of the Year or collectors edition of the game which will have all the DLC for a cheaper price like the last game did.

archav3n
archav3n

I can't believe EAWare is not ashamed in milking more $$ from the fans with this garbage.. DLC should be free in the first place.

Caldrin
Caldrin

right so i guess what this DLC will do is scrap the game and give it what we should have had to start with ?

LokiHero
LokiHero

You never know, it could be something revolutionary almost like a small expansion that adds much-needed depth to the game. Or, you know, it could just be two hours of content for which your reward is hats.

spector000
spector000

Good luck selling DLC for a failed experiment...

Kevin75
Kevin75

And who didn't see EA beating this dead horse for all it was worth?

TheGreatmars
TheGreatmars

@lsw3638 i am not sure what inventory removal but i think you are talking about ME2 right?? cause DA2 had an inventory... useless and the drops are severely programed specially outfits but still it exists... map repetition is a known flow to every one that even bioware developers admitted in one of the interviews that they didn't do a good job in this aspect. there is 3 main quests but they needed more overlap between chapters with more emphasis on the "rise to power" which is supposed to be the global thing or get you more involved with the mages vs templars conflict. as you said they want to make money and part of making money is producing a good product and i agree they shouldn't get away with it and clearly word of mouth made DA2 sell less than DAO in the long run but people that were convinced to not buy the game were told this game lacks 1,2,3 not "this game sucks don't buy it"... i guess.

lsw3638
lsw3638

@TheGreatmars some of recent changes in their games would clearly show how they weigh their fan's opinion. Deliberate removal of inventory, character customization, overuse of map repetition, absense of real main quest theme... clearly they think they can get away with all these but, fortunately mass noticed the apparent flaws and responded rather well with right amount of criticism, I think. Then how much criticism is proper for dev who deliberately abandon/ exploit fanbase? Think reason 2 explains it well..till they know and act on it or they will be another minor activision most definitely. Given their motive as a money maker, they will clearly care less about gamer's opinion than many think, cos they only care sales record, so I think it's also fine to see some occasional "childish bash" from time to time...........................

TheGreatmars
TheGreatmars

@lsw3638 i am giving bioware a second chance because i feel that they have always listened to there fans (tali being a romance option) and because there strategy have always been about customer satisfaction.(maybe they change it IDK xp) i don't mind anyone criticising DA2 as long as it is constructive showing what they should improve in the next one but just saying "DA2 sucks...etc" is childish.

TheGreatmars
TheGreatmars

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qUaRaNt1n3
qUaRaNt1n3

it seems kinda late to come out with DLC's for this... as much as i loooooooooooved the game and beat it 3 times over i cant see myself paying for something now that i haven't really been into anymore...