Qunari will be playable race in Dragon Age: Inquisition

BioWare reveals new playable race for upcoming role-playing game, says the title is "largest game we have ever made"; tactical mode returning for consoles and PC.

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The Qunari will be a playable race in Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare announced today during a PAX Prime presentation in Seattle, Washington.

The original Dragon Age: Origins allowed players to create a character from a range of races. Its sequel, Dragon Age II, forced players into the role of a human named Hawke.

Both male and female Qunari options will be available to players, BioWare said. The developer confirmed earlier this month that multiple playable races would be featured the upcoming game.

Also during the panel, executive producer Mark Darrah said Dragon Age: Inquisition represents the "largest game we have ever made."

Also during the panel, BioWare revealed players will be able to command their party through a top-down perspective on consoles and PC via "Tactical" mode, which was featured in the original Dragon Age. Gamers can switch between this view and third-person over-the-shoulder whenever they want.

Dragon Age: Inquisition runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, the technology also behind upcoming games Battlefield 4 and 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.

Electronic Arts recently explained that its decision to drop the "III" from the game's title was for both marketing and story purposes.

Discussion

198 comments
yoyoyoyofosho
yoyoyoyofosho

QuNari will be playable....with... drum roll, payable DLC, buy yours today!

isshiah
isshiah

I wonder if all 8 variations of character will have their own voice? A human woman should sound different to a qunari woman. Also, I thought the qun gave more scholarly social positions to women? Unless she is tal vashoth...oh so a romance with the iron bull would be interesting.

l777l
l777l

Questionable. It's unlikely that such a number of diverse characters is voiced and integrated well. The inclusion of female Qunari appears strange.

Yomeidient
Yomeidient

I thought Qunari was based off of the muslims, in which that you could be Qunari by practicing the religion, not having to bethat particular race with the horns.

alwin8695
alwin8695

am I the only one here that thinks that DA II is quite good?

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

Delayed a year so they could figure out ways to make the game Free-to-play and suck more cash out of people... We're probably going to have to BUY the difference races. >.>

Ibeik
Ibeik

Wow....Qunari are very different from Human's Elves and Dwarves.  I'm curious to see how they do this.  I hope it means that the other character races will be unique story wise.  Really hope they don't chicken out and give everyone the same voice actor.

loneygod
loneygod

People hate Dragon Age 2 a tad bit too much. It was an enjoyable game with an enjoyable story line. Oh bitch bitch bitch

dustinbrown889
dustinbrown889

I think by what he meant by largest game is largest game FOR THE DRAGON AGE TEAM not bioware in general

adamdiran
adamdiran

Largest game they've ever made?  Thati is a really impressive lie, or says something sad about the StarWars MMO

vadagar1
vadagar1

tactical combat options for console..!!!

why so they can figure out which of the 3 buttons to push : /


honestly, tactical, deep, engaging are words that can't be used with console in the same god damn sentence 

toyo75
toyo75

Dragon Age series reminds me a little bit of the classic PS2 game series, Summoner in a way that both games are action RPGs wherein you form and control a group made up of 3 or more characters each with their own distinct skills. Summoner's world also has different races living in it the way Dragon Age does.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

DargonSky AgeRim 3: The Witchening-er

alef321
alef321

needs next gen hardware to make current gen game lol

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

Witcher 3 is going to destroy this game... Haha Yes, I went there.  :P

RossRichard
RossRichard

Also during the panel, executive producer Mark Darrah said Dragon Age: Inquisition represents the "largest game we have ever made."  

Larger than SWTOR?

humanoid_K
humanoid_K

Finally, those are good news for me. Dragon Age should stay way from the problems DA2 had. That ruined DA2 IMO.

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

The "inquisition" is still up for dragon age 2.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

oooh...I so want to like it, but I am oh so cautious and will watch out for it on YouTube before I decide one way or the other.  

onemeg
onemeg

"Tactical mode" like DAO, YAY!

electron-1
electron-1

I want original qunari.
That horned 
qunari remind me of DA 2

infernalord4
infernalord4

@alwin8695 

The biggest problem with DA2 is the 2 in the title lol.

It had big problems with it but I would have to say its biggest problem was that people wanted a remake of DA:O, I realised this on my 2nd playthrough.

Now i must admit i preferred or DA:O to 2, part of the reason is cos 2 was rushed, which we can tale from re used environments and a city that doesn't change. The enemies jumping out of nowhere i think was due to this as well i think.

So the first problem was feeling of laziness, the 2nd was the fact that our character was advertised as a hero, but he wasn't. I however get the feeling this was intended, while our character was made a hero by the people he could change anything, only mitigate the damage a little bit, he felt like a normal person dropped into shoes he couldn't fill, and you know if that is what they were going for i like the premise but most fans wouldnt.

The 3rd problem is that the game is too linear for a bioware game, but too non-linear to get what they were going for. If i had been then i would of cut out all the sidequests excluding the companion ones, then add a lot more of quests around the important acts like the rising tensions leading to the conflicts, and also increase companion side quests.

So while i say there are 3 problems with DA2 i feel two of them are due to the fan base, though i must say i still enjoyed DA2 and when not viewed as a sequel to the first game but a seperate kind of story i enjoyed it a lot more.

neroangelo1986
neroangelo1986

@alwin8695with the exception of the level repetition it was quite good.if you play the dlc you could see how good the game could be with more level diversity =)

iCruze
iCruze

@alwin8695 Its good as a stand alone game and yes i also enjoyed it. But compared to DA:O its a somewhat dissapointment. They spent alot of time working on DA:O and then released DA2 in just a year changind basically everything. The dissapointing stuff for me was that the level of customization that is present in all major bioware games was gone. You were even forced into a premade character (for comparison im gonna say that DA:O had different game beginnings for different races and classes). Yes ME2 was also "simplified" compared to ME1 but they kept the story rolling there but in DA2 it was almost ALL NEW. Thats why its a dissapointment to the DA series but nevertheless a decent game if you consider it standalone and forget that its connected to DA:O.

roman4545
roman4545

@alwin8695 +1  i find it good too..  compare this game to other bad game is no competition. But these so-called fans are pissed about it just because the game is very different than DA:O

ronnet
ronnet

@loneygod To each their own. I didn't like it at all. The repetitiveness of the gameplay and the environments really got on my nerves. It's the only Boware game I've only played once. And even that I had to rush because it was getting too boring.


Having said that this one looks much better. I won't make the mistake to buy this on day 1. But I'll give Bioware the benefit of the doubt. I do owe a lot of great gaming experiences to them.

Veladus
Veladus

@adamdiran If ME3 taught us anything, it's that Bioware isn't afraid to tell blatant, bald-faced lies.

roman4545
roman4545

@Accuracy158 pshttt.. Dark Souls 2 will turn Witcher 3 into dust !  Witcher games are not tough enough for hardcore gamers.

Dark Souls FTW !

roman4545
roman4545

@electron-1ehh.. i  prefer the horned one... more badass looking.. i mean have you see the CGI clip ?

yoyoyoyofosho
yoyoyoyofosho

@infernalord4@alwin8695DAO also had way more depth and felt more gritty, rather than the cartoon color book of DA2.  I also liked the more hardcore menu style of DAO.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

@roman4545 Is it wrong for a fan to expect the standards of a game series to remain consistent? Or do you think it's perfectly fine that we just accept whatever we're dished out even if it means the quality of a product continues to drop?

Dragon Age 2 use recycled locations, dropped race and back-story selection, dumbed down the combat system and made party gear customization basically obsolete.

In my opinion, if players just accept a drop in quality with no second thoughts, they're giving devs more reason to let things slide even further. High expectations are what lead to better quality titles.

-esw-dragoon_77
-esw-dragoon_77

@TenraiSenshi @roman4545 Like it or not, game developers are for-profit companies.  Their priority is to put out a game that will reach the widest audience. 

I played Origins straight through twice and I loved it.  I also played DA2 twice and, while I questioned some of the changes they made, I still found it thoroughly enjoyable.  Whether you hated it or loved it, the fact remains that the simplified game mechanics made the game more accessible to "less hardcore" gamers, achieving the wider audience Bioware was aiming for.  This may have also gotten some of the new audience interested in the franchise and go back to check out DA:O.  Mission accomplished.