BioWare and EA open up free-to-play browser-based game to all members of social networking site, offer Dragon Age II in-game items for completing quests.
Dragon Age is the latest franchise to make the free-to-play jump, as Electronic Arts today announced that Dragon Age Legends is now playable on Facebook for all of the social platform's users worldwide. Billed as a collaboration between EA's BioWare studio and its free-to-play development house EA2D, Dragon Age Legends brings turn-based combat to the fantasy series' swords-and-sorcery setting.
In the game, players can enlist the aid of their Facebook friends to work through a storyline's worth of quests, upgrade characters, and build their kingdoms. As an added incentive for fans of the franchise, players can earn exclusive unlockable items for use in Dragon Age II by completing specific quests in Dragon Age Legends.
Dragon Age Legends is just the latest effort in Electronic Arts' ongoing campaign to carve out a presence in the free-to-play market. In 2009, the publisher acquired Facebook developer Playfish for $275 million, and the company has also invested in adapting franchises like Battlefield, Need for Speed, FIFA, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour to microtransaction-based stand-alone PC games.
For more on Dragon Age Legends' source material, check out GameSpot's review of the recently released Dragon Age II.
It's the best Facebook game I've ever played. That's not saying much. . . but hey, unlockables in the actually good game is cool.
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They should've just done something like what they did with the first one. That old flash game, forget what its called. Hate facebook, but i played this game just to check it out, i still wish it was like that old flash game where i could move around and stuff, not some flash game of final fantasy, or whatever.
I hate facebook, i'm just not that social, (don't play online either, that's why i like rpg's) still i like this game, only thing a dislike is that they want to make a buck out of it, almost 100 dollars for 6000 crowns, really??? I refuse to pay for this, so i'm stuck doing a couple of battles per day, i'll finish dragon age 2 before i get all the unlockable stuff at this rate. Then again no one is forcing me to play this, but it's still a shame i can't finish this in one or two go's
I never like facebook's games....too casual (except for scrabble)... but since it's dragon age... I may take a peek...and see what will happen
@PixelAddict The Facebook Assassin's Creed is actually pretty good. It's not meant to be a direct translation of the game to Facebook, but more like a companion piece.
I love the game except for the fact you have to wait 2 hours for your companions to heal, i wish they'd take it off or at least lower the time.
Yikes! I heard there was a Facebook version of Assassin's Creed, and have been avoiding it. And now this. Double yikes!
@nixtd It's actually pretty easy to unlock the DAII items without paying for anything. The only annoying thing about it is waiting for the cooldown period for your companions, but even with that, it took me about 2 days with the default characters to unlock the 4 DAII items they have available so far.
heh funny to see how social networks make people antisocial keep up the good work (these kind of games make people even more addictive .... )
Great. Yet another 'game' my mom and all her middle-aged friends are going to want me to play with them.
I played the BETA and loved it up until I had to wait 2 hours to use a companion again. This game forces you to enlist other FB users to play with you. Now, I am a social person but I don't have many friends who play Dragon Age (everyone is into FPS) or let alone would play Legends. I wish I could play this game on my own. The cooldown periods are a pain.
@alanthreonus - lol your entire comment makes no sense, you are doing exactly the same by saying it'll be a decent game after only playing the tutorial anyway, facebook games suck, doesn't matter who makes em.
ive been playin through the different betas they have and its pretty cool game for a facebook app. The whole microtransaction thing they have is garbage...way overpriced IMO. but for free play its not bad
DA2 was a great game, but its story was extremely disappointing. This Facebook game, too, will somehow manage to disappoint me.
Don't be so quick to judge, The_MaiN_MeNu. I've only played through the tutorial so far, but it seems like it'll be a decent game.
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