BioWare Producer Asks If You'd Play a Dragon Age "Tactics" Game

Something similar to XCOM or Fire Emblem, Mark Darrah says.

252 Comments

Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah has a question for you: "Would you play a Dragon Age Tactics game?" He's launched a Twitter poll asking fans to weigh in. Something to note here is that by "tactics" he says he means something along the lines of tactical franchises like XCOM or Fire Emblem.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy


Your options are "Yes," "No," "Only on PC," and "Only mobile/handheld." Voting closes later today, so if you want your voice heard, now is the time to submit your response.

There is no guarantee that BioWare will indeed make a turn-based Dragon Age tactics game, of course, but it's still interesting to think about.

Darrah also clarified that if this game were to happen, it would not replace the mainline Dragon Age series, something fans will probably enjoy hearing.

This would also be a "full game," he mentioned.

Like the first Dragon Age, 2014's Dragon Age Inquisition allowed you to play from a top-down view for some portions, which amounted to something of a more tactical experience.

Inquisition is the latest entry in the main series; no new games have been announced.

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 252 comments about this story
252 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for DraconisRex
DraconisRex

163

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

No, they'd screw it up. Have Day 1 DLC. Add MMO-like features to pad it plus hundreds of meaningless side-quests. And, of course, pad it with poorly thought-out relationships and clumsily executed 'bedroom' scenes.

6 • 
Avatar image for velcroboy
velcroboy

314

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 40

User Lists: 0

Dragon Age is dead to me.

3 • 
Avatar image for TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

189

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

I would like a Dragon Age game with better twitch/combat controls.

(Braces for impact from Dragon Age "purists")

Upvote • 
Avatar image for RS13
RS13

1135

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@TruthSerum808:I don't think the problem is that DA is too actiony, it's that it's a bad combination of actiony and tactical. IMO, they should go all-out one direction or the other. Ditch any semblance of mass effect appeal and go full turn-based or ditch any old-school rpg appeal and go full action game.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for beniboybling
Beniboybling

57

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Edited By Beniboybling

More games like Fire Emblem would be great.

2 • 
Avatar image for BigFeef
BigFeef

302

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 29

User Lists: 0

Edited By BigFeef

I'd play a Dragon Age tactics game if it was good; but that's probably not going to happen with this current iteration of Bioware that has EA's filthy hands all over it. Origins was a very tactical game until they decided that it needed more action to spice it up and then completely ruined the combat in the next game of the series. If it wasn't for the story, the best in the series so far, Dragon Age 2 would have been a disaster. Inquisition tried to go back to Origin's tactical roots but it felt slapped on and, in most cases, was completely useless.

That they're asking this question in the first place, and the options they gave for their poll, indicates where this is headed: A Dragon Age spin-off series that's fully tactical instead of integrating tactics into combat like they did with Origins. But nah; gotta have that flashy button-mashing combat nowadays or the game won't be good... in the minds of EA at any rate.

2 • 
Avatar image for placksheep
placksheep

365

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 12

User Lists: 0

@BigFeef: I 100% agree on this one. Inquisition was laughably easy, and the tactical depth was akin to a kiddie pool. I loved that you could edit the AI in Origins. Companion characters are too dumb and I'd like to be able to play a party-based RPG where I could make them useful without having to explicitly tell them what to do/ pause every other second.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for mogan
Mogan

14147

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Edited By Mogan  Moderator

@BigFeef: For all it's many failings I actually found DAII more tactically satisfying than Origins was because of the more interesting skill trees and the cross-class combos. DAII was more difficult to control, for sure, since it was lacking the overhead tactical camera, but Origins tactics, even on Nightmare, tended to begin and end at: Put the fighter in the front so the mage can destroy everything in peace.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for luert
luert

440

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

inquisition was just fine to me, won't even try harder mode than the hard one because overall it's enough challenging, the dragon fights are quite the thing and even without those there are other really hard fight in the expansion, the main story fights aren't that hard but that's how it's suppost to be generally to let things go smooth, so I wouldn't play a turn based dragon age

2 • 
Avatar image for ExoticCharm
ExoticCharm

836

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I always felt the series was tactical enough as is.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for archav3n
archav3n

562

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

@ExoticCharm: inquisition is very plain boring in terms of combat.

3 • 
Avatar image for mogan
Mogan

14147

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Mogan  Moderator

@archav3n: The AI is abysmal, and the game isn't really built to completely control all four characters, and those are both real bummers, but I think Inquisition's combat is better than Origins', and would have been better than DAII's if only they'd kept the AI tactics options and allowed you to queue up orders.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

3862

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 139

User Lists: 0

In essence, how Dragon Age Origin(ally)s was? YES.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for alldaelong
alldaelong

167

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

I touch nothing EA

Upvote • 
Avatar image for RS13
RS13

1135

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@alldaelong: I buy nothing EA. But that's what piracy is for!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for mezzanine58
Mezzanine58

309

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@alldaelong: Well isn't that nice? Now you go play over there while the grown-ups talk.

2 • 
Avatar image for iammcgruber
IAmMcGruber

1451

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

@alldaelong: Sucks to be you

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Sgt-Damain
Sgt-Damain

1846

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Edited By Sgt-Damain

If Bioware understood anything about tactics, sure. But the "mash the X button and watch something awesomehappen" guys probably aren't up to the task.

7 • 
Avatar image for archav3n
archav3n

562

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

@Sgt-Damain: this guys know what's he talking. *thumbs*

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Salt_AU
Salt_AU

1299

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 0

Edited By Salt_AU

@Sgt-Damain: Inquisition, hardest difficulty and turn OFF your companion AI so that they only auto attack, really good fun and certainly uses tactics, in fact without planning you'd get schooled.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for gamingdevil800
gamingdevil800

7153

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 76

User Lists: 0

@Salt_AU: The tactical mode in Inquisition was awful I gave up on trying to complete the game on nightmare with it. I can remember issuing commands then as soon as I switch to a different character, they will move away or ignore my previous commands.

4 • 
Avatar image for archav3n
archav3n

562

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

@Salt_AU: try playing older games like baldur's gate 2 and compare the AI. it has better AI than Inquisition after MORE than a decade. just mind blowing. when game goes big it really has to be dumbed down for the brainless

2 • 
Avatar image for DraconisRex
DraconisRex

163

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

@archav3n: The only part of combat that the Dragon Age series has done well is party movement. Other than that the BG games were vastly superior in combat, though not perfect as we had to deal with micro-managing movement due to the abysmally bad path-finding in the game.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

3862

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 139

User Lists: 0

Edited By Gamer_4_Fun

@Salt_AU: The game has no mechanics for tactics. Origins for example had a purpose for the top view of the battle and layers up layers of tactical options like if-this-then-that system which allowed you get nitty gritty with your AI companions. Inquisition only tells gives you the option to tell your teammate to go there and do whatever the hell they want -- they basically go to their random spots right after a few seconds.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for gns
GNS

372

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 25

User Lists: 0

@Salt_AU: In Inquisition the companion AI was dumbed-down to such a level that it was nothing to do with it (you just choose who they defend and or if they attack only. That's it. Oh, right, and when to drink potions). Seriously, I go to the AI tactics and all I see is choose who to defend and when to drink potions. What AI tactics of your companions are we talking about now?

3 • 
Avatar image for mogan
Mogan

14147

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Mogan  Moderator

@gns: He didn't say anything about AI tactics, he said to turn the AI off and hand walk your party through the game. That's pretty much how I've played every BG and DA game so far. I do with the AI had more customization options in DAI though.

2 • 
Avatar image for Salt_AU
Salt_AU

1299

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 0

Edited By Salt_AU

Absolutely, why not? I love tactical turn based games like Xcom and I'm a big fan of Origins and Inquisition, Inquisition was great game with a lot of depth to the lore.

8 • 
Avatar image for tanerb
tanerb

1300

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

@Salt_AU: lol@fanboy.com

2 • 
Avatar image for tanerb
tanerb

1300

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

nope, I am not playing anything you guys do. because you only do half assed games since DA:2. DA;I, ME:3 and swtor are all crap, half assed games.

3 • 
Avatar image for Salt_AU
Salt_AU

1299

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 0

@tanerb: Jesus mate would you like a tissue or two?

2 • 
Avatar image for Abberon
Abberon

354

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 41

User Lists: 0

@Salt_AU:

Tissue for what? Bioware's brand is in the toilet now and it's because they really don't get ANYTHING right anymore. Lame stories, rushed production and truly awful gameplay is what I expect from that studio now. Inquisition was the first game I ever asked for a refund for on Steam.

4 • 
Avatar image for Salt_AU
Salt_AU

1299

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 10

User Lists: 0

@Abberon: I thought Inquisition was great, but I didn't play it on casual. I played it on its hardest difficulty and turned the character AI off so they just auto attacked and not used any abilities allowing me to control all players. Great game.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for walbo
walbo

538

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@Abberon: You realise that's just an opinion with that rant.sure recently they have made some mistakes that us gamers don't like but they sell by the millions so they are doing a better job than u or I so get off your high horse and start demanding kotor 3 or remaster like everybody else lol.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Abberon
Abberon

354

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 41

User Lists: 0

@walbo:

Of course it's an opinion you goof. That's the fundamental nature of any discussion on these topics. That being said, it's NOT an opinion that Bioware has torpedoed its own brand over the last 5-10 years. They've done much to alienate their fans since the days of ME1, KoToR and BG. People don't just assume their games will be good anymore like they still can with Bethesda.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for DraconisRex
DraconisRex

163

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 8

User Lists: 0

@walbo: When NWN sold 4 million copies, that was a peak-market big deal. But since then the CRPG market has grown dramatically (at least 4x) and their sales are shrinking (in absolute terms) in a growing market which is a double whammy.

SWTOR went from hundreds of servers to a small handful. ME3 sold fewer copies than ME2, which barely broke the 4 million mark. DAII sold around 600K in it's first two years which is absolutely pathetic in this market. DA:I sold poorly, but it did sell better than DA:II. EA never released the numbers but the charts said it sold the same in stores and EA said another 50%ish of its sales (for the title) were digital. So maybe 2 million for DA:I

So it's a little bit more than 'whiny opinion.' The bottom line is that BioWare is not really a major player even though they do spend (as part of EA) about a $1 billion a year in advertising and marketing which, obviously, pays the bills at the game sites and, without a doubt, influences rankings and press.

But the reality is, gamers are far less enthused with BioWare than in its glory days. Just like we became less than thrilled with Origin (when it was still a studio), Bullfrong, Maxis, etc.

EA destroys everything it touches. Games. Studios. The industry as a whole.

2 • 
Avatar image for EcksTheory
EcksTheory

326

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

As long as its a full game and not some pay to win trash I dont care what platform its on, Ill give it a fair shot.

3 • 
Avatar image for deactivated-5abc14ca5e8cc
deactivated-5abc14ca5e8cc

881

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 79

User Lists: 0

I just realized... I never finished Inquisition. Shit.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for saint311
saint311

231

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

@GreySeven: I still need to finish DA2 before I jump to DA:I =\

Upvote • 
Avatar image for RS13
RS13

1135

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@GreySeven: Yeah, that's pretty much how I was. Somehow I sank dozens of hours into the game and I hardly remember any of it.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for mogan
Mogan

14147

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Mogan  Moderator

@GreySeven: It's pretty good, but I wouldn't get bogged down trying to do ALL the side content. I've only played the first two DLCs, and I enjoyed both of them, and I hear that last one is real good.

2 • 
Avatar image for deactivated-5abc14ca5e8cc
deactivated-5abc14ca5e8cc

881

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 79

User Lists: 0

@Mogan: I'll go back to it one day, but I've got too much other stuff started.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for tanerb
tanerb

1300

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

Edited By tanerb

@GreySeven: same, the game is boring. it is an offline mmo basically. entirely made up of fetch quests.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kaalkurayami
KaalKurayami

733

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

@GreySeven: Really? I played it 3 times.

3 • 
Avatar image for deactivated-5abc14ca5e8cc
deactivated-5abc14ca5e8cc

881

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 79

User Lists: 0

@kaalkurayami: Yeah! I think something else came along or maybe I went on vacation somewhere and didn't go back to it. Now I feel like I have to start form the beginning.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for vortexwx
vortexwx

34

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 11

User Lists: 0

@GreySeven: I couldn't get into it either at first. Must have started 3 times and decided to try Origins again. Then I got DA2, which I had never played. I ended up playing all 3 in order many times to manipulate the storyline, which I really enjoyed. While the actual gameplay in DA2 wasn't great, the transition of the story into DAI was good. I liked seeing how my choices in DAO and DA2 changed which characters I encountered in DAI. I actually did play through almost every single quest with all DLC in DAI (once!), and it took me 152 hours to complete.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for atopp399
atopp399

2297

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Not if EA publishes it. Well, I take that back. If it doesn't require Origin on PC I would.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for PyreofKoL
PyreofKoL

6057

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 112

User Lists: 4

I think I just jizzed myself. Dragon Age and tactical RPGs are two my favorite things.

2 • 
Avatar image for so_hai
so_hai

4142

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 89

User Lists: 0

Everyone will play anything at least for a little while.

2 • 
Avatar image for royal_oak_tree
Royal_Oak_Tree

42

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Sounds like a joke but If those people in the Twitter poll would play Inquisition they are the types who will most likely play anything.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for YagerMyster
YagerMyster

52

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By YagerMyster

@royal_oak_tree: I agree. Twitter poll shows that they'd sell 2 billion copies of the game. Reality is far different.

Upvote •