There was a ton of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition release date news to come out of PAX Prime this weekend, and all of it is good news for fans. We learned about playable character races, carry-over save strategies and story details about the Inquisition itself. Bioware has been very active during the PAX panels this year so it's really no surprise that so much Dragon Age 3: Inquisition release date news appeared over the weekend, but considering how badly the team botched Dragon Age 2: Turd Fiesta (unofficial title) it's nice to see them actively discussing the lessons they learned.
Dragon Age 3: Inquisition PAX Prime Gameplay Demo
For example, the coolest piece of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition news from this weekend is the inclusion of playable Qunari characters. It's something that fans wanted and the fact that they're in the game proves that Bioware is honestly listening. But this move isn't about catering to fans every whim. In an interview with Gamefront, Bioware reps explained that the goal of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is to create something bigger than one character or idea.
"Dragon Age isn't about any specific story, it's about the world," Bioware said. "It's large-scale concerns, fate of nations kind of stuff."
So while it will be great to create a Qunari and learn more about them, the focus of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will be on the world at large. Consequences, and choices, will weight heavily upon the game. This idea served as the inspiration for the Dragon Age Keep, a cloud-based game save system that will allow players to edit the history of the world they enter into and see how those choices impact the world of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition.
"Within the Keep, you'll be able to customize a Dragon Age historical world state to your exact specifications. How did you modify your Warden and Hawke? Who were your companions? Who did you choose to romance? Who rose to power, and who fell in defeat? What legacy did you leave? Within the Keep, you'll be able to customize as much or as little about the world of Thedas as you wish. Then you'll be able to import your saved world state into DAI at the start of a new game," executive producer Mark Darrah wrote in a blog post.
This piece of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition release date news is meant to address the issue of carry-over saves. Although the producers promised that they're working on a way to import saves from your old Dragon Age games, regardless of platform, onto next gen systems the inclusion of the Dragon Age Keep certainly provides a worthwhile solution. You can edit so much history that, for fans who have strong attachments to their characters and decisions, the experience of playing Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will be influenced by the previous games one way or another.
There was also a little Dragon Age 3: Inquisition romance news coming from the demos shown at PAX. Gamefront reports that in-game dialogues during the demo revealed that the all-important relationships among party members, especially when it comes ro romance, will be part of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. And, according to creative director Mike Laidlaw, the Dragon Age 3: Inquisition romance is just as much a part of the world as it is an influence on it.
"Your interactions aren't just, 'Hello, I'm here by my tent waiting for you,' but instead something that feels like an outgrowth of all your adventures together and the kind of things that you've been doing," he said.
In addition to the Dragon Age 3: Inquisition romance details and playable Qunari confirmation and cloud-based history editor the fans at PAX Prime (and those who saw the demos) learned that the gameplay in Dragon Age 3: Inquisition would be a hybrid of the previous two games. 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. It essentially allows you to pause time, pull back to an isometric view high above the ground, and issue attack and movement orders like a general on the battlefield.
"Really what we're doing is giving you different ways to control the intensity of combat," Darrah told Gamespot. "It's not that you need to play the game this way. It's just another tool in your toolbox to manage more intense fights."
Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is due out in 2014 for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Xbox One and PS4.