Sometimes it never hurts to ask for help – or at least ask for feedback. It shows a level of trust and respect for those who receive the question, and takes the weight and pressure off those who ask it. For RPG behemoth BioWare, this is the path they are taking for Dragon Age 3 - they want the input and opinions of loyal Dragon Age players to help shape the next game.
When it was announced that future Dragon Age 2 DLC would be canned to focus on Dragon Age 3, it was apparent that BioWare needed to shift into overdrive. While the schedule may have taken a slight detour due to a more intense focus on Star Wars: The Old Republic (a game that is losing subscribers), getting an understanding of what players would like to see is imperative. While the original game was critical success, it goes without saying that the series took a slight misstep with Dragon Age 2 - with repetitive dungeons, decisions that didn’t always matter to the player, and a dumbed-down character progression model.
BioWare understands that it is important to hone in on their loyal players, and starting this week, they will be launching a month-to-month feedback campaign which will focus on different questions and elements.
BioWare’s Jessica Merizan posted on the developer’s blog exactly what this would look like:
“We’ll do a series of questions and discussions around Dragon Age. Consider this a conversation between fans, the community team, and the developers. Everyone at BioWare is incredibly excited about the future of the franchise but we’re interested in what you have to say. Every month, we will discuss a topic or question about Dragon Age and game development. You will have one week to post your thoughts, desires, and hopes before we close the thread for review. Moderators and developers will pop into the thread to chat every now and again, so keep an eye out.”
Merizan was cautious in her posting though, saying that the developer was not making promises to players – they were just getting ideas. While gathering all this feedback will be aimed primarily at the Dragon Age 3 game, Merizan did indicate that they would be cognizant about good ideas that could be used in other Dragon Age mediums, such as novels, animated features, and comics.
The initial topic posed by BioWare to the fans is: “What kinds of things would you like to discover and learn about the Dragon Age world?”
BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka wants the series to open itself up in future titles. Giving them feedback on what players want to know about (wedding rituals, burial customs, history of the Tevinter Empire, etc) could potentially open the door for this information to be presented as canon in the upcoming game.
How many ideas from players will actually make it into the game? Realistically, probably not many, but certain elements could be used in various ways, or an idea could help provide a slightly different direction that ends up being a gold mine. Hey, it never hurts to ask for help.
Ranters, what do you want to see from Dragon Age 3?
Dragon Age 3 is presumed to have a launch date sometime in 2014.
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