The developers at BioWare may have made their name thanks to a commitment to storytelling, but with the next-gen fast approaching, the team is intent on heightening all aspects of their design philosophy. The latest trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition gives another look at the first release which will represent BioWare’s goals for next-gen gaming.
With an emphasis on a fully-realized world, cutting-edge graphics and a storyline that any fan of Dragon Age, or fantasy in general can appreciate, the developers of Inquisition maintain that this time around, “it’s all about player freedom.”
The developers have already spoken at length about the story that will be driving the events of Inquisition, but for those who may have missed out, the latest developer diary – dubbed ‘A World Unveiled’ – offers a quick refresher. As the Inquisitor, it falls to the player to handle the investigation and defense of the sudden tear between the world of the living and that of the dead. Loyal to no one and nothing by default, the player must decide how to handle the situation, and if need be, who to leave behind.
It’s no surprise that a greater emphasis on customization is one of the main selling points of Inquisition thus far; the race of the Inquisitor can once again be human, dwarf or elf, and without any loyalty to either the Mages or Templars, much of the game’s content depends on the decisions made by the player early on. In addition, as is pointed out in the video, this game marks the first time in the history of Dragon Age that the player is granted power and authority from the get-go, not forced to assemble a ragtag team of underdogs, and work uphill against a stagnant establishment.
Those elements will certainly still exist within Thedas, but with the developers claiming that they’re putting more power into the hands of the player than ever before, the basic plot of the game seems to back them up. also hinted at in the video is Inqusition‘s Assassin’s Creed-like system of agents – operative who can be used to carry out the player’s will. That remains just one of the additions we’re curious to see in greater detail, but the gameplay video shown in the trailer should placate fans for now.
We’ll keep you updated on Dragon Age: Inquisition – and how it may impact the next Mass Effect – as the launch approaches, but have you decided your stance? Does the series still hold a place in your heart, or has the increase in next-gen competition gotten you looking elsewhere? Sound off in the comments.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is expected to release in 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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