Continuing forth with its campaign to include multiplayer in every one of its games, Electronic Arts might be adding multiplayer to BioWare’s fantasy RPG series, Dragon Age. How this mechanic will work is as of yet unknown, but early rumors purport that DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine will be utilized and dragons will be playable.
The addition of a cooperative mode in Mass Effect 3 can be seen as logical extension of the game’s mechanics. However, with a game like Dragon Age 2 or Origins, head scratching might start to occur. Traditionally, when we think of cooperative fantasy RPGs, one of the first things that come to mind is Diablo or other games that feature an isometric point of view.
Given the fan backlash over Dragon Age 2, BioWare must be highly invested in not only creating a new game to appease fans, but also a multiplayer component that is fully fleshed out. The rumored Dragon Age multiplayer will allegedly be akin to the PvE and PvP of MMOs, with dragons playing a boss role.
A multiplayer mode in Dragon Age could be an excellent addition if implemented well, and though falling back to a traditional MMO type experience is a safe move, it is one that would compliment the Dragon Age universe nicely. No doubt many fans have played through either Origins or DA2 and thought, “This would be better with friends.” Should this rumor turn out to be true, those thoughts may soon become a reality.
Should BioWare look at Mass Effect for inspiration, the multiplayer experience could be completely complimentary to the single player campaign. That being said, the ability to use dragons or turn into dragons would be pretty excellent, and could be a hint that Dragon Age 3 is bringing back shapechanger specialization for mages.
One thing that BioWare has confirmed for Dragon Age 3 is the ability to customize your party’s appearance again, something that seems small, but is so important in the long run. The developer will be confirming or denying these multiplayer rumors sooner or later, but whether or not a multiplayer component is going to be added, Dragon Age 3 will be something to look forward to.
Dragon Age 3 has no release date, but is probably coming to Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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