Despite earlier evidence to the contrary it appears Dragon Age III: Inquisition, BioWare’s forthcoming next entry in their medieval fantasy series, is headed to the next- gen. Thus far we hadn’t heard too much about the game, beside BioWare’s decision to incorporate fan feedback into early development and the adoption of the Frostbite 2 engine, and it looks like we will be waiting a little longer for anything substantial.
According to a resume from an EA Shanghai level designer, Dragon Age 3 is now targeting the next generation of platforms, and has been delayed into 2014. It was initially thought to be a late 2013 release.
The EA employee, Tao Gu, was only with the publisher’s Shanghai office between March 2012 and September 2012, so take some of this information with a grain of salt. However, until EA or BioWare say otherwise it’s entirely probable that Dragon Age 3 has become a next-gen title.
Here’s the direct quote from Gu’s resume, which has since been taken down:
“Scope of the DAIII has been chaged [sic], which will target next gen platform [sic] and will be postpone [sic] to 2014.”
If true, Dragon Age 3 will be counted among EA’s next-gen slate, which could presumably include Battlefield 4, the next Mass Effect, and of course a wide selection of EA Sports titles. More importantly, though, it is believed this delay and focus on next-gen will give Dragon Age 3 plenty of development time, something Dragon Age 2 arguably did not receive.
Beyond just some impressive visuals, though, Dragon Age 3 promises to further expand on BioWare’s core concepts, while at the same time introducing new ones. This time around, for example, players will be able to customize their own castle similar to what was included in the Dragon Age: Origins expansion Awakening.
It’s still hard to gauge whether or not BioWare has learned from past mistakes, but a firm dedication to fan feedback is a really great place to start. And who doesn’t want to see the franchise get a major graphically bump?
What do you think about Dragon Age 3 going next-gen? Does this increase your excitement for the game, or are you still wary after Dragon Age 2?
Dragon Age III: Inquisition is now rumored to be targeting a 2014 release for next-gen platforms.