By most accounts, Dragon Age: Inquisition is the finest installment of the epic fantasy franchise yet, combining the best qualities and learning the hard lessons of both Dragon Age: Origins and the controversial Dragon Age II. It's a truly massive affair boasting everything BioWare fans have come to expect: a sprawling storyline, an array of colorful characters to befriend and romance, and the biggest Dragon Age world yet. But now it's getting even bigger.
Inquisition players who complete every piece of content in the game can look to commit between 150 and 200 hours to the experience, but those at BioWare have become experts at crafting worlds that leave their fans wanting more. Traditionally that "more" has been available in the form of downloadable content, and over the years BioWare has vastly improved the quality of those offerings – leading to top-notch expansions such as Mass Effect 2's Lair of the Shadow Broker. It was inevitable that Dragon Age: Inquisition would eventually follow suit with its own DLC, and tomorrow it's doing just that with the just-announced Jaws of Hakkon.
BioWare surprised fans with the Jaws of Hakkon announcement earlier today, revealing that the new single-player DLC would be hitting PC and Xbox One tomorrow, March 24th. Now a handful of screenshots and achievements from Jaws of Hakkon have leaked via Xbox Achievements, and they may provide a few clues about what to expect.
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And here are the four leaked achievements:
- Firestarter (15 G) - Destroy all the Winter Shards and light all the fires in the Old Temple.
- Legend-Marked (30 G) - Impress the Avvar of Stone-Bear Hold and gain their friendship.
- Historian (30 G) - Uncover the secrets of a legendary figure.
- Winter's End (90 G) - Dispel a myth of ancient days.
While the achievement descriptions themselves are characteristically vague, digging into Dragon Age lore can provide a few clues. The group of tribes known as the Avvar have played a huge role in the history of Thedas, fighting against the encroachment of the mage-led Tevinter Imperium in ancient times and eventually settling in the Frostback Mountains. The Frostbacks form the border between Ferelden and Orlais, and given that both of those kingdoms play major roles in Inquisition, it seems likely Jaws of Hakkon will unfold somewhere in their peaks. The DLC's title likely refers to Hakkon Wintersbreath, the so-called "Lord of Winter," an Avvar god referenced several times in Dragon Age: Origins, both in codex entries and inventory items.
There's no word yet whether Jaws of Hakkon will pick up after the main storyline of Inquisition or fit into the midst of it. Traditionally, BioWare's DLC expansions have favored the latter, but you never know. As huge as Inquisition is, gamers will be playing and replaying it for years to come, so hopefully Hakkon will be just the first of several singleplayer DLC expansions to come.
For the moment, Jaws of Hakkon has only been announced for PC and Xbox One, but it seems likely that this is a timed exclusive and that the DLC will eventually come to PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360. A trailer is expected to drop tomorrow to coincide with the release of the DLC itself, so stay tuned to Game Rant for more.
Source: Xbox Achievements