When Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third entry in the wildly popular Dragon Age series, was announced, publisher EA assured fans that the game would release on both current gen and next gen systems. While the game ultimately released on PC, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, and Xbox 360, developer BioWare has made the controversial decision to abandon the last gen versions of Dragon Age: Inquisition moving forward.
BioWare has more DLC in the pipeline for the popular game, but the developer has decided that it simply isn’t viable to continue to release expansions for the last gen ports of the title. While the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions had previously received DLC such as the Jaws of Hakkon, BioWare says that developing DLC that would work across five platforms was simply too problematic. According to Dragon Age: Inquisition director Mike Laidlaw, the “memory limitations” found on the Xbox 360 and PS3 had forced the BioWare team to make cuts to DLC to ensure everything worked properly on both current gen and last gen systems.
Moving forward, with the limitations of the Xbox 360 and PS3 no longer dictating the scope of the expansions, Laidlaw says that the DLC will continue the story of Dragon Age: Inquisition in new and exciting ways, with a leaked marketing survey suggesting that future DLC will deal with “the final fate of the Inquisition.”
While last gen gamers may feel slighted at this revelation, BioWare is working to allow fans to continue to enjoy the game, albeit on a next gen console. As a part of July’s patch update, BioWare has released a new save transfer tool that will allow previous gen save files to be brought over to the next gen. Gamers will unfortunately need to repurchase the game for next gen consoles, but this transfer tool ensures that games started on last gen systems can be continued on the current gen.
For fans contemplating making the jump to the current gen, Microsoft is currently running the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale, which is offering deeply discounted games all Summer long, of which Dragon Age: Inquisition is a part. Additionally, the game has recently joined EA’s subscription based service, EA Access Vault, which allows gamers to pay a monthly fee to access a range of EA games on next gen consoles.
Last gen gamers may feel like this decision leaves them out in the cold, but with the PS3’s and Xbox 360’s limitations cast off, the developers at BioWare can work at making future DLC even better. BioWare definitely should have made this ultimatum known sooner, though, in order to save last gen fans from having to buy the game twice. Moreover, this DLC cut off is sure to irk plenty of diehard Dragon Age: Inquisition fans.
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