The developers at BioWare have made no secret that in taking the Dragon Age series to a new generation of consoles – and hoping to reclaim its place among PC gamers as well – they have big changes on the way. But for all the hints and progress that Dragon Age Inquisition may provide for the company as a whole, it’s the story that fans are most eager to see done justice. Thankfully, the latest trailer shows just what awaits players as they rise to the title of ‘The Hero of Thedas.’
Admittedly, having the chance to become a ‘chosen one’ or ‘historic leader’ is par for the course in Dragon Age, but Inquisition looks to take that trend to an even greater scale. When a strange tear between the world of Thedas and the next, known as ‘The Fade,’ leaves all but the player’s character dead, the hero has an even clearer path to greatness than prior games. Blessed with powers granted by The Fade, the survivor takes on the role of Inquisitor, and charged with defending the land’s people from whatever threatens them.
But to do that, players will first have a mystery to solve. To this point, the exact identity of ‘The Enemy of Thedas’ has been kept out of marketing, with the Inquisitor fighting only the villain’s puppets and soldiers. The new trailer once again seems to give voice to the villain waiting at the end of the game’s campaign, but instead focuses on the journey, not the destination.
The mysteries continue, with the trailer shining the light squarely on the variations of hero players can create. But with all the talk of complicated relationships thanks to evolved storytelling, and the technical promise of new consoles, it’s nice to be reminded that BioWare is still keen to deliver the type of scripted story fans have come to expect. Not to mention the dragons. Plenty of dragons.
There is also mention of the base of operations players will be able to inhabit with their chosen members of the Inquisition, upgrading it as they decide which paths and factions to support. It sounds as though Skyhold may be a favorite feature for those fans who felt that the series was straying from the old-school RPG mechanics, so to see it woven into the story as well is promising. Of course, the pressing threat facing the Inquisitor may leave little time for interior decorating.
Demons plague the world and terrorize the people of Thedas. The faithful cling to their belief in the Inquisitor, who must lead a team of legendary warriors into battle and bring the conflict to an end before it’s too late. Every war has its heroes. It’s up to the players to decide what kind of leader they will be.
Will you be picking up Dragon Age Inquisition for PC or consoles? If so, is it the new batch of BioWare storytelling that you’re interested in experiencing, or simply an RPG as sprawling and reactive as the developers are promising? Sound off in the comments.
Dragon Age: Inquisition releases November 18, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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