Although Dragon Age II was largely considered a disappointment by fans, developer BioWare has been proactive by trying to assure fans they will do right by them with Dragon Age: Inquisition. The developers want fans to know they are listening and will incorporate their ideas into what will hopefully be the best franchise entry yet.
Part of that proactive approach has included detailing any and every facet of Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s story and gameplay, be it new companion characters or how romances will work. But of course, there is no better proof than seeing the game in action.
To that point, BioWare has unleashed the first part of their E3 2014 demo — the same demo we saw at the event early last month. The footage features narration from Creative Director Mike Laidlaw and a more comprehensive explanation of the title’s gameplay systems, including the fan-favorite and fan-requested tactical view. Check out the 16-minute demo above.
While some of the gameplay, specifically the dragon fight, has been seen before, this is largely new stuff for Dragon Age: Inquisition fans to digest. Ideally, players should have a better understanding of DA3‘s gameplay, its scope, and some teases of a story by its conclusion.
For those who might be curious as to the second part of the demo, just know that the footage features more combat and a bit more on the tactical view (it functions as you hope it would), but it also features some big, potentially spoiler-y moments. So if this demo already sold you on the game, it might be best to avoid the second half.
But boy what a first half; BioWare is clearly addressing their critics head-on with footage that proves that this is the game fans hoped DA 2 would be. We came away more than impressed from the demo, and we hope you did too.
In addition to this new gameplay demo, the folks at Raptr played host to a BioWare Q&A where the developers tried to answer as many fan questions without spoiling anything. Highlights include talk of a story mode a la Mass Effect (no plans for that yet), romancing companions (8 romance options, some with race requirements), side missions (there’s a “goodly dose”), the map (Inquisition HQ is very large, weather systems), DLC (nothing at launch, plans aren’t “firm” yet), and key characters (Morrigan’s mother may return). To read the full Q&A make sure to visit Raptr’s site.
As we mentioned, BioWare is fully dedicated to assuring fans this is the Dragon Age experience they’ve been looking for, and this demo and the recent Q&A should hopefully be proof of that. Even more exciting than that, though, is that there’s still plenty more to learn about the game.
What do you think of this comprehensive demo? What most impressed you about it? If you could ask the developers any question what would it be?
Dragon Age: Inquisition releases October 7, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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