It looks like BioWare wasn’t ready to let a Mass Effect news story rule the day, and have given a brief update on the progress on the company’s next RPG – Dragon Age Inquisition. The studio’s next wave of next-gen blockbusters may still be a ways away, but they may be closer to completion than some gamers could assume.
The studio may not have released another lengthy gameplay demo for Inquisition, but to show off the visuals players can expect as a result of the Frostbite Engine 3 a new batch of screenshots have been released teasing the locations packed into the game.
In a post on BioWare’s official blog, Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah celebrated the holidays by offering fans a bit of an update on where Inquisition currently sits. Even so, the developers themselves are in for far better holiday breaks than those eagerly awaiting another trip to Thedas, as it turns out Mass Effect isn’t the only BioWare properly currently playable:
“What have we been working on? Dragon Age: Inquisition has come a long way in the last three months. Today, I’m going to share with you some of what we have been up to since PAX. That way, when we dig in deeper a little later on, you will be up to speed.
“You may have heard some talk about a “Holiday Build” for Dragon Age: Inquisition. So, what is this? These types of builds go way back in BioWare’s history. Effectively, they are builds we create around the holiday break that are packaged in a way that allows the team, and other parts of BioWare, to play the game in as complete of a state as we can get it.”
There is still plenty of work left to do on Inquisition – from vocal performances to music and polish – but at present, the “Holiday Build” includes a playable main campaign. As fans writhe in envy of those taking these builds home, the studio also released new images to show how far the technical aspects of the game have come, and a sense of the variety of environments. Have a look:
While the assets and graphics seen in the images is still in a pre-Alpha stage, they are undeniably promising – just as the early glimpses of pre-Alpha gameplay have been. That being said, the footage we’ve seen of the game in action has been just as impressive, so it’s no surprise that the developers are capable of showing off some highly-detailed models.
Graphics aside, the screenshots continue to emphasize how much variety the developers are trying to inject into Inquisition‘s sprawling game world. After the previous game chose to pursue an entirely different direction than RPG’s adopting large, open-ended and seamless environments, BioWare has clearly heard the criticism of their fans. And from the lush forests to sandy deserts shown off thus far, the game may introduce more new environments than ever before (while keeping some fan-favorite elements intact).
We’ll keep you posted if and when BioWare decides to release some gameplay footage, or further details on the gameplay systems at work under Inquisition‘s surface.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is expected to release in 2014 for the Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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