Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of the most highly anticipated titles coming for new-gen. Both hardcore fans and those new to the franchise have been wowed by what BioWare has revealed about their fantasy epic. From the stunning visuals to the in-depth tactical combat, the developer has clearly built upon previous criticisms, and the third title in the Dragon Age franchise looks set to bring a new level of intensity to the RPG genre. BioWare knows that Dragon Age 2 had its issues and this time they’re not messing around.
It’s not only gameplay and graphical elements that BioWare has focused on, however. The Dragon Age series is known for its compelling narrative, and BioWare has created a way for fans of the franchise to continue their stories, complete with the choices their characters have made in-game. The Dragon Age Keep was announced by BioWare in September of last year, and is an online tool for Dragon Age: Inquisition players who want to continue their own individual Dragon Age story down to the smallest of player choices.
BioWare appears happy with the Keep, a system that gets around the difficulty players could face from carrying over a save file from one system to another, and promises to “allow players to take their unique world state into any platform (present or future) and even other media.” It’s made up of hundreds of questions for players to answer, and according to Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee it could make its way into other BioWare games.
Speaking with Joystiq, Lee stated that he expects the Keep system to not only be included in any future titles in the Dragon Age franchise, but to be used by other series developed by BioWare. “I think future BioWare games would do it,” said Lee. “It depends if that would work for them, in terms of if it suits that game. If we did other Dragon Age games I’m sure we’d use it.”
Lee stated that it was unlikely to feature in the Mass Effect series any time soon. “I’m not sure that a Mass Effect is going to use it or not,” he said. Lee also gave some insight into just how the Dragon Age Keep has been created. “We’ve got all the back-end technology for the studio,” Lee said. “It’s actually been a central studio team that’s been working on the fundamental tech for this. Then the Dragon Age team supports it.”
The Keep will allow players to pick and choose exactly what questions they answer about their story. A player will not need to answer all of the hundreds of questions available, for instance. The program is currently still in beta, but will give Dragon Age fans the core story questions initially before moving on to the minutiae that makes up the immersive Dragon Age experience. There is also an algorithm that stops contradictory and conflicting story events. It will be interesting to see just how the Keep works in practice, but for now it’s a promising solution for cross-platform series such as Dragon Age.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will release on November 18, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.