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BioWare: Next Dragon Age Will Be More "Open-World"

Well, if you had to emulate another game's style, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim isn't a bad one to imitate.

In the past, BioWare's Dragon Age series has featured mostly linear adventures; the sequel was even more linear than Dragon Age: Origins. But it seems BioWare is taking another look at their chosen gameplay style for Dragon Age III.

According to a Wired interview with BioWare boss Ray Muzyka, the team is taking both fan feedback and the competition into account. The latter involves looking at Bethesda's recently released Skyrim, which is the epitome of an open-world, freedom-oriented role-playing game. After all, the title has already shipped 10 million units. Said Muzyka:

"[The next Dragon Age] is going to have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it's also going to have a lot of things I think players are going to find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open-world feel. We're checking [Skyrim] out aggressively. We like it. We're big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product. We think we can do some wonderful things."

We have no idea when the third Dragon Age may arrive, but it's nice to see a developer taking a few cues from another talented team. ...well, provided you think they're approaching things correctly. Maybe you liked the linear aspect of Dragon Age II and aren't interested in the sandbox style and if so, you're probably annoyed at this news.

But hey, you can't please everyone all the time, right?

Related Game(s): Dragon Age III, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Tags: dragon age iii, dragon age 3, bioware, skyrim, the elder scrolls

12/20/2011 8:55:39 PM Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 10:09:00 PM

This news is music to my ears. As I believe Bioware would make a much more polished game than Bethesda. And I'm not talking about graphics I'm talking about bugs/glitches.

I have yet to play the second one but I have platinumed the first one and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The last couple of trophies started to really bring out the repetition, but overall I thought it was a great game. I have no issue with this approach as I like open-world/sandbox games in general, even Bethesda's with all the problems they have.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 10:11:22 PM

I think you cannot play to much with the formula since it is a sequel, not a new IP, so it has to be similar to the prequels-->not Skyrim-like open.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 10:56:02 PM

Don't tell Square that, they'll just laugh at you.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 2:58:34 AM

I think this statement from Bioware is more about the criticisms of the changes from DA:O to DA2 than about a radical redesign to mimic ESV. In other words, DA3 will be more "open" than DA2 or even DA:O, but still Dragon-Agey.

Oh, and "prequel" isn't a word. ;P

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 10:16:18 PM

That's actually really interesting, since BioWare and Bethesda have always been my favorite Western RPG developers, but each one goes at it from very different perspectives.
And I certainly look forward to the next 'Dragon Age', but I hope it's not too much of a radical change (which I think threw off a lot of people who loved 'Origins' and were confused by 'II's major changes in structure).

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 12:47:48 AM

This means they are heading back in the direction of DAO and adding a sprinkle of Skyrim elements? Sounds cool to me.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 1:03:57 AM

Excellent, just excellent. The BioWare fan in me is green with envy whenever I play Skyrim. Just imagine the same size, graphics and amount of content as Skyrim, with BioWare level of stories and atmosphere... Omg omg omg... That's my new definition of The Ultimate Game.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 5:11:54 AM

I'm with you Beam. What I am imagining is almost to good to be true and if they pull it off(which I absolutely think they can) this game will keep me busy for quite some time.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 4:05:55 AM

sounds interesting but i doubt they can pull it off.
dragon age mixed with skyrim reminds me exactly of the witcher 2, and i will bet 1 trillion dollars this wont even come close to that!
eh, cant hurt in trying i guess.............

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 9:14:40 AM

Ahhh man open lke skyrim, with a party... count me in. I've been waiting for a game that gives you a party but is very open. Also if it stays third person, i'll D1P DA3.

Side note: Although people have been dogging capcom this generation I have HIGH hopes for Dragon's Dogma I hope they dont let me down. Because that game seems like a cross of Dragon Age and skyrim from what I've been hearing.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 1:36:06 PM

It plays like an MMO, it may as well be one...

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 6:47:45 PM

Hopefully they're not taking cues from Bethesda in the QA department.

And let's hope this one isn't a "mash a couple buttons" affair again. DAII was boring after the first couple missions. Plus the story was pretty bleh; you really didn't do anything that was world-changing till the very end (unless you count world-changing as making your reputation better and solving a few domestic crises).

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