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BioWare To Discuss Future Of Dragon Age With The Fans

With no more add-on content for Dragon Age II, maybe it's time to turn to the fans for fresh ideas. DAIII is a-comin'...

Essentially, the team is turning to the Dragon Age community to ask for suggestions concerning the future of the critically acclaimed franchise. If you check BioWare's official blog, they intend to "foster the spirit of the community" by asking important questions. Here's what BioWare community head Jessica Merizan wrote:

"Beginning today, we’ll do a series of questions and discussions around Dragon Age. Consider this a conversation between fans, the community team, and the developers. Everyone at BioWare is incredibly excited about the future of the franchise but we’re interested in what you have to say. Every month, we will discuss a topic or question about Dragon Age and game development. You will have one week to post your thoughts, desires, and hopes before we close the thread for review. Moderators and developers will pop into the thread to chat every now and again, so keep an eye out."

And this discussion will go beyond upcoming games; it could involve novels, comics, animated features, and even pen-and-paper RPGs. That all being said, Merizan clarified by saying they're "not making promises;" they're merely entertaining ideas. All they want to know is what you loved about the first two Dragon Age games, and then everyone can chat a bit about the next step. Sounds like a civil method of obtaining valuable feedback.

Okay, your turn, Square Enix.

Tags: bioware, dragon age ii, dragon age iii, dragon age fans

5/18/2012 8:48:34 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10:17:16 PM
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I could do with an apology for Dragon Age II and a promise never to do that again :)

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Temjin001
Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 11:03:51 PM

sweet sherlock holmes swag there, World ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 11:06:56 PM

Thanks Temjin, that was a great moment in TV history right there. Love a good mystery.

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Temjin001
Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 10:57:23 PM
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I should load up my save file for DA:O again. I was getting sort of into it a lot, before I got side tracked.

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bebestorm
Friday, May 18, 2012 @ 11:55:37 PM
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Hmm I dont like this idea sounds like Bioware lacks confidence since ME3. Their well aware of issues gamers and critics had with DA2. I bought Bioware games because their a great developer Im not interested in games based on fan suggestions.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 12:45:07 AM

You must understand this is an attempt at reaching out to the fans of DA:O who were displeased with the unfortunate direction DAII took. They want to restore fan confidence in the franchise.

I appreciate the gesture, I just hope they handle it better than SE did with their fan feedback for FFXIII-2.

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Beamboom
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 4:17:26 AM

I think they are a bit burnt by the recent experiences, both in regards to DA2 and ME3. But Bioware has always had a focus on their fans, so this isn't really *that* new or suprising.
And I think that we should appreciate these efforts, and not turn this into an accusation of them losing all balls.

Bioware's main strength is the story and characters, always has been. That's where they excel. So if we let them focus on that, while clearly telling them we do *not* want dumbed down action adventures, well that can only lead to something good in my opinion.


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/19/2012 4:19:14 AM

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bebestorm
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 10:04:07 AM

@World
Bioware is well aware how much gamers and critics disliked DA2 its been over year and they've talked about it many times.


@Beam
To me their going overboard along with fan suggestions they plan listen @ every convention gathering etc and show more of the game as they go along alll this to me says we lack confidence and crave fan approval. I would rather Bioware work on something else maybe Jade Empire 2

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 12:32:45 PM

Being well aware of some dislike and having viable actionable input are two very different things.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, May 20, 2012 @ 8:16:52 PM

i think you are overestimating the amount of input fans will have bebestorm. Nothing wrong with getting fan feedback

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Crabba
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 1:51:35 AM
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what's to get feedback for on DA:O. Just go back to making good RPG's again, and quit trying to please the shooter crowd - end of story.

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Looking Glass
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 5:03:08 AM
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Sounds to me like Bioware is at least to some degree in damage control mode. And that's understandable considering that their reputation has taken some significant blows recently with Dragon Age II and the Mass Effect 3 ending backlash.

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ZenChichiri
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 5:27:52 AM
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Uh oh time for some fan feedback again. I understand the marketing approach of making games for gamers, but this can easily turn out bad. If the creative people at Bioware bow down too much to the fans we're going to see a mixed garbled up hybrid game. It's like they can't make decisions on their own anymore.

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___________
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 6:07:28 AM
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i have to doff my cap to bioware.
they may have screwed up allot of things this gen, but my god do they know how to communicate with their fans!
i just hope they dont take this too literally.
problem is every man and his dog has access to these things, so they might mention something crap and it gets added into the game.
like what happened with the original AC.
so many people complained that the death sequences were too long so ubi cut them, come on they were the best part they filled in the story!
sometimes i wish developers would cut themselves off from fans, wonder if its doing more damage than good........

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Excelsior1
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 6:41:13 AM
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I just finished up playing The Witcher 2. Excellent game. Bioware should hire Cd project to do DA3. Problem solved. I could barely force myself to even finish DA2 even though it was given to me along with all the DLC. The boring political story and repeat locations did not help at all. The game was a lot easier than DA Origins as well.

You guys should try to play The Witcher 2. Way better game than DA2 and even DA:O. Once I started playing it I just could not stop. It's been a long time since a game has truely grabbed me like that.

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bebestorm
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 10:37:45 AM

Witcher 2 is absolutely fantastic played it last year on pc but I want Bioware to finish what they started. Besides CD is working on a new game.

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frostface
Saturday, May 19, 2012 @ 6:43:58 PM
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Loved the first game and even the second one was fun if not a bit lazy. I still would prefer Bioware stick to their vision for the series. You can't please everyone, if people are gonna complain they'll find reason no matter how good the quality. It's just some peoples nature.

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