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Does BioWare Need To Reclaim Lost Fans With Inquisition?

It's easily one of the most anticipated games of 2014 and now it has a solidified launch date.

The question is: Does BioWare need to make up lost ground? Is this the game that tells gamers that in fact, this developer is just as good as ever?

Maybe so. Many believe that BioWare hasn't entirely recovered from the Mass Effect 3 fiasco, although given the fickle nature of consumers in general, most will likely have forgotten about it by the time Inquisition launches. Then again, the pissed off hardcore remain very vocal about that situation, and some even boycotted the developer. Therefore, it's possible that BioWare needs to win back some fans they lost.

The other issue is that Dragon Age II, while still a really good game in our estimation, fell a tad shy of fan expectations. From where I stand, it made too many concessions to the mainstream side of gaming, which makes zero sense, as this is hardly a franchise designed for the masses. We just lost too much in the way of good old-fashioned role-playing depth, as the environments weren't big enough and we couldn't even fully outfit our allies (only the protagonist could be fully equipped).

Therefore, despite this developer's illustrious history, it's feasible that there's more pressure on Dragon Age: Inquisition than anyone wants to admit...

Related Game(s): Dragon Age: Inquisition

Tags: dragon age inquisition, dragon age 3, dragon age sequel, bioware

4/22/2014 10:00:54 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (20 posts)

Temjin001
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 10:41:52 PM
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I'd imagine any angst ex-Bioware fans had will burry it and play it anyway because there's nothing better to play for them. Speaking from a PS4 and XO only perspective that is.

For as much as gamers whine and complain about being offended they only hate on what they actually love or have loved. They can be won again.


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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 10:43:27 PM
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I tried getting into Dark Arisen, but I couldn't because of the frame rate and awful graphics. It was very painful to play on Ps3. But I'm keeping my eye on this new game.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 10:47:58 PM

I heard it got dull and really repetitive before long, too. Becoming something of a grind for a good while.

I got about 15 hours in on DA origins. It just couldn't hold me. I liked the combat system.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 11:19:47 PM

So we are clear you aren't under the impression they made Dark Arisen are you?

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 11:56:34 PM

Not anymore!

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 1:20:40 AM

same haha fooled me too.

…..I thought Dark Arisen didn't sound like DA2's subtitle.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 11:18:56 PM
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Yeah DAII was the Lightning Returns of the series, they have ground to make up.

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Crabba
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 12:03:32 AM

Not only that, but I'd say that likeness goes much further - Bioware really is the Square Enix of WRPGs, they've been on a downward trend for a long time now - they used to make great RPGs, and recently have only tried more and more to please the masses...

Doesn't get much closer than that as comparisons go...
Sincerely hope that Inquisition is a big step back in the right direction!

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Kryten1029a
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 2:26:53 AM

To be more accurate, they've been on a downward trajectory since they fell under rEAper indoctrination.

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Crabba
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 6:28:40 PM

Yes Kryten1029a, very accurate and very sad. Hopefully they'll get sold or grow a pair and get some say in how their games are made... However unlikely that that's gonna happen.

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Big_Boss90
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 12:20:53 AM
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DA3 will rock and iam ready to play this game.. As for the whiny gamer out suck it up buttercup is all i got to say, DA 2 was very enjoyable for me not better then orgins but still good. And for the whole mass efffect 3 issue i will keep my mouthshut on that subject because alot of you won't like what i have to say. The gaming community (as in all of us) need to grow up and understand the dev.are allowed to try new things and even if we see it as a bad move, and most of the time it is, they will learn from those mistakes and improve hence DA3. IMHO alot of studios would be shut down if they if they areafraid

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Big_Boss90
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 12:23:17 AM
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Uhh sorry leaving a comment using my phone..


If they were afraid to take risks...

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 12:27:38 AM
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There was a lot that I loved about DA: Origins, but felt there was still plenty of room for improvement. DA: II came out and for me it was just backwards. It still had some of the stuff that I loved about origins, but less that I loved and more that I found irritating.

Inquisition is going to have to be almost a complete flip from 2 and be better than Origins or the series may be done for. I'm hoping it's great because I love the world that origins created and would love to spend a lot more time there.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 1:22:48 AM

I'm inclined to agree. I'd say if Inquisition doesn't deliver then the series is over. EA will put a nail in it.

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 4:25:46 PM

yeah, it's not what I want to happen, but most people felt 2 was an obvious disappointment.

Inquisition is going to need to have more rpg elements, like let us control the armor on all characters for example. It's going to need to be more open feeling than the first which obviously means way, way more open than the second one.

The gameplay needs to be more like Origins. More tactical, less hack n slash.

Graphically I'd rather it be more like the 1st as well. Wasn't that 2 was particularly bad, just looked too much like wow to me. Loved the art style on Origins, just spruce it up to 1080p and call it good.

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Feryx
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 12:52:12 AM
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From all of the info that I have gathered I think they have listened to the complaints, and rectified most of the issues from DA:II.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 2:47:09 AM

That is my impression too. All companies must be allowed to try new waters now and then. They've tried, now concluded, and return to their RPG roots.

All is fine.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 10:26:15 AM

Nobody should try the waters of shrinking and reusing the maps into claustrophobic retreads.

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kraygen
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 4:26:55 PM

Agreed, every time I entered a new area and discovered it was not so new, it left me feeling frustrated and it makes the game feel super cheap.

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___________
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 7:36:41 AM
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most certainly they have alot to prove!
ME2 had an amazing incredible story and world and characters, but meh basic combat.
ME3 had amazing combat, SO much better than 2, but the story and the world took a nosedive.
and thats what caused all the ME3 controversy, people were pissed that all the time spent over the 3 games really did not account to anything, the promises that ME3 would massively change depending on what players did in both 1,2, and 3, really were not met.
and thats what really worries me with this.
i can see this repairing fan confidence and bringing it closer to the original dragon age, but at the same time its not going to deliver experience it should.
i can see this is going to be just another fantasy RPG that makes us choose what we care about more, an amazing indepth world and characters, or a amazing indepth combat system.
we can never have both!
so in other words its going to make us choose between ME2 and ME3, and that is never going to end well!

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