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BioWare Hiring Environment Artists For Dragon Age III

We all assumed Dragon Age would be a trilogy, but assumptions aren't half as nice as pseudo-confirmations (which in turn aren't as nice as official announcements).

Although we're only talking about a simple Twitter update from BioWare creative development director Alistair McNally, the studio's intentions seem pretty clear: they want to start working on Dragon Age III. They're looking for a few "exceptional environment artists" to work at BioWare Edmonton (yeah, that's Canada), and it sounds very much like DAIII is the team's new project. Of course, they still have to push Mass Effect 3 out the door, and that has been delayed until the first quarter of 2012, so it's clear that BioWare has their hands full right now. For our part, we really like Dragon Age II, but we're sort of hoping they give us back some of those standard RPG elements we lost...like, full equipment for everyone and a freakin' world map.

Just a thought, BioWare. Don't forget who your biggest fans are: hardcore role-players. Take a hint from Square Enix's troubles.

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

5/20/2011 10:23:49 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Underdog15
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:55:13 AM
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The Canadian government has been helping to fund the inclusion of game developer studios across the country. As a result, the last 5 years have seen many big name titles be developed in part or in full in Canada. Nice to see that trend continue in Edmonton.

A couple games produced in part or in full in Canada this gen? Well... the first two that spring to mind are some Naughty Dog studios in BC. (In Uncharted 2, in episode 4, Drake talks to Sully about women in Montreal. A Canadian shout out) Lots of Uncharted development shared between BC and Santa Monica. Also, Assassin's Creed franchise is made in Montreal.

There's a lot more, but I'll stop there for now. Anyways, you'll probably see far more games developed out of Canada in the future since our government is supporting the industry in Canada.

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Underdog15
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:57:53 AM

Here's a link for some info and a list of Canadian made games. Lots of EA and Ubisoft titles. Some big ones too.

http://community.futureshop.ca/t5/Tech-Blog/Made-In-Canada-Games-Among-the-Hottest-at-E3/ba-p/156059

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Fane1024
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 7:25:11 PM

Bioware has always been in Edmonton, IIRC.

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Jdogtoocool
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:11:01 AM
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Dragon Age II was horrible. It was like s stripped version of Origins. Couldn't pick different origins stories, that was wrong I stand by my decision to labe DA2 DA1.5

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Beamboom
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:43:16 PM

Oh come on, you can't mean it was *horrible*...?
The three separate origins in DA:O was pure genious, loved that game to bits.
But I think it's fair to think of it as a *different* game than DA:O, it simply feels and plays different. But horrible it was not.

Funny though, back then when DA:O was released everyone were moaning about the graphics, oh how horrible and dated and whatnot it was. That was the focus back then.
It's sad, but it's embedded deep into the human nature to focus on the negatives...!

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kraygen
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:45:47 AM
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Not a fan of most of the changes they made from DA:O to DA2. I really hope they make some major changes with 3 so that it reflects an improvement over origins instead of a step backwards like DA2 was.

I'm not saying that DA2 was a bad game, I'm just saying that Origins left us looking forward to 2 and 2 left us wondering what the heck happened to Dragon Age as a whole.

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Beamboom
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:44:44 PM

I agree. The concept behind the "origins" of the original should be expanded upon instead of going the traditional way this time around.

It was just *so* much fun to play the different origins and see how the stories merged into eachother. I've never played anything with such high replay value, ever.


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kraygen
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:58:21 PM

Well technically that's not what I was referring to. The origins part of DA:O was fun, but it had no actual baring on the story of the game.

I was more referring to gameplay mechanics, weapons/armor set up, art style.

DA:O was designed in a strategic combat style, while DA2 was more action based. I have no problem with action rpgs, but they are aplenty and would have preferred Dragon Age to stick to the strategic style of play.

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Beamboom
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:49:44 PM

Ah I see what you mean. I misread the first time.

I actually liked the action style battles in da2. I think it was well executed and gave a refreshingly "different" feeling of playing a rpg. But generally speaking I prefer complexity over intensity when it comes to rpgs.

I guess it all boils down to the fact that I really had a good time with both DAs, hehe :)

But I really, really hope that BioWare (or someone with similar storytelling skills) create a big monster of a RPG someday. One big fat mother with insanely complex item crafting, endless amounts of trash to loot, player created cities, player scripted attack chains, the whole darn package. Something we can work on for *years*, not weeks. Oh man, I'd even pay a monthly fee for such a thing!

Hmm... Didn't I just describe a mmorpg now? ;)


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kraygen
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 10:54:43 PM

Yeah you described star wars galaxies before the fall.

Man I miss that.

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AshT
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 11:54:10 AM
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Havn't played DA I/II, guess need to play them before DA III

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Beamboom
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:52:56 PM

You don't *have* to, but if you like RPGs I'd say you *should*. Also, they are darn cheap now (too cheap imo!).

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bebestorm
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:27:42 PM
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I hopefully they will take their time. I loved DAO but DA2 felt like a side story or something. It was a good though. The ending was quite interesting made wonder if the hero and the champion would be in 3.

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Beamboom
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:46:59 PM

Yes an extremely interesting ending indeed! I was like, "whaaat? Wasn't that..." caught me *so* by surprise.
I didn't understand much of it though. As a matter of fact I didn't understand *anything* of it, hardly heard what they said, too surprised :D

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CrusaderForever
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:34:35 PM
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Hopefully they go back to the way Dragon Age Origins was crafted. I loved that game and cannot play Dragon Age II due to the unnecessary changes. I am sad that if I want to continue the story I will have to pick up Dragon Age II on the cheap to keep the continuity of the series.

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jdt1981
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 1:35:47 PM
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They definitely need more environment artists on staff because the environments in DAII were painfully repetitive.

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Temjin001
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 5:30:57 PM

I read about that in some reviews.
DVD may be one of the limiting factors in that.

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Alienange
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:09:10 PM
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Bring back Boo or I'm not buying it.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 4:55:35 PM
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Hmm... okay then. I've got the Origins Ultimate Edition on my shelf, but have only played about an hour of it so far. I'll pick up the second when a similar pack comes out. But I'm interested in a third. I'll perhaps become more interested as more info trickles out. Until then, here's a rather interesting article about the way that RPGs are being integrated into other genres at the expense of themselves:

http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/116/1168985p1.html
Peace.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 7:17:08 PM

I can't even remember now what I wrote in my original post, but I'm sure that I forgot to mention that I question whether DA will be a trilogy, not because it doesn't make sense for it to be, but because did not the good people at Bioware come out to say that they had ideas and plans to continually expand on DA? A trilogy may seem likely, given that that seems to be all that people like to do, but Ferelden could rival Middle Earth in scope, as Bioware seems intent on doing. This is one series that could come to rival FF in duration (and maybe they could remind S-E how to make RPGs that aren't kinda dopey in the process)
Peace.

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___________
Saturday, May 21, 2011 @ 3:33:02 AM
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obvious DA3 was coming, too popular a series to leave.
dunno why i just cant get into dragon age 2, the combats just far too simplistic to me!
need a few different buttons for different attacks, instead of swinging your sword the same 3 ways 500 million times throughout the game!
not asking for a ninja gaiden system, but some depth and variety would be nice!

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