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Dragon Age II Designer: We're Going To Fix Things For DAIII

Although we still liked Dragon Age II, we recognize that it had a few problems.

And just like any good studio, it's BioWare's aim to fix all those issues before providing fans with the next installment. In a new post in the official BioWare forums, DAII lead designer Mike Laidlaw addressed some common complaints regarding the recent entry. He cited "level re-use, the implementation of wave combat, concerns about the narrative and significance of choice" and in response said:

"I'm not only aware of the concerns, but I agree that there are aspects of DA II that not only can but must be improved in future installments. And that is precisely our intent."

He also tossed up a few pieces of original artwork for the new Dragon Age and added:

"I stumbled across a few images I thought I might share with you folks. After all, there's been a lot of requests to explore areas outside of Kirkwall, and I agree that seeing some more of the Free Marches would be cool."

Yes, please do whatever you can to keep Dragon Age III from feeling more like "RPG-lite." Your fans are hardcore, damnit. You know that.

Tags: dragon age iii, daiii, bioware, dragon age iii artowrk

5/31/2011 8:50:19 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

maxpontiac
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 9:01:38 AM
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Dragon Age III: Madden Edition.

That's exactly how I felt when I played the demo, and thus, did not buy the game.

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big6
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 9:35:04 AM
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At best, Dragon Age 2 was an add-on. Certainly not worthy of a full $60 game.

After the mess that was DA2, I'm not so interested in DA3, anymore.

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FM23
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 11:47:38 AM

That's your opinion. I got my $60 worth though.

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Neo_Aeon666
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 11:48:58 AM

DA 2 wasn't a mess. It was not as good as the original because they messed up at reading why people liked the first one. Now they are saying they will fix this in the 3rd one so... Shouldn't you be happy about it? They are doing exactly as you wished it sooo... Why the hate on the 3rd?

I am just like you and did not really like the direction they took with DA2 but I am pretty eager to see the changes in the 3rd one. DA is a great game.

Last edited by Neo_Aeon666 on 5/31/2011 11:50:08 AM

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big6
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 11:59:47 AM

Well, it's not just blind hate towards DA2. I think just they tried to sell DA2 to be bigger and better than DAO, but it fell short. (my opinion)

And, yes, I'm hoping DA3 will improve on everything and bring the series back to what DAO was like. (but with better graphics)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:20:08 PM

I'm with you Big 6, once I get burned I get a little more stingy with my full price purchases.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:55:58 PM

I had a lot of fun in DA2, and I think there's been too much focus on the weak spots in that game (much like DA:O back when that was released).
I'd gladly pay the same for a similar game again. I got more hours of fun in da2 than I get in 8/10 other games I buy, so who am I to complain, really.

That being said, I welcome changes to the concept but have faith in that BioWare change course accordingly. They have to release a *much* worse game than DA2 for me to loose faith in them.

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bebestorm
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 9:35:31 AM
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I hope 3 will be a actual journey instead of being in stuck one place. No more hacknslash.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:20:23 PM

yes and yes.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 10:48:28 AM
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It seems DA2 has had a pretty negative post release backlash.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:21:21 PM

It was kind of like if you were stuck in Midgar through all of FFVII and then took out 80% of the epicness.

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main_event05
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 11:44:49 AM
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"Your fans are hardcore, damnit. You know that."

Ben just got +5 respect.

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FM23
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 11:46:24 AM
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Man the RPG nut fans were mad this game wasn't hardcore...I was happy it wasn't. Nice simple gameplay with (imo) very good storytelling (story arc needed some work though). I liked DA2, but then again I never played DAO nor am I a true hardcore RPG fan so I'm not sure what I was missing.

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Claire C
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:05:06 PM

Try Origins. It's not 'super' hardcore, but it is better (IMHO!). =^.^=

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:46:13 PM

The fact that the game takes place in basically one location??

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Claire C
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:01:49 PM
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I wasn't as big a fan of DA2 as I was of Origins. It was a step backwards for me. I hope DA3 is a firm step forwards. =)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:25:10 PM
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I loved what I could do with my character and all the choices and giving me a voice and stuff, but being stuck in there was like being an imaginative kid stuck inside on a rainy day. It was so boo.

Also, political struggles should only be a part of an epic story line, we also need an overarching evil to seek out and destroy.

And, yeah, I didn't like the action battle. It was unnecessary. DAIII probably won't be day 1 unless they can prove those things have been fixed.

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Lairfan
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 9:53:56 PM
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Well that's a relief. They'd better start with the bad graphics, then go on to make a story that doesn't feel small and fairly unimportant until the end. They should also let us travel to different cities again, and please take out the boring combat system that got repetitive after the first couple battles.

If they can do all that (which it sounds like they might if this article is any indication), then I'll be happy and ready to be interested in DA3.

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Wesleypipes6
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 10:59:39 PM
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I loved DA:O, and comparing that game to DA:2, I believe Paula Abdul said it best with her classic lyric "take 2 steps forward, I take 2 steps back."

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___________
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 4:53:24 AM
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only thing i want for DA3 is a propper combat system!
doing the same 3 sword attacks for 20+ hours does not a fun game make!
not asking for a ninja gaiden complex battle system, but more then 1 sword combo would be nice!
they need to add a heavy attack too, O and a dodge!

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 6:49:12 AM

oh dear, please don't tell you are suggesting Dynasty Warriors style combat?

I really enjoyed DAO andwould like to see DA3 in a similar vein. There are no other options for my type of fan but if you think the stralining in DA2 was an improvement then there are lots of other streamlined games for you to go and play instead. Give me classic DA back.

that being said, the more I think about the story in DA2, the more I like it. it is't epic but then it's not meant to be. You're a refugee who's just trying to get by and gradually you get dragged into the bigger story arch which is initially hinted at. The gamer has no wider view of the end plot than the character they are playing. That's a good thing.

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___________
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 9:52:25 AM

that would be fine if it was not so combat driven, but it is!
a RPG with poor combat is completley useless!
just gets repetitive and boring doing the same attacks for 20+ hours!
this is not heavy rain where the combat is just a bridge for the story, the combat is just as part of the game as the story is, so it needs to be just as good!

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