BioWare On The New Dragon Age: We Did Our Homework
Did you know that Dragon Age: Inquisition started its life as a multiplayer-only game?
In a recent GamesIndustry International interview, BioWare executive producer Mark Darrah explains the significant changes implemented in the latest Dragon Age installment. Firstly, it was going to be all about the multiplayer:
"Weirdly, we actually had a project code-named Blackfoot which was the first game we had that was looking at Frostbite. It was a Dragon Age game, multiplayer only, that was in development before Dragon Age II came out. That became the core of what became Dragon Age Inquisition, the techlines, more than any of the development, so we've actually been looking at [multiplayer] a long time."
The multiplayer mode in the latest title is a separate co-op experience that has nothing to do with the main quest. And of course, the campaign is large and story-driven, a definite must-have for most die-hard role-playing fans. Darrah also spoke about how open-world RPGs like The Elder Scrolls have changed the face of the genre forever:
"Skyrim changed the landscape for role-playing games completely. Now the expectations of your other fans, they're changing too. People age, they typically have less time for games, so it changes their expectations in terms of gameplay segments. It also results in some nostalgia. so they may become even more firm in their attachment to previous features. Now suddenly you have 15 million people that have basically had the first RPG they've ever played as Skyrim. They have totally different expectations of what storytelling is, what exploration is, and I think exploration is really where we've seen the biggest change."
It seems abundantly clear that BioWare examined what was working in the industry today, compared that with what the fans have been screaming for, and delivered what they believe to be the ultimate RPG experience in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Did they succeed? You'll have to wait until November 18 to find out for yourself, but don't forget that reviews will start hitting the Internet a week before that.
Related Game(s): Dragon Age: Inquisition
11/4/2014 11:03:12 AM Ben Dutka