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Dragon Age Keep Proves The Importance Of Your Decisions

Now that's a good idea.

Role-playing fans often love a great story. And it's the various character stories and plots in the Dragon Age games that keeps them interesting. Choice is also a critical part of the experience and so, BioWare has unveiled how your previous decisions in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II will factor into the new adventure, Dragon Age: Inquisition.

In a lengthy post on BioWare's blog, franchise executive producer Mark Darrah announced "Dragon Age Keep," which will let you "customize a Dragon Age historical world state to your exact specifications." So basically, how you modified your Warden and Hawke, who you selected as your companions, which romances you forged, which foes you vanquished; it will all matter. In the Keep, you can customize as much or as little of the world of Thedas as you want, and then you can import your saved world state into Inquisition when starting a new game.

This is really cool, if you ask me. And here's Darrah's explanation of how this concept came into existence:

"We realized that in order to make this work, wed have to look into a cloud-based solution. Moving to the cloud allows players to take their unique world state into any platform (present or future) and even other media. For existing fans, an advantage of being in the cloud is that (if you are ok with spoilers) you can fully explore what-if scenarios, and become aware of events and consequences in our past games that you may not have known were possible. You can then fire up the previous games and go exploring for those moments."

As for importing your saved games, BioWare is "continuing to investigate ways" to make this happen. It's a little tricky, though, as an import from Origins to DAII affected around 600 different data points. So, it won't be easy. But just knowing that the team has created the Keep for series fans is great. Wouldn't you agree?

Related Game(s): Dragon Age: Inquisition

Tags: dragon age inquisition, dragon age keep, dragon age 3

8/28/2013 9:17:52 PM John Shepard

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Comments (21 posts)

Ather
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 10:48:02 PM
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As long as it's not Mass Effect 3 all over again.

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Comic Shaman
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 12:58:38 PM

Speaking of, will this Keep thingy be available to people who didn't play the first two?

One of the things they did in ME3 was give first-time players a default Shepard with a pre-selected set of choices. Really bad choices, for the most part. You'd have to have been deliberately trying to screw up your game to make some of the blunders in the default list.

Which is basically a way of punishing your new players. Not the best way to go.

Then they eventually released a DLC intro-comic that lets you customize your choices without playing the previous games... and of course they charged extra for it. Very uncool.

Let's hope Bioware does better this time...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 11:09:34 PM
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It's a nice attempt to make things matter but really they don't. What you did in Origins affected or didn't affect just a couple of scenes and dialogue in DAII that amounted to camero appearances and vague remembrances of what you accomplished.

This is the problem with these games, including Mass Effect, the fact that you CAN play them as a brand new adventure without a save pretty much screws any chances of your old decisions having any meaningful impact on the overarching story. Smoke and mirrors my friends.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 11:34:45 PM

Play the Witcher series if you want to see your decisions matter.

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Beamboom
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 4:10:02 AM

I agree that it is much smoke and mirrors going on in the games that offer "player choices".

... But man do i love that smoke. And those mirrors!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 9:05:33 AM

I will be getting Witcher 3 for PS4, playing the others is not an option.

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xenris
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 7:33:29 PM

Like LV said play the Witcher series. Seriously the witcher 2 was played my me and two other friends and we all had completely different endings.

Bioware likes to say that there is a lot of choice and consequence in their games but for the most part it is just smoke and mirrors, a bit of extra dialogue here and there and nothing substantial.

For starters they could make it so that they make a real trilogy that requires you to play from the start instead of ret conning every entry to make it work for the new players.

Either way, I really doubt there is going to be anything mind blowing in the way of choice and consequence in DA:I, unless they were smart and took a plethora of notes from the Witcher 2.

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JROD0823
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 11:26:34 PM
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I signed up to the beta, just waiting to see if I get in.

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Feryx
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 11:26:56 PM
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I really think that they are making a honest effort for the player to effect the world. I think that the biggest one will be the Dark Ritual from DA:O.

I even signed up for the beta.

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Andivarious
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 12:29:26 AM
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Can't say that I ever really got into the Dragon Age, which is a little surprising since the series is right up my alley.

I agree with World that it feels a little bit like smoke and mirrors, especially after ME3. I would rather see a fresh new story in the same universe than see them try to make me feel like I had to play the other games so that I could make some dramatic impact on the story when it won't really make any difference.

All that being said, I do think it is a good thing that they are trying to continue to please their fans.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 9:07:45 AM

Agreed, despite my observations I think it would be a big mistake and send the wrong message to the fanbase to just say "You can't import your save, it doesn't matter at all." People would riot in the streets.

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Andivarious
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 9:48:41 AM

I think that maybe a better example of having choices matter is the way Sucker Punch did Second Son. The went and looked at which ending most people did first based off of their trophies and then continued the series based off of what they found. I think that is cooler than what you got out of ME3, personally.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 3:25:35 PM

Plus the presence of your Cole from inFamous 1 was was made a part of the experience because it ruled the playback of all of the collectible audiologs that were present throughout part 2. You never forgot about the last game.

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Andivarious
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 3:33:24 PM

That's true too. Man I love that series. I can't wait for Second Son. I should really go back and play the first two again, just for fun.

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___________
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 5:11:59 AM
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yea, yea, weve heard this all before.
suffice to say if i had a nickel for every 50th game that promised this, but did not deliver, well, you get the point by now.
in short ill believe it when i see it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 9:08:14 AM

There's still Alpha Protocol :)

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Andivarious
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 9:46:21 AM

I actually kind of enjoyed Alpha Protocol, and at the very least you can say that your choices really did make a difference in how the story played out.

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___________
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 9:46:47 AM

exactly, one out of a million.
and look how that was rewarded.
:(

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Comic Shaman
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 12:54:28 PM

There's also the Way of the Samurai series.

Low-budget games that they are, at least it's true that your choices really matter for how the story unfolds.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 3:26:17 PM

That's what I was saying, what you do in that game has amazing affects that the AAA games never dreamed of doing.

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xenris
Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 7:34:38 PM

AP is such a gem and never given credit for its amazing choice and consequence system.

Way of the samurai is also great for this. The game is relatively short but you can do soooo many things and it really changes the game. Very cool series.

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