Surprising no one, Bioware has announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, and that it has been in development for two years. DA3 will use DICE’s frostbite 2 engine. DA3 is set to come out “late” next year. No photos or trailers yet.
General Manager Aaryn Flynn stated: “The Dragon Age team has been working on Dragon Age III: Inquisition for almost two years now. We’ve been poring over player feedback from past games and connecting directly with our fans. They haven’t held back, so we’re not either. With [this game], we want to give fans what they’re asking for — a great story with choices that matter, a massive world to explore, deep customization and combat that is both tactical and visceral.”
Am I the only one that feels that statement was a bit… desperate? Honestly, I feel bad for Bioware. At once point in time, they were the leader of Western RPGs, providing deep and immerse games like Jade Empire, SW: Knights of The Old Republic, and Mass Effect, but after the critical flop that DA:2 was, the paradigm shifted and Bioware became heavily criticized.
DA:2 was fun to an extent, but definitely was a step backwards from DA: Origins and its DLC. Mass Effect 3 had one of the worst “lolwut” endings I’ve ever played, and even after their add-on DLC which “explains” more, I’m still confused. Was the space child Shepard? If the reapers are a collective of organic races, how come they all look like shrimp? How come they were making human one?
In any case, since then, Bioware can’t win with the fans. When the developers reached out to fans, the fans didn’t hold back, and told Bioware just what was wrong with their games. The internet can be a brutal place. For DA:3, I’d love to see more Origins in there. DA:2 was fun, but it eliminated almost everything that made DA:O great for me, such as the player races, the exploration of different lands, and the various monsters and lore surrounding the lands.
Bioware has made a few poor design decisions recently, but I feel they’re only human, and I’ve enjoyed their games enough in the past for forgive them, so I’ll likely pick up DA:3 “late” next year.
So long as there are no space children. Cut that shit out.