Rumor: Survey Spills Details on Dragon Age 3

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Rumor: Survey Spills Details on Dragon Age 3

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A BioWare Social Network user claims to have seen the future of Dragon Age 3.

Okay, let's get the obvious thing out of the way first: Technically speaking, Dragon Age 3 doesn't actually exist. Nobody from Electronic Arts or BioWare has ever come out and said, "Yes, we are working on a new Dragon Age game." And with that said and duly dismissed, we may now direct our attention to BioWare Social Network user "Earthborn_Shepard," who claims to have taken a survey that dropped the dime on the next Dragon Age game.

Dragon Age 3 reportedly takes place during a time of trouble in the powerful nation of Orlais. The Templars have broken away from the Chantry, the Mages are rebelling and the world is on the verge of collapse. And then things get really bad.

"A portal between the worlds unleashes hordes of demons in the land, civil wars rip apart nations and the corruption is limitless. Someone is behind the shadows, drawing the threads which destroy the world. Time has come for the Inquisition," according to the plot synopsis, translated from the survey's original German by the wondrous magic of Google. "Take the Inquisitor's cloak and lead the only force able of bringing light into the darkness. Choose the direct method and gather your armies, send spies into the shadows or engage in a political war, make friends and use your connections indirectly: it is up to you how you lead the inquisition. But you'll have to take lead of it from the beginning. Make your player a rogue, warrior or mage and set up your crew from up to ten (!) complex companions to lead them against those who attack you by systematically spying on, revealing and destroying them."

The survey also apparently made mention of a number of potential additions and improvements to the new game, including special finishing moves, lots of "crucial decisions" to be made, better party management with support for up to four companions at a time, and perhaps most interesting of all, online co-op gameplay. It also included links to concept art for in-game characters and companions, and asked what respondents thought of some possible titles:

  • Dragon Age 3: The Breach
  • Dragon Age 3: Exarch
  • Dragon Age 3: Inquisition
  • Dragon Age 3: Inquisitor
  • Dragon Age 3: Apocrypha

It's all purely rumor and could very well be nothing but a bunch of home-cooked nonsense, and at least one related thread has since been closed by a BioWare moderator as a "troll thread." But there's enough info dumped to give it at least a veneer of credibility, too. Is it? Isn't it? I don't know. But if it is, I hope they can come up with a better name than the options on offer. Throne of Shale, maybe?

Source: BioWare Social Network, via NeoGAF

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I am squealing like a little girl! Eeeek!

Okay, okay. DA:O is one of my favorite games out there. DA2 was good but maybe not as good as DA:O. But good anyway (Shut up, it was). So I'm obviously eager to see DA3 hit the shelves, preferably before the next gen of consoles arrives. Heck, I don't even care about the already planned DLC. Just gimme the game!

And if I may speculate more: If it's gonna take place somewhere in Orlais, maybe we'll see Leliana again? Dunno, could be. and I imagine the co-op would work much like White Knight Chronicles or...any other MMORPG out there.

Now I'll sit and wait.

I might have believed it until I got to the part where it said 10 complex companions. Unless BW is doing an about face on their stance towards less team members for more personal/deeper relationships they touted for ME3 I don't see it as being real.

as long as it's more DAOish than DA2ish, I'll be interested!

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If DA3 does what ME3 did (incorporate some of the best elements from the first two games), minus the shit-tastic ending, it will be a great game.

They're taking their sweet time on it, and that's what I like to see.

Please...just have tactical, non-wave based combat, a typhoon of dialogue choices and branches like DA:O, and you can keep the silly AZN combat. Just don't be a hub-based wave fighter with incredibly terse companion/NPC dialogue.

Basically, all the good of DA:O, but they can keep DA2's combat.
For the Michael Bay mouthbreathers.

*Gets excited*

*Remembers it'll be Origin exclusive*

Nope. Don't care.

Skeptical yet curious. I really liked Origins on my first few playthroughs and Dragon Age 2 was a massive colossal crushing disappointment in comparison and I really regretted preordering it (and Mass Effect 2). I play to wait for the reviews and then the following user reviews before I even consider buying it when it comes out.

A whole game with dodgy French accents? Get John Cleese to voice all of them and I might buy it. Otherwise Bioware has lost it... They lost me at
DA2 (demo only) and ME2 (whole game).

You know I have to wonder why BioWare thinks they need to include world destroying antagonists in every game they make. I mean Game of Thrones has proven that you don't need things like that to crank the tension up to 11. And before anyone says "what about the Whitewalkers" Only a fraction of the drama even involves them and they've not exactly proven themselves that sort of threat, only thing that happens is people say "Oh dear not the Whitewalkers" *go pale and faint*

It sounds interesting but it also sounds quite DA2-ish so my "This is going to suck"- senses are tingling.

I'm excited. Really excited. Dragon Age 3 is probably the game I'm most looking forward to. If I could have picked any one game to be made, it'd be Dragon Age 3. Dragon Age 2 is bar none my favorite video game of all time and I can't wait for Dragon Age 3. I just hope they keep the snarky dialogue options, the friendship/rivalry system, and the awesome companions (and, of course, that they let you romance any of them with any type of character)

I've been on this like a hawk...no DA2 pun intended.

I'm cautiously excited though. Maybe they'll do the whole "war assets" thing better than ME3 did.

Actually BioWare *has* said via Twitter and probably elsewhere that they are working on Dragon Age 3.

Scorpid:
You know I have to wonder why BioWare thinks they need to include world destroying antagonists in every game they make. I mean Game of Thrones has proven that you don't need things like that to crank the tension up to 11. And before anyone says "what about the Whitewalkers" Only a fraction of the drama even involves them and they've not exactly proven themselves that sort of threat, only thing that happens is people say "Oh dear not the Whitewalkers" *go pale and faint*

They did have one game where you're not out to save the entire universe from impending doom. It was called Dragon Age 2, and everyone was just so grateful for the change of pace there weren't they?

Troll indeed as it actually sounds like a Dragon Age game.

Time for another game to wait 2 or 3 years after release to pick up once the final 'game of the year' platinum whatever version comes out with all the DLC on disc. Beats being milked the entire time to shell out $120+ for a single game.

No seriously, add up all the DLC from the first one. You could buy a sequel for that price. Is that amount of content anywhere near equal to what you paid $60 for the first time? No. No it is not. Don't be a $120 chump, fight the hype. Don't be another DLC nipple for EA to twist after selling you a piece of a product.

Just checked Amazon, $20 you can get DA1, the finished product. 3 years later.

Nothing is worth Origin, and Bioware broke faith with its fans a LONG time ago. So fuck you and your Dragon Age 3 (which may not even exist). Besides, the plot proposed above is idiotic.

That sounds interesting...

but even as a rumour...eh.

IF I can play as an Elf again I will be excited...if not.

toomuchnothing:
I might have believed it until I got to the part where it said 10 complex companions. Unless BW is doing an about face on their stance towards less team members for more personal/deeper relationships they touted for ME3 I don't see it as being real.

Eh, ME2 had twelve potential squadmates and you could have very powerful relationships with each of them. It's not the amount of NPCs, it's how well they're written. :)

This sounds amazing. Bioware can't possibly screw this up. Right?right?

J. Mazarin:
If DA3 does what ME3 did (incorporate some of the best elements from the first two games), minus the shit-tastic ending, it will be a great game.

They're taking their sweet time on it, and that's what I like to see.

yeah. Although the only good thing about da2 was it's combat(da2 is decent but da:o is so much better). The would pretty much take DA:O add DA2 combat and rip out the waves of enemies. Since the waves thing was bullshit and took any amount of tactics there was from that game.

Diana Kingston-Gabai:

toomuchnothing:
I might have believed it until I got to the part where it said 10 complex companions. Unless BW is doing an about face on their stance towards less team members for more personal/deeper relationships they touted for ME3 I don't see it as being real.

Eh, ME2 had twelve potential squadmates and you could have very powerful relationships with each of them. It's not the amount of NPCs, it's how well they're written. :)

I'm not talking about ME2 I'm talking about ME3. They said they were purposely shrinking the roster for deeper and more personal stories. ME3 had only 8 characters to date, 1 of which you couldn't have if you had the other (Kaiden/Ashley who are completely interchangeable considering they both do the exact same things and just brood on different subjects) and another who is DLC.

As long as i get to rip down the chantry, and all that i am good with it.

But then i am sure when this comes out it will be with origin, too bad sounds like a decent game.

The story sounds kinda dumb, and I couldn't stand the combat in DA2, and I have no idea what "Origin" is, but IF THEY LET ME PLAY AS A DWARF OR ELF AGAIN I WILL BUY THIS GAME.

J. Mazarin:
If DA3 does what ME3 did (incorporate some of the best elements from the first two games), minus the shit-tastic ending, it will be a great game.

They're taking their sweet time on it, and that's what I like to see.

Having high hopes leads only to greater dissapointment. That said, I hope to God that what they do... Having not played DA2 yet, if the difference really is like the difference from ME1 and ME2, than I say it again, I hope to God they do that.

Yeah screw it.

I wont be able to play an elf or dwarf anymore.
I wont be able to play as my own character
I HAVE to use Origin
I have to give Bioware money and suffer through Day One DLC, and bad MP most likely

End of the day I just dont care anymore.
An RPG is where you make your own character.
Not suffer the angst of Hack Walters and Clueless Hudson as they weep over Liara feeling blue (ha) and badly written Pedo dreams passed off as PTSD.

I will eat my words if its a good game.
However I dont feel the need to pack a bib for release if you get my meaning.

NinjaDeathSlap:

Scorpid:
You know I have to wonder why BioWare thinks they need to include world destroying antagonists in every game they make. I mean Game of Thrones has proven that you don't need things like that to crank the tension up to 11. And before anyone says "what about the Whitewalkers" Only a fraction of the drama even involves them and they've not exactly proven themselves that sort of threat, only thing that happens is people say "Oh dear not the Whitewalkers" *go pale and faint*

They did have one game where you're not out to save the entire universe from impending doom. It was called Dragon Age 2, and everyone was just so grateful for the change of pace there weren't they?

You know I was actually thinking about mentioning that after I posted it. And since you brought it up, yes they made that change in Dragon Age 2, BUT I think HONEST TO GOD that the story was far better in DA2 then DA:O. There are valid complaints to be had about DA2 but weak story to me wasn't one of them, I'm with Greg Tito from the site when he said that being a part of the city rather then just passing through it on your way to save the world made for a much more engaging experience, then being a Grey Warden solely killing the Darkspawn menace. And personally the characters were more interesting in DA2.(Not to say that DA:O had bad characters, but after playing both I remember DA2's characters more vividly and the choices I made regarding them.)

The plot idea is not bad (not as good as origins but better than DA2) but biowares execution of late has been left wanting. Heres hoping EA decides ruining their investment is foolish and letting Bioware get back to their old ways but not expecting them too.

Meh. DA2 was alright. I'll keep an eye out.
Anybody got a link to that potential protagonist? The picture's been taken down.

NinjaDeathSlap:

Scorpid:
You know I have to wonder why BioWare thinks they need to include world destroying antagonists in every game they make. I mean Game of Thrones has proven that you don't need things like that to crank the tension up to 11. And before anyone says "what about the Whitewalkers" Only a fraction of the drama even involves them and they've not exactly proven themselves that sort of threat, only thing that happens is people say "Oh dear not the Whitewalkers" *go pale and faint*

They did have one game where you're not out to save the entire universe from impending doom. It was called Dragon Age 2, and everyone was just so grateful for the change of pace there weren't they?

Act Three and the ending hurt DA 2's story, a lot of people were passing the idiot ball to make it work, and correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't much of the ranting focused on the combat, maps, carbon-copy companions, DLC, and ending as opposed to the story not being Bioware's cookie cutter save the world story that has been in pretty much every game they've made?

For the record I did like most of DA 2's story and the story that was in it's dlc, but feel that the third act's need to make the game suddenly have world changing effects hurt the overall story.

Edit: Also doubting the rumor, though they're definitely working on DA3, as I can't see Bioware actually pulling off a Game of Thrones style of politics/war. Bioware circa 2000 yes, present Bioware no.

Why does co-op equal a horde mode? It could be that you know that a friend might control one of your party members in the story and ironically enough that for all those bitching that Bioware has moved away from traditional RPGs that this is actually returning to what RPGs were ( and still are for many people) played with a group of friends each playing a character albeit with dice.

Grumpy Ginger:
Why does co-op equal a horde mode? It could be that you know that a friend might control one of your party members in the story and ironically enough that for all those bitching that Bioware has moved away from traditional RPGs that this is actually returning to what RPGs were ( and still are for many people) played with a group of friends each playing a character albeit with dice.

Because that sort of thing is best done as couch co-op and EA is of the opinion all co-op should be online only. Plus there's no way for them to milk that style of co-op like they can with a DA style firefight mode.

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