Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed at Least a Month

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed at Least a Month

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If you have been waiting with anticipation for BioWare's next installment in the Dragon Age saga, you won't mind waiting a few more weeks, will you?

Dragon Age: Inquisition has been getting some positive buzz as a worthy successor to BioWare's previous stellar Dragon Age RPGs. October was supposed to be a month of joy. Now, November should be a month of joy.

In a note on the official Dragon Age site, Executive Producer Mike Darrah revealed that the game is being delayed from October 7 to November 18. Playing off the usual "we want this to be the best it can be mantra" tied to most delays, Darrah said "his last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero's choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on."

This is probably a good thing, as October is already full of games that will be competing for our time. So I guess a few more weeks won't hurt.

Source: Dragon Age Inquisition web site

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I'm all for a delay. It sucks a bit in a selfish way, but I'd rather wait for a great game than have a good game now.

Yes, I know I'm in the minority for thinking that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be a great game, but I still think it can be, and I like to be optimistic.

Am I the only one worried about this? Not the delay, but the game itself. Lets not mince words here: The Escapist doesn't exactly have a great record for how its treated DA games.
10/10 for Dragon Age 2 if I recall correctly.
And the hype and positive feelings being generated for this game is kinda' disconcerting. I've kept up with the DA: Inquisition posts and from what I know is that its gonna' be a hit, and I'm apparently going to buy it. And its dark and depressing, something that I kinda' assumed what with the whole 'Dragon Age' bit.

Changing a single behavior can have lots of unforeseen repercussions.

Now they expect me to believe that dozens (if not many more) of behaviors and dialogue choices are being "modified" or "improved" for the greater good of the experience?

Unless those choices/dialogues are very near the end of the game (or have insignificant effects on the world), I doubt this final month is what they claim it's for

Damn, I was REALLY looking forward to getting this in October, fresh off the heels of Tales of Xillia 2. But hey, they already delayed it by a year, so another month shouldn't be too bad right? A shame, but I know they are going to do their best to make it as smooth as possible, and the game is already looking (and sounding) to be a great game. Still a bummer though, need my Bioware fix badly.

It gives them a chance to show off more of the mechanics I guess though. The tactical camera, showing off the companions more, the skills and equipment, that sort of stuff. Can't forget about the 2 romances they still have tucked away in their pocket either.

Please November, get here soon?

I have a feeling that they're working on their open world, which would explain why they weren't giving open door demos at E3. I'm super pumped for this game and I would love for it to come out in October but I'll be patient. As long as the game is good, I will be happy.

That's fine. Take as long as you need. Don't Dragon Age 2 again. Or worse, BF4.

oldtaku:
That's fine. Take as long as you need. Don't Dragon Age 2 again. Or worse, BF4.

I think I'd take BF4 over DA2. The latter was a bad game, the former merely average with some server issues.

Why do I have the feeling this wasn't done for the reasons they are saying and its being done so its closer to Christmas?

Yes. Take a month and actually finish it. Don't repeat the mistakes of Dragon Age 2.

Wouldn't it be smarter to release in November if Bioware aimed for Christmas sales? This might just be fine-tuning, but I'm a cynical asshole who knows that it will be bland by catalogue of 21st Century games from them.

Has Greg Tito given this delay 5 out of 5 yet?

RoonMian:
Yes. Take a month and actually finish it. Don't repeat the mistakes of Dragon Age 2.

They already took an extra year to finish it so It should already be in the home stretch if not completely done by now.

With Sims 4 and DA:I I foresee strong sales for EA for the fourth quarter, even though Sims 4 is looking like a disaster at this point it will probably sell like hotcakes.

Fine by me! I just started Dragon Age Origins so I have more time to finish it and all the DLC now :)

Much like everyone else has said, I would much them take as much time as they need to make sure that the game works as intended as opposed to rushing a game out of the door that is buggy and broken in almost every aspect. The last thing that EA needs is another Battlefield 4.

Given what I've heard about the Square Peg of Dragon Age:Inquisition being forced into the Round Hole of The Frostbite 2 Engine (i.e an RPG being put together on a dedicated shooter engine that lacks the universal elegance of something like the Unreal Engine) I am not remotely surprised that they need some time to make sure everything works. Take your time guys and gals of Bioware, take your time, better than having a Battlefield 4/Sim City screw up on your hands.

At least it wasn't pushed back to the end of February like The Witcher 3. The delay does give me more time to do my origin play though of every race, both genders, and every origin story for DA:O.

thebobmaster:
I'm all for a delay. It sucks a bit in a selfish way, but I'd rather wait for a great game than have a good game now.

Yes, I know I'm in the minority for thinking that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be a great game, but I still think it can be, and I like to be optimistic.

Glad to see a fellow optimist, gives me some hope as well. I'll agree with you, while it SUUUCKS that I have to wait until near Thanksgiving, (URGH) then fine. Not to mention, I'll be pre-ordering the game anyway, so the waiting is most likely going to be the part that sucks the most. Guess I can get my hands on Soul Hackers or Shovel Knight in the mean time...

A month's delay doesn't worry me so much - that's only enough time to polish stuff, not to do major changes, so this looks like the fundamentals of the game are solid. If it delayed 6 months, like Watch_Dogs, I'd be concerned, because the throughline of the plot there was pretty inconsistent, it felt like different parts cobbled together from different drafts.

razer17:

oldtaku:
That's fine. Take as long as you need. Don't Dragon Age 2 again. Or worse, BF4.

I think I'd take BF4 over DA2. The latter was a bad game, the former merely average with some server issues.

.....do you even know what a bad game is? DA2 while rushed was still a good game, not a great game but a good game.

Now I think the words you wanted to use were "it was disappointing to you"

OT: not happy I have to wait another month but oh well still cant wait:)

ecoho:

razer17:

oldtaku:
That's fine. Take as long as you need. Don't Dragon Age 2 again. Or worse, BF4.

I think I'd take BF4 over DA2. The latter was a bad game, the former merely average with some server issues.

.....do you even know what a bad game is? DA2 while rushed was still a good game, not a great game but a good game.

Now I think the words you wanted to use were "it was disappointing to you"

OT: not happy I have to wait another month but oh well still cant wait:)

No, I agree with razer17. It was a bad game.

Although, maybe it's a difference in definitions. I consider any game in which I give up and stop caring to be a bad game. Dragon Age 2 was such a game. Got past the Deep Roads and into a... temple full of spiders or robots or something??? before I gave up on the game.

For me, a good game is any game where I remain interested until it is finished. And a great game is any game where I actively seek out more information on the world and characters.

John Keefer:
Dragon Age: Inquisition has been getting some positive buzz as a worthy successor to BioWare's previous stellar Dragon Age RPGs.

I'd question the plural, but the Escapist does have a terrible record for throwing great scores at terrible Bioware sequels in opposition to actual fan reaction or quality.

Bioware, the last time you gave us a delay, you still ended up giving us those stupid endings for ME3.

I hoped you learned your lesson from last time.

I'm pretty damn sure they're not doing this for development reasons. They're doing this to get closer to Christmas and to avoid the onslaught of games coming out in October. Fuckers, the people that are interested in it are gonna buy it, giving it a month of wiggle room compared to the other stuff coming out in October is not gonna make that much of a difference.

To be fair, now they only have to compete with FAR CRY 4 and not the heavy-hitting NBA Live 15.

So that gives the escapist staff one more month to decide who gets stuck reviewing this. Whoever it is I don't envy them, the community still won't let the DA2 review go so I feel like whoever reviews DA:I is going to get death threats for any score above "MINUS FIVE STARS!!". I think Jim is a natural for the job, he already has a lot of practice not caring what butthurt people on the internet think of him.

OT: Good, rushing things won't help anyone and I would rather wait a bit longer and get a more polished game. +1 point to Bioware, I'm pondering this as a day one purchase if they live up to the promise of combining the best parts of DA:O and DA:2.

Haven't figured out the Day 1 DLC quite yet? Ah ok I want this to be a good game so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that extra time is for polishing...no pre-order from me this time though

Nuts.

Ah well, a game could always use a bit more polish in production and it'll give me more time to figure out how acquire/steal a PS4.

No matter how many times they delay it, it will still need a Day 1 patch.

After the Dragon Age II turned out to be functionally awful, I don't care if they delay it a month. Actually, that kind of helps me out, since Smash Bros. was coming out on the 3rd and now I'll only have to pick up one game instead of two. November is filled with games I don't really care much about.

I really don't know that a month will make such a huge difference in the long run, esp if the disc is supposed to go gold at the same time as it always was slated to. It's just that we've seen games take this sort of time before, and it didn't amount to much. Hell, Alpha Protocol and Watch Dogs took a whole YEAR extra...and the results were...less than stellar.

Not saying I am opposed to the 1 month pushback, but I don't really think it'll help. Moreover, in corporate speak, a late November release really means pushing it back further to December, in time for Holiday sales. Per EA/Bioware history, this further means another pushback to February of the following year, as happened with ME2, ME3, and DA2, if I recall correctly...

TL;DR: I expect the game to come out early 2015 and not really look any better. More likely the time will be spent on "Day 1 DLC/Season Pass" nonsense.

i don't know about everyone, but it just worries me when games keep getting pushed back... how much can you really change in a month?

getting really sick of your shit bioware.

This actually helps me out a lot. October already has Beyond Earth, Shadow of Mordor, Evolve, and Assassin's Creed: Unity. This is saving me quite a decent amount of money.

Hopefully it all works out in the end and this is for the better. Not something sinister or harming to the game.

Longing:
how much can you really change in a month?

I haven't the foggiest, but I wouldn't have been able to afford it until November time anyways.

To be honest I'm having buyer's remorse about getting a current gen console, there's just nothing I couldn't have got on my PS3 that I'm bothered about (barring Infamous 3, but a new console for 1 game isn't worth it)

Excellent. Way to many games in October, but i really hope the other titles arent delayed also.

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