Fans of BioWare’s Dragon Age franchise have a lot to look forward to later this year as the series returns to gaming screens everywhere via the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. The story-focused medieval fantasy RPG series is, along with Mass Effect, one of BioWare’s flagship franchises, and Inquisition marks the developer’s first foray into next-gen consoles. So what can we expect from BioWare’s latest?
Well, if the game’s latest trailer is any indication, the developer has taken much of the fan feedback they received from Dragon Age II to heart. Dragon Age: Inquisition returns gamers to the world of Thedas, and it looks absolutely spectacular. BioWare is clearly taking full advantage of EA’s Frostbite 3 game engine (as well as next-gen hardware) to maximize the size and beauty of Inquisition’s environments. Producer Cameron Lee went into some detail on the current in-game environments and ecosystems: “The world’s population is based on an emergent system that adjusts what you’ll encounter based on how your actions tip the balance in the area. You’ll see towns attacked by bandits, deer fleeing from wolves, giants feeding on bears, and countless other scenarios.” As we learned from Skyrim, these kinds of details go a long way toward making a world feel responsive and lived-in. Dragon Age: Inquisition is one of the 2014’s most hotly anticipated RPGs—we’ll be keeping a close eye on the game as more news emerges.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches Fall 2014 on PC, Xbox 360/One, and PS3/4.
In other gaming news this week, Hearthstone, Dark Souls II, and Titanfall all see the light of launch, Witcher 3 gets delayed, The Last of Us hits the silver screen, and The Last Guardian is still alive. Read on!
- Of note to Blizzard and Magic: The Gathering fans everywhere: Hearthstone, Blizzard’s first venture into card gaming, is now out of beta and available free-to-play on their site.
- So Dark Souls II launched this week for Xbox 360 and PS3, and millions are dead as a result.
- Speaking of A-list titles launching this week, Titanfall stomped onto the Xbox 360/One/PC landscape a few days ago. If you’re craving some mech mayhem, check it out.
- The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt looks absolutely incredible, but fans of the Witcher series will have to wait a little longer for the game. Developer CD Projekt is pushing the game into February 2015 to ensure comprehensive quality control.
- Know what’s awesome? NASA using GLaDOS (NASA’s Official Talking General Leisure and Diversion Operational Server) in their newest IRrelevant Astronomy series of educational web videos.
- The Last of Us is going Hollywood. The game’s lead writer, Neil Druckmann, will pen the screenplay in collaboration with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures production company.
- Team ICO’s mythical The Last Guardian is apparently still in development and on Sony’s radar. We’re crossing toes, fingers, and eyes here that this game eventually sees the light of day. Team ICO has built considerable (and deserved) goodwill due to their sublime work on Shadow of the Colossus and ICO—here’s hoping The Last Guardian continues their string of success.