news\ Sep 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

BioWare officially announces Dragon Age 3: Inquisition


We knew they were working on it, but now it's official; BioWare has announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. Speaking on blogDragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah made the official announcement.

"I am pleased to confirm that we are, in fact, working on the next Dragon Age game. Not a big surprise to most of you, I know," he said.

BioWare has apparently been working on the game for about two years now, but the bulk of their efforts have really ramped up about 18 months ago.

"Part of that effort has involved you, our fans, and the feedback you´ve provided for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and their DLC," Darrah explained. "We´ve visited message boards, read reviews, and we´ve gone to events to have direct face to face conversations with some of our most passionate fans. We´ve been listening, and we will continue to listen."

Other than the official Dragon Age 3: Inquisition name being revealed, Darrah didn't say much about the game.

"I said that we didn´t want to talk about Dragon Age III unless we had something to show. I´m trying to stick to that plan and won´t be revealing much today," Darrah said. "That said, a lot of information and rumors have surfaced recently and we don´t want to hide from them. There are a BUNCH of things that I really want to share with you but I want to do this right, and doing it right requires some more time."

Darrah confirmed that the game is being made by "a lot of the same team" that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. The team is composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and new developers. Dragon Age 3 will have a new game engine which "we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization". The foundation of this engine was started with Frostbite 2 from DICE — the same engine that powered the beautiful looking Battlefield 3. It's also the same engine that was "built for next gen" consoles, so does that mean Dragon Age 3 will be for next-gen?

Other than that, Dragon Age 3: Inquisition still remains a mystery — as far as plot is concerned. But, Mark Darrah does welcome any guesses you can make based on the title. Have at it, what do you think Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will be about?

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