I rank among the few who actually loved Dragon Age 2. I didn't mind the faster paced, more console-like combat, or the fact that they story never really branched out from that centralized location of Kirkwall. But again, I'm definitely the minority here as Dragon Age fans felt like the sequel was definitely a step back.
Bioware's Ray Muzyka was interviewed by Wired, and shared some information about what's in store for the next Dragon Age game.
First of all he stated that he wants the game to have an open world feel to it, and states that him and his team are looking toward Skyrim for inspiration.
“[The next Dragon Age] is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it’s also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel,” Muzyka said. “We’re checking [Skyrim] out aggressively. We like it. We’re big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product,” he said. “We think we can do some wonderful things.”
Inspiration is never a bad thing, as long as it doesn't turn into imitation. We already have a grand open world filled with Dragons to slay, I dont necessarily think we need a copy cat game to be doing the same. Although some might agree that the folks over at Bioware could take that same formula and iron it out in a way to make it even better.
“Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans,” Muzyka said. “I’ve seen something in the last couple of weeks that is really the future of that franchise that is so compelling, I am so looking forward to being able to announce it.”
This is definitely pretty exciting news, and from what it looks like, Bioware might be saving their announcements until E3 2012.