Dragon Age's Save Imports Are World-Changing

From the Quest for Glory days right through to BioWare's own Mass Effect, role-playing sequels have allowed you to import your old character into the new game. So, uh, how is this going to work for Dragon Age II?

Well, it'll work a little differently, what with you not taking control of the same player. Instead, the world around you will be different.

"We look at it as importing the world really", the game's lead designer Mike Laidlaw tells NowGamer. "I've always seen Dragon Age as a franchise as about more than any one character. It's about entire an entire span of history and the whole world that's affected by what happens."

"So that was our approach and I think the importing stays true to that in the sense that the decisions your Warden made and the person they were all affects Dragon Age II. You know, who's in charge of Ferelden, what happened with the Dwarves, who's running Orzammar? All of these things are reflected and accounted for in Dragon Age II."

Dragon Age II: BioWare Interview [NowGamer]


    Hang on... does DA2 take place before or after DAO???

      Weresmurf, as far as I know it starts about a week later with Hawke fleeing Lothering around the time the Warden was passing through. It's just going to be set over a decade or so, rather than a month or three.

      A fair while after I believe.

        Oh ok, just different sources I read had it pegged as taking place before DA:O, one of them said it was a game 'told in retrospect', as in a character other than Hawke would narrate it etc. This had me confused. I'm glad that my efforts will have an ongoing effect on the world though. To be honest after replaying DA:O a lot, and I mean A LOT, not too many of the origins felt very fleshed out? Probably the ones that were, were both the Dwarven origins and the Human noble and mage. I can't honestly say I felt the Elven ones, any of them, were very well fleshed out. But that's a personal observation. I loved DA:O for what it was and I'm ready to kick some ass as Hawke :D

        But pleeeeeeeeeease let Flemeth return!!!

      The character flees lothering, but the game doesnt start for like 10 years afterwards or something?

      It starts during DA:O and finishes about 10 years after.

    What's the fantasy world's equivilant of emails?

    Any word on save imports across systems (i.e. PC to XBOX 360)?

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