Dragon Age III: Inquisition Is Official, Will Use Battlefield 3’s Graphics Tech

BioWare executive producer Mark Darrah announced the game officially on the BioWare blog today. The game, called Dragon Age III: Inquisition doesn't offer much more beyond the title, which we first heard in an earlier leak of some information from a marketing survey. BioWare added in a press release that it is targeting a "late 2013" release date, but didn't narrow it down any further.

In the blog post, Darrah wrote that the team's plan had been not to reveal information until there was something substantial actually to show, but hinted that rumours had indeed gotten out of hand and so the time was right to reveal.

So what did Darrah confirm?

• The next game will be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition.

• We won't be talking about the story of the game today. Though you can make some guesses from the title. • This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. It's composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers. • We are working on a new engine which we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization. At PAX East, we talked about armor and followers... Yeah, that kind of customization. We've started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.

Dragon Age III has indeed been possibly the worst-kept secret in the history of gaming, so it's nice to be able to give it a title. The art and ideas shared for a then-"hypothetical" DAIII at PAX East back in April caught the attention of fans and set the wheels of speculation spinning. Since then, BioWare has been soliciting fan feedback regularly.

Dragon Age II was (and remains) a highly controversial game, with some devoted fans and even more angry critics. Clearly, BioWare is trying to tread carefully with Dragon Age III.

Whether or not it carries the best of its predecessors forward, it will certainly look pretty doing it. The Frostbite 2 engine Darrah mentions is the engine that makes Battlefield 3 look so nice.

A Blog from Mark Darrah – Dragon Age III Inquisition [BioWare Blog]


Comments

    Man I seriously hope DA3 doesn't fall as hard as 2. While I liked playing 2, it was kinda short and really just got let down by it's cookie cutter maps. I certainly didn't mind the voice acting, story fell a little short. I tried for a second play through, couldn't even get half way without being bored.

    Eh.

    The proof, as they say, shall be in the pudding.

    If Bioware were a share they would've been delisted. There's a lot of ground for Bioware to make up on the DA IP. A marketing campaign that isn't juvenile will be a small step in the right direction.

    I hope im wrong, vut why i have a terrible feeling that DA3 could become the next fallout

    ME 3 was the first Bioware game that I didn't purchase. Dragon Age 2 had a lot to do with that.

      Same here Mike. After DA2 Bioware went off my "must pre-order" list and onto my "wait for Steam sale" list.

      You've denied yourself a very good game because DA2 was merely a "pretty good" game.

      Winning.

      Let's not forget that much of Bioware is actually other studios that EA just slapped the Bioware brand onto.. SW:ToRtanic is an excellent example of how EA continues to kill the brand.

        I just reactivated my SWTOR subscription recently - its still fun, why the hate?

        Not liking a game != bad game.

          That must be why it bled subs between launch and the F2P announcement.

          People hate playing good games.

            To a degree mmo gamers seem to hate to move to better games. That is why world of warcraft still has 9 million subs they just stay there afk in Stormwind (Real fun). Tor bled subs for several reasons (1) It was sub based (2) Lacked space combat/mini games (3) Lacked content updates (4) World pvp and max level pvp being rubbish *1-49 is amazying though* and finally (5) World of fanboycraft - The amount of wow fanboy's that continue to play a mmo with 9 million subs that doesn't do a update in 9 month's is priceless. Tor was great just not epic. If you want epic play GW2. I do agree though that EA is having a significantly negative affect on Bioware as of late.

              uh no, MMO gamers hate to pay the same amount for an inferior game. Eve n though I don't like WoW, WoW > SWTOR in almost all areas. partly due to the polish it has attained over the years and partly because the devs didn't come out of the gate acting like they're doing players a favour by letting us play their game.

                Except that is exactly what they are doing by playing Wow over Tor. The reason Tor did not do well was it was overhyped and expected to destroy Wow in every area. It was signifantly better then wow in several aspects story, fun, potential, class balance, pvp (not world pvp), Content updates (they were still slow but not 9 months blizzard slow) on the otherside there were several areas that needed more time to become better like pve, wpvp, mini games, convinence features (LFG, Cus UI). Wow may be polished with gameplay but it's game direction and content quality is in a signifant decline since the start of cataclysm.

                Swtor > Wow in most areas however as I said Wow is in decline so is being better then Wow enough anymore, It's not. Swtor was always going to need to compete with the new and upcoming future mmo's starting with Guild Wars 2. Which as Tor currently is can not, Tor desperately needs to raise the bar against mmo's like Guild Wars 2 or I agree it will continue to decline and never bounce back. Wow is a boring, declining mmo and should not be the mmo to compare to anymore Tor may be better but it's not enough since Wow is no longer the best. Sure Wow has created a massive fanbase of fanboys that will never leave, I know some guys like that. The mmo players that are looking for a new experience, a refined experience or a different setting will play Swtor,TSW, Tera online or GW2 . These games all offer there own fun but GW 2 imo is the one that does everything so well and really shows Wow's age. The game has changed and Wow is no longer the big dog in quality it's just the bloated popular Cod of mmo's.

      You're missing out then. Ignore DA2.

    Well you'll be waiting a long time before any Bioware or EA games will be on Steam. Enjoy your wee protest there tiger....

      Don't worry he's not the only one. ME3 isn't even on my "to get"list because of EA/Origin. I use it for games I already own, but won't buy any new ones that are origin exclusive.

    Why do I have the feeling that the success of Project Eternity has something to do with this announcement as well?

    Oh well, my guess is we'll see a trailer for DA3 at this years VGAs.

    Please be good, please be good, please be good...

      that's a really long shot

    I don't understand some people...

    "I'm not going to buy this game because it's on this digital download service & not this digital download service!"

    "I'm not going to buy this game because other, different games from the same publisher didn't meet my expectations!"

    Good for you -go and deny yourself entertaining experiences. I'll just go and enjoy these games I bought.

    BTW, I use Origin & I've still got my kidneys & soul. Go figure.

      so by your logic, if somebody stole your money the last 3 times you met them, you will still trust them?

      Also, some of the stuff EA does through Origin is dodgy and some is plain illegal.

    Urgh…I wish Bioware would try a new IP. That’s what they’re good at.

    Anyone else read "tentative release date of late 2013" as "launch title for next console generation"? Man, I hope so - DA3 would be a huge incentive for me to upgrade on day one.

      I am still buying Bioware games, I am just waiting to pick them up on Steam sales. I used to regard their brand as almost guarantee of quality and happily paid a premium price. They are still good to very good games but not consistently very good, so I am no longer willing to pay full launch price.

    I'm actually quite sad that I'm not excited about this. I just don't have confidence that they can get past DA2's short-comings.

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