BioWare's Mark Darrah has confirmed that the studio is working on Dragon Age 3.
The Dragon Age 2 website now features a post from BioWare veteran Mark Darrah that officially acknowledges the development of Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
Little is known about the new sequel thus far, and the studio is currently reluctant to cough up any details. However Darrah said the game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on the Dragon Age franchise since the first installment, Dragon Age: Origins, 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," Darrah said on Monday. "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."
Darrah actually began the blog talking about himself, reporting that he joined BioWare in May of 1997 and implemented the AI, scripting, and combat systems in Baldur's Gate. Once the classic PC RPG shipped, he moved on to a lead programmer role on Tales of the Sword Coast, BG2, and Shadows of Amn. After that, he worked on Jade Empire and even implemented the first version of the DM client in Neverwinter Nights.
Eventually Darrah wandered over to the Dragon Age franchise where he has served as Executive Producer since before Dragon Age: Origin hit store shelves. That said, his background history seemingly signifies proof that he's not just another rumor mill stirring the pot, that the studio is indeed working on a third installment.
"Not a big surprise to most of you, I know," he said. "We have been working on it in some way for about two years now with the bulk of our efforts ramping 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. 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."
"We are going to be as open as we can," he added. "We will continue to have a dialogue with you and answer what questions we can. Keep providing us with your feedback. I'm excited about what we are working on and I hope that you will be too. I know this is going to be hard to believe, but it is just as hard for me not to tell you stuff as it is for you to wait."
And there you go: rumor confirmed. Expect to see some solid info soon.