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BioWare Makes Dragon Age 3 Official

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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.

 

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    hate machine , September 17, 2012 10:06 PM
    Dragon Age III: Now with 50% more on disc DLC that you have to pay to unlock!
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    bustapr , September 17, 2012 10:17 PM
    Quote:
    this man was stabbed and is dying
    a. leave him to die
    b. give him a quick death
    c. loot him
    d. save him (click to buy/unlock dlc)


    oh I loved these moments

    /sarcasm
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    Chairman Ray , September 17, 2012 10:43 PM
    After DA2, I'll have to wait for the reviews to come before putting down my money. I hope they fix it so that there's no ingame adverts for DLCs. The one thing I hated so much was being totally immersed inside the story of the game, and then suddenly something needs a DLC. Way to spoil the moment.
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    feindre , September 17, 2012 10:05 PM
    Hopefully they'll improve over DA2. I loved DA:o .
  • 22 Hide
    hate machine , September 17, 2012 10:06 PM
    Dragon Age III: Now with 50% more on disc DLC that you have to pay to unlock!
  • 21 Hide
    bustapr , September 17, 2012 10:17 PM
    Quote:
    this man was stabbed and is dying
    a. leave him to die
    b. give him a quick death
    c. loot him
    d. save him (click to buy/unlock dlc)


    oh I loved these moments

    /sarcasm
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    Antimatter79 , September 17, 2012 10:34 PM
    Given this guy's background, he seems like someone who can contribute to making DA3 as good if not better than DA:0. DA3:Inquisition - Investigate the reasoning behind DA2 being so bad.
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    jkflipflop98 , September 17, 2012 10:40 PM
    "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."

    Sounds good. Then it's followed up immediately by this little gem -

    "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."

    Ummmm. . . what? You really want to talk to us, but you're not going to talk to us. Brilliant plan! Difficult to see how Bioware has slipped so far with solid logic like that.
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    Chairman Ray , September 17, 2012 10:43 PM
    After DA2, I'll have to wait for the reviews to come before putting down my money. I hope they fix it so that there's no ingame adverts for DLCs. The one thing I hated so much was being totally immersed inside the story of the game, and then suddenly something needs a DLC. Way to spoil the moment.
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    demonhorde665 , September 17, 2012 10:57 PM
    chairman rayAfter DA2, I'll have to wait for the reviews to come before putting down my money. I hope they fix it so that there's no ingame adverts for DLCs. The one thing I hated so much was being totally immersed inside the story of the game, and then suddenly something needs a DLC. Way to spoil the moment.



    LOL too this , i skiped on DA 2 because of a particular reviewer's review on the game. but yeah DA:o  also had that in it some and i just wanted to punch my monitor when it came up. hoenstly i've gotten sick of bioware's marriage to EA more than any thing . their games were much better back when they were with atari.
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    aleobul , September 17, 2012 11:11 PM
    Working through DA: Origins right now. It's OK I guess but I finish a section and don't get back to it for extended periods of time because it's just not very compelling. I did just recently pick up DAII even with the reviews that said don't bother because it was soooo cheap. I'm anticipating it being less than memorable, but worth $7.50. Bioware is trashing everything they touch so if they follow true to form DAIII may be the biggest loser ever.
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    arctic23 , September 17, 2012 11:11 PM
    Bleh, after DA2 I'm no longer interested in this crap. Love DA though.
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    Prey , September 17, 2012 11:17 PM
    So take the things we used to do i.e. Baldur's Gate II then apply it something new and get high praise. DA:o rigins was good, and why they went the route of DA:2? They had a decent formula, hopefully this will be worth the money when it comes out.
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    SchizoFrog , September 17, 2012 11:27 PM
    I pray to the Thunder Gods that the Elder Scrolls franchise does not fall in to this sort of thinking... It's been years and years since I have been so immersed within a game as I am with Skyrim.
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    uglynerdman , September 17, 2012 11:37 PM
    my biggest problem is their dlc. i feel like i gotta pay way more to get a complete game. not an expansion to my current game.
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    CaedenV , September 18, 2012 12:03 AM
    uglynerdmanmy biggest problem is their dlc. i feel like i gotta pay way more to get a complete game. not an expansion to my current game.

    For both 1 & 2 I waited for the ultimate/goty edition (whatever they call it). That way you get the game, with all the expansions, and most of the major flaws patched up and you can actually enjoy the game... well, you could enjoy #1 anyways. I kept hoping #2 was going to just have the city as the first 'section' of the game... when I realized I was just going to be replaying the same areas over and over I was pretty disappointed. Not a bad story overall, but it would have made a much better book than video game.
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    ethaniel , September 18, 2012 12:07 AM
    The name "Inquisition" probably aims to the conflict between Templars and Mages. Again. DA2 was inferior in every way compared to DAO. I really hope they can turn the saga around.
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    nebun , September 18, 2012 12:12 AM
    DA 2 was a joke...hope the third one will be better.
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    tomfreak , September 18, 2012 12:57 AM
    It is from EA, I am not surprise for their DLC "farming" player's wallet on day 1 release. BF3 is my last EA game until they start being generous again.
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    notsleep , September 18, 2012 1:22 AM
    they should dump several tons of salt on the folks behind dragon age 2. :p 
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    whimseh , September 18, 2012 1:23 AM
    Hopefully it might be better than DA2, that was just..... terrible.
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    assasin32 , September 18, 2012 1:48 AM
    Hmm bet this won't hit steam, too bad I might have bought it if so and if the DRM wasn't obnocious. I like the original DA but never got to play DA2 because it was pulled from steam before I bought it and I refuse to instal things with a disc or use another service (too many games and for everything you can say about steam in general it just freaking works and when you do a reinstal of the OS all you have to do is copy over steam apps folder)
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    sivaseemakurthi , September 18, 2012 2:21 AM
    Were there any dragons in DA2? I wonder why is it called 'dragon age'.
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