Dragon Age: Inquisition will be set in Thedas, the fantasy world in which the two previous games are set. The game will cover more geographic territory than its predecessors, with one map being described as four to five times the size of Ferelden, the setting of the first game in the series.
At E3 2013, Bioware announced along with the trailer that the game would debut “Fall 2014″ and that the title would now be simply Dragon Age: Inquisition, dropping the “III”.
1) The choice of my race again
- While I can appreciate that for DA II, Bioware wanted all the characters to be human due to the naming and background they were going for, I wasn’t thrilled that I had to be a specific race. I am already a human and thus I want to play as something else when I delve into a fantasy game. I actually never choose a human if I have the choice and prefer elves to all others.
- I think adding Qunari to the list is going to make for some interesting conversations between characters. I was never a big fan of them in DA: Origins. Despite saving the Qunari in each playthrough I did, I never had him in my group because he just seemed weak to me. Of course, I know better from the second installment, but even then I wasn’t very impressed with them. This time around, I just might pick that race to see what happens in a playthrough.
2) Past choices will, again, have an effect in the game
- I think this was my favorite part of DA II, knowing that choices I had made, friends or foes of some characters, and how I treated the races, all left an impression on the world. It truly made Thedas a living world with consequences. I also loved how when histories were told, I could see what how they were connected to my own character’s past.
- The cloud-based Dragon Age Keep, is where you can make some changes based on your past gaming as both Warden and Hawke. Companions you choose, romances you pursued, and how the good/evil affected the world in your gameplay will change how your game starts versus other people.
- People you were close to in the past will actually interact with you in a personable way, instead of just responding with a generic response when you speak to them. So someone you romanced or were great friends with will be more receptive to you than someone you shunned.
3) Multi-platform gaming
- No matter which console you have when DAIII comes out in 2014, they will all have a version of the game (well except for the Wii U). So for those who tend to miss out on games when the next-gen consoles arrive, this time you have that problem. AND your saves from your old games will import (see reason number 2).
4) The game is designed for multiple playthroughs
- I know some people want to complete a game and then be done with it. Honestly, I can understand why when there are so many games out there to play. However, there are those that you just want to try again to see how something you do different affects the game itself. Thus you have to play DAIII more than once to see 100% of the world. This is because your choices (there’s that again) will lead you to some areas that other choices won’t.
5) A bigger world
- It has been confirmed that this time, gamers will get to play in more areas of Thedas than before. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean we will get to see Orlais as many hope, but at least this time there is more to explore. In fact, one map has been said to be four to five times the size of Ferelden. This was the setting for the entire first game if you forgot.