10 reasons why Dragon Age: Inquisition will resurrect the series

dragon-age-3-bannerFor BioWare junkies such as myself, Dragon Age 2 marked the decline of this glorious studio after its acquisition by EA. Although a good chunk of the blame can be diverted to EA for changing the RPG aspects of the series significantly into some form of pathetic instance-based city crawling minigame, both parties realized the game was just not finished. Quite a few aspects of the original Dragon Age: Origins, which shaped the series, were completely disregarded. With Inquisition, EA and BioWare took the time to release a huge, immerse, and beautiful RPG worthy of its legacy. So what exactly are the differences between Inquisition and Dragon Age 2?

Well, for one, Dorian will be the first companion in the series to be strictly gay. That’s right folks, seduce him to your heart’s desire, but unless you’re packing a staff worthy of this mighty mage, your efforts will fizzle faster than basic fireballs launched at blood dragons.


Here’s a couple quotes from a recent Q&A with David Gaider (design writer) regarding Dorian:

[DRAGON AGE]: Let’s start at the beginning. What can you tell us about Dorian?

[DAVID GAIDER]: Dorian is a mage from the Tevinter Imperium, and his experiences are radically different from those of mages elsewhere.

[DA]: Dorian has been described as sharp-tongued, with a knack for producing a great quip even in times of grave danger. How would you describe him?

[DG]: Dorian is smart—perhaps too smart for his own good, really. He was raised in a society where both intelligence and wit are prized, where advancing yourself socially means outmaneuvering your peers, and he does so quite well… or, at least, he would if he didn’t see through it all. That’s left him rather jaded and sarcastic, naturally.

[DA]: Anything in particular?

[DG]: Dorian is gay—he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where “perfection” is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.


With that out of the way, let’s list off  the main 10 differences between Inquisition and its predecessor. While this isn’t quite packed with information, it’s what we know so far and what we’ve seen at E3. So stay tuned for in-depth information regarding each of these aspects over the next few months until October 7th.

  1. Full, dynamic open world
  2. Horse Riding
  3. Full armor and Weapon customization
  4. Large cast of followers
  5. Returning favorite followers from the last game
  6. A new, improved advanced tactics window
  7. Dynamic, modern lighting and major graphic improvements
  8. Choices that effect entire play-through and the world around you
  10. Dorian. (That mustache is exquisite)


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