Update 4 - New info on Dragon Age 2 continues to pour in. This time we have some info about the game’s updated combat, its dialogue system, importing saves and the first two screenshots of the game which are a little rough around the edges but give a good idea of the art style Dragon Age 2 is working with.
Firstly, the standard RPG dialogue tree that the original Dragon Age: Origins used is gone, replaced with a radial wheel reminiscent of the Mass Effect series. However, instead of basing your answers off their position on the wheel, the dialogue wheel will have responses clearly marked with different tones; anger, flirting, mad, etc.
Also, for the console gamers out there, the combat system of Dragon Age 2 will be getting an overhaul tailored to the strengths of the PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers. A system that will play to position and utilization of the control pad. For PC gamers, you’re Dragon Age 2 combat system will remain largely unchanged, delivering a "strategic combat" experience.
Lastly, Dragon Age 2 will allow gamers to import their saves from Dragon Age: Origins which will affect the world’s landscape for the sequel. However, if you never played the original title, Dragon Age 2 will be a perfect entry point to the series with a new lead character, new setting and new plot not directly tied to the original game.
And finally, how about them screens, huh? Here they are, courtesy of Game Informer. Click to enlarge.
Update 3 - There are some changes in design headed for Dragon Age 2. For starters, Dragon Age 2’s main character, Hawke, is going to be completely voice-acted. As detailed in Game Informer, this change in design will allow for a much more cinematic approach to dialogue and a better identity for the character. It will also eliminate those “awkward scenarios where you feel like your character should be reacting, but instead just stares blankly without so much as a grunt.”
Also, Hawke is all human, all the time. Dragon Age 2 is not like DA: Origins where you can create your character from a number of different races and social upbringings. In Dragon Age 2 you are required to play as Hawke, yet you can pick your gender, class and customize your appearance.
Furthermore, Dragon Age 2 will take place in a region of the world north of Ferelden, in a place called the Free Marches. Hawke will spend most of the game traversing the Free Marches, including the major population center of Kirkwall city.
Dragon Age 2 is also not about stopping a single entity or another blight. Dragon Age 2 is all about Hawke and his narrative journey. The game will span a 10-year timeline where players’ actions and choices will “determine Hawke’s history, relationships, and regrets…all in service to answering the larger question: Who is the Champion of Kirkwall?”
Update 2 - The game is scheduled to ship March 2011 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Update – The official website for Dragon Age 2 has gone live, showing off some details, concept art, box art and a save the date for the first official trailer (8/17/2010). Apparently Dragon Age 2′s story will span an entire decade and detail the lead character’s rise to power. There will also be new fighting gameplay mechanics and updated graphics with a new visual style. Here, check out the concept art posted on the site:
Original - Dragon Age 2 has officially been outed to the public. Originally, BioWare had posted on their Twitter feed that tomorrow (meaning today) would be a good day for BioWare fans. They were right.
After a name drop of the new Dragon Age title made it’s way into a press release regarding Warhammer Online yesterday, today sees the reveal of the August cover of Game Informer, spotlighting the BioWare fantasy RPG sequel.
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Now this announcement should come as no surprise. The first Dragon Age title was called “Origins”, obviously they were going to carry on with the story and universe. But it is cool to see the first glimpses of concept art for the title. Also, the cover mentions that Dragon Age 2 will take part in “a different part of the world” of Ferelden, feature a new lead character and have a large number of "surprising" improvements that will "shed even more light on the lore of the Dragon Age universe."
Stay tuned for more on Dragon Age 2, sure to imminently follow.