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Hi fellow Dragon Age: Inquisition fans!

 

I just bought the Official Xbox Magazine featuring their preview for Dragon Age Inquisition. (It came out today in a Singapore bookshop)

 

Below are points that I hope you will find noteworthy and enjoy reading:

 

1. There will be 5 regions in Dragon Age: Inquisition: Fereldan, The Free Marches, Orlais, Nevarra and the Dales:

  • 2 of the areas you can expect to visit are; a war-torn region in Orlais and an elven burial ground, known as the Emerald Graves.
  • The Emerald Graves, according to executive producer Mark Darrah, is where the Dalish Elves planted one tree for every soldier killed in the Exalted Marches.
  • According to the magazine, while enemy levels don't scale to your characters, you can affect environmental changes to drastically influence local settlements, establish trade routes, capture territory and disrupt the local ecosystem.
  • Wild flora and fauna, useful for crafting can be hunted to scarcity, allowing other species to proliferate.
  • Defeating intelligent enemies like bandits or dragons will have a significant effect on a given region.

2. Dragon Age Inquisition Companions:

  • There will be no DLC Companions: According to Creative Director Mike Laidlaw: "Because of how deeply enmeshed in the system companion characters are, we can't just add them on the fly; part of them has to be shipped on the disc...which was led to criticism that we're forcing people to pay for content they already own. It's not the case, but we've decided this time to not go that route. There will be no DLC party members."
  • Solas is an apostate and an expert on the Fade.
  • The Iron Bull is confirmed as a companion, who is described as "a one-eyed mercenary and outcast from the Qunari faith"
  • Sera is confirmed as a companion, and is described as "an elven archer. Little is known about them [referring to both Sera and the Iron Bull] at this point, particularly Sera, who turned up seemingly on accident during one of several combat demonstrations..."

3. The Dialogue Wheel:

  • "We have three wheels that we use in response to any given piece of dialogue" says Gaider. "One of those is what we call the 'tone wheel', which is mostly for role-playing choices. The other two are the 'choice wheel'- for taking an action or stating an opinion-and the 'reaction wheel,' for emotional moments"

4. The Inquisitor:

  • There will be 4 voices for the Inquisitor 2 for each gender, for all races
  • To address why the same voices apply to all races, Mike Laidlaw made the following statement: "It's a matter of file size...if we were to have eight voices, two for each race, we would be shipping on 14 discs or something. We figured that with four voices, that would give players enough options while staying within our size limitations"
  • Bioware is currently exploring options to differentiate the voices, like changing the pitch of the audio.
  • The Prologue Section (or the "Origin" section" will be the same for all players. The player's appearance, class and dialogue responses during the prologue section will fill in the details, presumably of the Inquisitor's background, and in particular inform how other characters respond to you throughout the story.
  • The Inquisitor is the sole survivor of a reality-shattering event which results in the Fade tearing opening throughout Thedas.
  • "Presumbly as a result [of the Fade tearing open throughout Thedas], you're also endowed with a singular ability: you can close these rifts wherever they appear throughout the continent."

5. Endings:

  • "Bioware is promising a staggering 40 possible endings for the game, dependent not only on choices made in character generation but by actions taken throughout the storyline. [Mark] Darrah stresses, however, that the endings will all be meaningfully different from one another. You won't find 40 endings with only slight degrees of variation between them."

6. Customization:

  • Armour weights are no longer class specific. Meaning a rogue can wear a mage's robes, and a mage can wear a warrior's armour. The magazine speculates the penalties will be similar to the  fatigue penalties used in DA: Origins

7. Other information:

  • There will be a jar of bees, which can be used as a combat item which according to Bioware: "You throw it, the jar breaks open, and little bees fly around stinging your opponents."

I hope you guys will enjoy the information provided!


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Interesting. Very interesting — especially the part about 40 different endings.


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Thank you for the info.


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40 possible endings !? How will they carry all those variables in DA4 ? ( and no, I'm not refering to The Keep, but their implications in the world state) 


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Magic?


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Thank you for the info.

 

You're welcome! Happy to help!



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40 possible endings ? How will they carry all those variables in DA4 ? ( and no, I'm not refering to The Keep, but their implications in the world state) 

 

 

short answer, probably will not. and meaningfully different may not mean what you may think, at best assume it'll be like the da: o ending slides.


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"Bioware is currently exploring options to differentiate the voices, like changing the pitch of the audio.​"

 

That's awesome, thanks Bioware.

 

Also, thanks for taking the time to write down the information OP.  :) 


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... is it wrong that the thing I'm most excited about is the jar of bees? I was happily reading about everything else and then JAR OF BEES, OMG!

 

So now we have six confirmed companions plus the Grey Warden, and we know there won't be a DLC companion. It's officially impossible for Cullen, Cole and Dorian to all be companions, even if they were going to skew the gender balance six male three female.


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Wondering about the reactivity of the ecosystems and how will the 'proliferation' of other species work
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I'm salivating. I want this game right now so badly. I just want to play it and replay it and replay it again.


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... is it wrong that the thing I'm most excited about is the jar of bees? I was happily reading about everything else and then JAR OF BEES, OMG!

 

So now we have six confirmed companions plus the Grey Warden, and we know there won't be a DLC companion. It's officially impossible for Cullen, Cole and Dorian to all be companions, even if they were going to skew the gender balance six male three female.

 

 

probably is.. I personally can't tell if it's a joke or not.



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40 endings? While i'm sure i will love the game, i doubt i'd have that much stamina  :blink:


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40 different endings huh? Are we talking *real* endings or *ME3* rushjobs? ... 'Cause I seem to remember another Bioware Producer, Mike Gamble, boasting about the exact same things for Mass Effect 3 and we all know how that turned out.

 

How do we know that this time it's the real deal and not "Destroy The Fade / Control The Fade / Merge with The Fade " ? (and then of course, throw all criticism back in our faces under the guise of "artistic integrity")

 

Mass Effect's Bioware talkingheads promised the moon and stars in the run-up to ME3... and now here we are have all these things promised yet again. How would one know this is "legit"?


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probably is.. I personally can't tell if it's a joke or not.

 

 

though it doesn't mark new companions out for expansions.

 

One big good ol' expansion with more new characters and story.

 

i miss those.

 

hopefully inquisition gets one greenlit after launch


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I find really interesting the way our actions can change the world... it's a features many games have shown before, but in a very semplicistic way. I hope we will se real changes based on our decisions


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40 different endings huh? Are we talking *real* endings or *ME3* rushjobs? ... 'Cause I seem to remember another Bioware Producer, Mike Gamble, boasting about the exact same things for Mass Effect 3 and we all know how that turned out?

 

How do we know that this time it's the real deal and not "Destroy The Fade / Control The Fade / Merge with The Fade " ? (and then of course, throw all criticism back in our faces under the guise of "artistic integrity")

 

I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Actually, I'm more waiting til I hear it from his own mouth, to make sure his quotes weren't taken out of context or mistranslated or anything before I'm gonna cast judgement.


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I'm a bit skeptical about the "40 endings with more than minor variation" bit. I'm also not convinced that the prologue will be identical between different race backgrounds. I believe they may mean that they take place in all the same places and follow the same general sequence of events, but the context and details may vary.

I'm happy to hear about the lack of armor restrictions though. And we now know for sure that the Inquisitor is the only one that can close the tears, explaining why they became the Inquisitor in the first place.
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Thank you for the info.

 

Excited about the companions. Sera seems fun and Iron Bull is a nice breath of fresh air. Looks like we will have a nice crew of different companions.  I do hope not the one male LI option will be filled with Cullen, though. And add hair in Solas and give us the Gray Warden, and I am a very happy girl.



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Bees? I can haz bees as a weapon? I might get confused and think I'm playing BioShock.
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... is it wrong that the thing I'm most excited about is the jar of bees? I was happily reading about everything else and then JAR OF BEES, OMG!

 

So now we have six confirmed companions plus the Grey Warden, and we know there won't be a DLC companion. It's officially impossible for Cullen, Cole and Dorian to all be companions, even if they were going to skew the gender balance six male three female.

 



probably is.. I personally can't tell if it's a joke or not.

 

n7stormrunner, I understand your reaction, and the OXM writer seemed to have shared the same reaction:

 

"Jars of bees?" We[OXM Writers] ask, when we're told about the combat item during a later Q&A session...[I skipped the part where Cameron Lee explains about the jar of bees' effects] "You're serious here? A jar of bees?"

 

"We're serious," creative director Mike Laidlaw confirms, with a decisive nod.



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40 different endings huh? Are we talking *real* endings or *ME3* rushjobs? ... 'Cause I seem to remember another Bioware Producer, Mike Gamble, boasting about the exact same things for Mass Effect 3 and we all know how that turned out?

 

How do we know that this time it's the real deal and not "Destroy The Fade / Control The Fade / Merge with The Fade " ? (and then of course, throw all criticism back in our faces under the guise of "artistic integrity")

 

if i see a hint of a god-like entity that appears at the very end that gives you 3 arbitrary choices (with all 3 being choices you don't want) regardless of what you did through the entire game....

 

*inhales deeply*

that didn't happen, that didn't exist, everything is fine,that didn't happen, that didn't exist, everything is fine,that didn't happen, that didn't exist, everything is fine,that didn't happen, that didn't exist, everything is fine...  :devil:


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So whats the problem with the bees? I can think of several cases in which they could be usefull in a fun mission

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Thank you so much for posting this!


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"Bioware is currently exploring options to differentiate the voices, like changing the pitch of the audio.​"

 

That's awesome, thanks Bioware.

 

Also, thanks for taking the time to write down the information OP.  :) 

 

Thank you for the info.

 

Excited about the companions. Sera seems fun and Iron Bull is a nice breath of fresh air. Looks like we will have a nice crew of different companions.  I do hope not the one male LI option will be filled with Cullen, though. And add hair in Solas and give us the Gray Warden, and I am a very happy girl.

 

No worries guys! Happy to help!