News: Bioware’s Dragon Age 3 devs have told fans development will be open but cautious, a lesson learned from Mass Effect 3.
Bioware have been quiet about the Dragon Age franchise during the Mass Effect 3 release cycle, not wanting to tread on each others toes at all. But now, with the Mass Effect 3 out and on the shelves, the game can be more openly discussed. The first point of call it seems is answering the disappointment directed at Dragon Age’s sci-fi cousin.
Mike Laidlaw, the lead designer on the Dragon Age series, has taken to the forums to address fans’ qualms. First up, he wrote they will be having a more open development. Though, rather than talk up a feature which is later scrapped they’d ”rather show than tell.” This is in response to fans lamenting promised features that didn’t appear in the release of Mass Effect 3.
“I can tell you X is going to happen,” wrote Laidlaw, “but if I can demonstrate it, then we can both be reasonably assured that it’s well under way.” However, this is with the caveat that “-everything- is subject to change.”
In light of that, he wrote in another post that although there will be walkthroughs, live chats and the like “It won’t be immediately, since we want to actually have things to show,” suggesting the game is still quite early in development.
Other details revealed in a separate post were that Laidlaw is staying on as lead designer. That the protagonist will remain voiced (a change from silent to voiced took place between the first and second Dragon Age games). And that, as with Dragon Age 2, you’ll play a whole new character with a new party, as “starting over with new characters provides us a chance to tell new stories in the place and time of the Dragon Age, rather than just one character’s story.”
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