Bioware Discuss Bringing Dragon Age Expansion To Retail

By Ishaan . March 7, 2010 . 1:03pm

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With EA publishing Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, a retail expansion pack to Dragon Age: Origins later in March, industry site Gamasutra caught up with online producer at Bioware, Fernando Melo, to discuss why Awakening is being published at retail rather than as a digital download.

 

The answer, according to Melo, is fan demand. "We already had some thinking around it," he told Gamasutra. "The team has been working on Awakening for over a year, but the idea of releasing it as an actual boxed product came from a lot of what the fans were asking for."

 

Melo went on to elaborate that Awakening was developed as a "content" and story expansion, meant to explore the Dragon Age lore, rather than a "features" expansion (even though it does feature re-balancing and the ability to re-spec), and that further content to continue to drive this initiative is in the works.


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  • Ereek

    It’s still too expensive, especially with all of the other releases this month.

    he team has been working on Awakening for over a year
    Yay for expansions being created before the final game is even out. More ways to leech money from the consumers!

  • Hraesvelgr

    Kind of expensive there, bros. But hell, I’m a BioWare fanboy, I’ll be buying it. Problem is, with two other games coming out the same day that I want, I don’t know which to play first…

  • cepp

    £15 for an expansion pack’s a good price imo.

    • Ereek

      $40 is not a good price. I can buy a full game for that price. I have Infinite Space on Pre-order right now for $25 and free shipping. I bought DA:O Vanilla for $40 when it was on sale at Amazon after Christmas. If I can get the vanilla game for the same price as the “expansion” something is seriously wrong.

      • cepp

        £15 = $22 according to xe.com. $40 does seem quite expensive but I guess they figure people will pay it.

        • Ereek

          $39.99 is how much it costs in North America. I’d be a bit more willing to pay if it were $20.

  • NOJW

    Is Awakening’s launch actually imploding rather than exploding? Check out the fanbase disappointment and dissatisfaction (ahead of the official launch) surrounding the necessary patch to play the $35.00 Awakenings:
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/94/index/1626900/14#1716785

    And resellers of the preorder have jumped on Amazon.com in the last 48 hours from 2 to 6. Check out the Product Discussion forums there as well.

  • NOJW

    Is Awakening’s launch actually imploding rather than exploding? Check out the fanbase disappointment and dissatisfaction (ahead of the official launch) surrounding the necessary patch to play the $35.00 Awakenings:
    http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/94/index/1626900/14#1716785

    And resellers of the preorder have jumped on Amazon.com in the last 48 hours from 2 to 6. Check out the Product Discussion forums there as well.

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