Dragon Age 3: Inquisition Announced

By Ishaan . September 17, 2012 . 8:20am

Electronic Arts and Bioware have announced the next Dragon Age role-playing game. It’s titled Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, and has been in development for close to two years.


“We’ve been poring over player feedback from past games and connecting directly with our fans,” says Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal. “They haven’t held back, so we’re not either.”


He continues: “With Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, we want to give fans what they’re asking for—a great story with choices that matter, a massive world to explore, deep customization and combat that is both tactical and visceral.”


Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is being developed using EA’s Frostbite 2 technology, developed by the Sweden-based DICE and used for Battlefield 3. Bioware say they’re working with DICE to make Frostbite the foundation for Dragon Age 3’s engine, and that several members of the Dragon Age: Origins team are working on the game.


Electronic Arts haven’t announced a release date for Dragon Age 3: Inquisition yet, but say it’s coming in late 2013. They mention that the Dragon Age series has sold over 8 million copies to date.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    lol oh boy, this’ll be good.

  • Sound like the first one. Let’s wait. 

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

     I am a great fan of the series and recently I read through the novels again but I am not going into this game with as much high hopes as I did with Dragon Age II.

    Fingers crossed that they fix what they did in the last entry… Shame though they are going to make us play as a new hero. I loved both my Warden and fem Hawke so moving away from them yet again will be strange…

    Still good luck Bioware you’ll have to try extra hard this time to win back some fans you annoyed last time round. You won’t have to try for me though because I acknowledge that DA2 was a good game despite its flaws.

  • ffboi7

    I’ll hold my expectations until I see more information. DAII got a lot of hype from me only to disappoint me.

  • Ty Arnold

    “With Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, we want to give fans what
    they’re asking for—a great story with choices that matter, a massive
    world to explore, deep customization and combat that is both tactical
    and visceral.”

    Doesn’t Bioware promise all of this in literally every single game that they make?

    • TheRealMalek

       If my memory didn’t fail me they promised more “fast paced action” with dragon age 2.

      The excat point that most fans hate…

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    What platforms is this coming too? Ill definitely get it and definitely commit more time to running through them, as I do have the previous ones.

    • TheRealMalek

      My guess is PC, WiiU, next xbox since it’s coming in “late 2013” with an new engine.

      • KHSoraKeyBlade

         You forgot PS3.

        • British_Otaku

          Is it safe to bet that EA are still targetting all of their big games on the current generation of games consoles? Sure, the 720 and PS3 aren’t here yet and there is only one 8th generation console, the Wii U (aside from the PC which is every gen)… >_>

          I guess EA will probably play it safe till all three systems are on the same terms…

          • KHSoraKeyBlade

            Considering the game is in development and has been for a bit now I think it is being made for current systems.
            Mass Effect 3 being on the Wii U is most likely where the consideration for a Wii U version of Dragon Age 3 comes from. The game is out late next year so its anyone’s guess what system it is on. PC and PS3 are the two that I am certain about though. It depends on whether there will be a new Xbox announced or not next year. If so then it can be guessed that DA3 will be on it.

            Who knows though.

          • TheRealMalek

            I forgot PS3 for a good reason : the new engine.

            Ps3 graphic hardware is aging and it becomes more and more difficult to obtain great reasults without tons of work behind (The new engine is DirectX 11 based so not really “ps3 firendly”).

            So they have two options : pre-render all (like battlefield 3) or deliver a butchered version.

            I am hoping for a non butchered version but only time will tell…

          • Syn

            @twitter-41790447:disqus The Wii U is basically a current gen console with a different controller, its not that far ahead of the 360/ps3, it like the way the wii was basically in the same gen(in terms of graphics, gamesize, etc) as the Ps2 or Xbox, so if Dragon age 3 will be on the Wii U, chances are it will also be on the 360 and Ps3

  • Jake_Indiman

    Dragon Age 2 had excellent acting. Poor game play. We shall see if Bioware can redeem themselves. 

    • kupomogli

      That really depends on your preference.  It was more action oriented while still having a lot depth to it. 

      The major flaw I saw in Dragon Age 2 was that most quests were going back and forth to different parts of town and talking to people to finish the quest  When you actually went to any decent sized dungeons, the game was actually fun.

      • Luis Enrique

         Depth? It had no depth whatsoever, it was basically seeing what made more damage and waiting for skill cooldowns to finish to rinse and repeat, no status effects, modifiers, nothing at all.

        • SauriansMaster!!

          I disagree with you there, on the hardest difficulty, the only way to get through the game was by using cross class combos. Also, no status effects? I believe there was stun, freeze and others. Also there were modifiers that abilities gave, such as group cloaking abilities. The only change is that there isn’t a massive stat screen to see all the changes.

      • amagidyne

        Backtracking is one thing, but nearly all of the side-quests were set in the same cave, basement or shoreline. They went nuts with it. Re-using assets is inevitable, but geez.

        If they put some of the first game’s features into the sequel, like being able to set gear for your whole party and/or having more dungeons and places to go, I’ll be happy. If they actually release the mod tools this time, I’ll even install their terrible DD service.

  • O.O

    “Choices that matter”, i’ve heard those promises before…whaaaaat i have a positive mind

  • I’ve already pretty much have the lowest opinion I could probably have for Bioware at this time.

    So they; theoretically, only can go up from there. . . right?

  • Lunar_Outcast

    Do they still want Call of Duty’s audience?

  • Göran Isacson

    Inquisition… wonder if that means we will be playing AS mage-hunters, or AGAINST the mage-hunters? Perhaps Anders rebellion took off in full swing, and we will get to take our sides in the conflict?

  • I love the complains everyone has and had towards DA2 while it was a pretty cool game, with great characters, a really cool fast paced action battle system(yes I actually think DA2’s battle system was better than the lame and slow as hell Origins’) and a good enough story to keep me going. Only complain I can accept is the reuse of the same environments all the time, which I agree with, but saying a game sucks because of that…? I get it by now, you’re all pissed, Origins was the uber god game, whine whine whine.

    Anyway, I’m really pumped up to hear about a 3rd game. I hope it’ll rock my socks! And I hope some characters are returning, as I think Hawke’s story is still ongoing.

    • harmonyworld

       Finally, someone who share my sentiments!

  • masaYT

    Loved Origins, hated DA2 but am still excited as hell for this game,
    i’m sure BIOWARE learned their lesson from DA2.

  • Curan_Altea

    Most of the issues I had with the second one (which I still loved) should be adressed, especially since they’ve been working on this fot almost 2 years, and it’s not coming out until late 2013.

  • Colonel Custard

    Why Frostbite engine? Sure the engine for origins was not perfect but, hey it was good and with more tweaking could be better.(Not that I am saying the Frostbite engine is bad is just seems lazy on part of the dev team)

  • Loukas Stamatakis

    “a great story with choices that matter”For some weird reason i cant trust bioware!Hmm i wonder why!

  • Man…all this nonsense about choices the matter…so overrated! In every Bioware game that “choice matters” is all about choices that go Good/Evil with your mates. There are no choices that impact the world so players will benefit a different experience, it’s all about some reply you will get from your mate. The concept is great but in practice I didn’t see it and in order to make it work you have to add some save system like Demons/Dark Souls so players can’t save/load and manipulate the “outcome” and stick with the one that fits him/her. But then again if you do something like this the game will be branded a hardcore one, you would have to live with your decisions till the very end and Bioware/EA won’t do such thing because it will narrow the appeal. So the easy thing is to sell this “choices that matter” and offer smoke and mirrors. I just finished playing Mass Effect 2 The Almighty Choice Game and to be honest I didn’t do any difference in the galaxy with my choices…o.O if persuading some mate to kill or not x where x is a nonfactor is viewed as Choice the Matters then Bioware PR did a very good into selling this mirror. Again the concept is great but if you would actually make use of it the game will become a true hardcore experience.

  • Fitzkrieg

    So, Bioware is once again starting up the hype machine. Well, I’m sure that some people will like DA3 and some people will hate it. Me, I’m probably going to give it a pass since the I found the first game fairly dry and was told the second game wasn’t worth playing.

    But, with all that said, I will continue to vigilantly monitor Bioware’s announcements in the futile hope that I will hear word of Jade Empire 2.

  • Love this series, really enjoyed the first one and unlike the majority, also really liked the second one.

    The long wait gives me enough time to go through it again and make it perfect. Alistair still a Grey Warden? No thank you.

  • RaineNythra

    I can see it now!

    An ending where you sever humanities connection to the fade, with flashy red effects! No more dreams, no more mages, but no more demons!

    An ending where you take control of the Golden City and rule the fade, with special blue effects! All your mage are belong to us!

    An ending where you merge the human world and the fade, with sparkly green effects! Everybody becomes like Anders!

    I can’t wait!

  • Elemiel

    I never finished the first or the second, but they’re really fun games. I only keep stopping because my party members kept getting mad at every little thing I did. >_>

  • Ben Sylvia

    Here we go.

    Will they deliver on their word and make a truly epic game like Origins?
    Will they have a crap shoot ending that enrages the fanbase like Mass Effect 3?
    Will Hawke and the Warden fight to the death?
    Will We ever find out what the [REDACTED] Flemeth is?

    Find out these answers and more on the next exciting episode of: DRAGON AGE!!

  • harmonyworld

    I hope the gameplay won’t be slow and boring like the first dragon age.
    I really loved the battle gameplay of DA2.
    But maybe it’s just me, I really don’t mind button mashing.
    At least I hope they feature a dodge roll, dashing or running, and some jumping.
    It’d be great for battle and would make a little more interesting that running around and slashing your sword also more fun then standing in place and spamming your magic attacks.
    I also didn’t like being in the menus all the time in the first one and it all seemed very confusing to me.

  • Z3

    Even though I didn’t really like DA2’s linearity and recycled dungeons, playing as the Sarcastic Hawke was just awesome and its like the only you can play the game IMO



  • XiaomuArisu

    Here it comes!
    Still need to beat DA2.Sarcastic Hawke ftw!

    • Z3

      You need to beat it now or the magistrate will have your head

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