If you spent a significant time playing Dragon Age 2 and were disappointed with the overall result, we have some interesting news for you. Bioware has revealed this week that they are currently in the thought process regarding a third game, and that development influences for the game may include aspects from a certain Bethesda 2011 game of the year.
While Dragon Age II was a solid sequel in the popular franchise, many gamers will agree that it wasn’t as good as the excellent Dragon Age: Origins. The game still performed well on Metacritic though, reaching its highest score of 82/100 on both PC and PS3. There were a few controversies along the way though, one of them being a public backlash regarding DRM support for the game, and the other being when it was found out that a member of Bioware’s development team had given the game a user review score of 10/10.
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The good news, is that EA and Bioware are looking to improve on all aspects in Dragon Age 2 that they didn’t get right, in the follow up game which has yet to be given a release date. There’s millions of you playing Skyrim right now, and you may be interested to know that Bioware are planning to include influences from Bethesda’s recent RPG epic, and hinted that Dragon Age 3 may have ‘much more of an open world feel’.
Here’s a few words from BioWare boss Ray Muzyka, taken from a recent interview with Wired:
”[The next Dragon Age] is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it’s also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel. “We’re checking [Skyrim] out aggressively. We like it. We’re big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product. We think we can do some wonderful things.”
How much of Skyrim they use in the next Dragon Age game though remains to be seen. EA has obviously seen the financial success of Skyrim and are looking to emulate that with their ‘product’, but we do like the idea of Dragon Age 3 being much more of an open world game, since this was clearly lacking in Dragon Age 2.
If you played the previous game, what are your thoughts on the news? Are you happy for DA3 to take elements from Skyrim or would you prefer a different approach from Bioware?