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So at the Bioware panel we watched the video that was released at PAX, so you can watch that for the general gist of Dragon Age Inquisition. But we did get to ask some questions after the video. I don’t know if any of this info is new, but I thought I’d post it up.
The romance options will not be released until sometime next year. Gaider said he’d like to release them February 14th, but that just seemed like a desire rather than a set date. They said the reason for this is they don’t want to say someone is romanceable, only to find out they don’t have time to program it in and then disappoint people later on.
The Qunari you can play as are Tal-Vashoth. This means you can make your female Qunari a warrior if you so choose (traditionally those women who follow the Qun do not typically fight)
There will be mounts you can ride, but they have no plans for mounted combat. It isn’t ‘Dragon Age Chevalier’
Morrigan is not a party member, not romanceable, but she is also not just a cameo. She will play an active role. Gaider said a lot of our questions after DAO should be answered with regards to Morrigan.
The writing team looked at a lot of history when building Thedas, and drew from a lot of cultures and societies when creating their worlds. For the Qunari they first looked at Muslim society during the Middle Ages with regards to their advancements in technology and medicine among other things, and then branched out from there into other cultures. The art team also has a lot to do with how a group of people will look, and what real world cultural influences will be brought into their society.
Still no word on if Varric is romanceable
We should find out what is going on with Hawke and his/her disappearance
[Edit] Your inquisitor does not start out as an inquisitor, so I am assuming we get back-story to the point where they join the ranks of the inquisition.
That is all I can remember right now. Most people were actually asking questions about the video game industry and how to get into it/marker themselves/make games/etc. because I don’t think they can honestly say much more than what has already been released in all the trailers and gameplay footage they’ve released.
So yeah, nothing really new, but interesting none the less. If you don’t want to watch the video (the videos aren’t very high quality), I can sum it up for you guys (when you walk through mud you actually get bogged down!).
After you receive health damage, it does not regenerate, making potions far more invaluable than before.
Limited healing items require the player to consider approaching enemies or avoiding them.
New types of potions and actions for non-mage players: Rock Armor potion, Antivian fire bombs, etc.
Dialog wheel returns but when you highlight certain options it gives you a longer, detailed, explanation of what each decision does.
Player Agency / more tactical decisions. You can burn enemy ships so they cannot retreat, or fight them head on.
Keeps are a new type of mechanic. Each “keep” holds a tactical position. You can lose keeps or defend them. Whether or not you decide to defend them in person effects your inquisition’s “morale”.
First area of Dragon Age: I is bigger than all of Dragon Age 2 combined. (holy shit)
Enter caves and other locations seamlessly. No loading screens.
Micromanaging / changing your party’s equipment and armor returns.
Forge your own weapons and armor — then name it.
Weapon enchantment effects return. (Fire Swords)
"Intense alchemy system"
Tactical view for every platform. After you initial your orders in tactical view, you can then stay in tactical view while your orders are being carried out.
Certain classes can interact with the environment. Tanks can act as a battering ram to infiltrate fortresses, mages can set things on fire or “brittle” rickety bridges without the use of bombs or potions. Environments can be destroyed.
Enemies no longer spawn from ceilings or randomly appear.
Player can create “walls of ice” to isolate enemies and box them in.
DA:I Cover Story (Game Informer, Sept. 2013 issue)
this is the end of the actual article but there is bonus content in the form of a video which I THINK I saw floating around earlier today and there is a screenshot gallery featuring a lot of the images you see in the article with one sentence captions on them, these give little gameplay details that are probably covered in the main text but I will toss them up too