It started with Dragon Age: Origins, moved on to Dragon Age II and then finally has come down to Dragon Age: Inquisition. So where did the letter 3 go?
Back then BioWare offered a public vote on what the fans wanted the third installment to be named. Once the poll was over we naturally figured the game to be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition. However no; BioWare wants to send a clear message that Inquisition has no relation with the previous two games and is a separate entity of its own.
“I think there’s always this debate over numbers versus no numbers, what works, what doesn’t work,” EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told IGN. “We felt like we wanted to bring more attention to the word Inquisition, because that’s more the story arc of what it’s like. There’s a whole bunch of gameplay and features and big story choices related to how you go through this Inquisition that happens in the world.”
Personally though I feel BioWare just wants everyone to forget there was even a second installment. Where Dragon Age: Origins was magnificent, Dragon Age II was a complete blunder. Fans weren’t pleased and so wasn’t I.
“It’s a tactical marketing decision,” Gibeau added. “There wasn’t anything that strategic about it, to be blunt. We just wanted to draw more attention to the fact that Inquisition is an all-new chapter inside of the Dragon Age universe, as opposed to people expecting a follow-on to Dragon Age 1 and 2 in a literal, linear sense.”
Gibeau’s last statement pretty much hammers the nail down. I would call this an excellent decision on their part. Make us forget that Dragon Age II even exists and just bring back an excellent storyline; something that we missed experiencing since Origins.
That said, Dragon Age: Inquisition still takes place after the events of the first two games. So technically it really is a sequel.
A new war has been waged between the Mages and Templars. Dragons have come back and are ravaging the lands. The player will be tasked with investigating the chaos and bringing everything to order.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is said to be more open-world compared to the second installment, which had a linear aspect in almost everything. As things were after the damage Dragon Age II did to the franchise, BioWare realized that a third installment should have the community’s feedback and suggestions thrown in the mix. I liked that notion and so did many.
The game has been confirmed to be in development for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. This is a great opportunity for BioWare to create something extraordinary using the new hardware and at the same time bring Dragon Age back to life.
“We’re going to have PS3 and Xbox 360 and PC versions of Dragon Age III, so there will be a very broad-based experience there, but the new platforms are giving us the opportunity to tell stories in much larger worlds with more features and more things,” Gibeau said. “From our perspective, we didn’t want to launch a “current-gen” game in a next-gen market. We took the opportunity to add resources, add time, and we brought in new technology. Frankly, we’ve raised our expectations.”