Hello folks~ And welcome to a short bite of some food for thought! I hope you all got your ugly mage hats ready, because Bioware just released a brand new trailer for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, which will be released on October 7th, 2014!
Because we all did not expect a Navarran inquisition, surely. But with this trailer opens up more questions—and still, fewer answers, especially to those important concerns, like if Varric is romance-able this time around…
As far as I can tell from this trailer, you play the Inquisitor, the lone survivor of a cataclysmic blast that killed thousands. In the power vacuum that understandably arises when about a thousand people—perhaps including some important figureheads—though you are the most suspicious character out there you are now the leader of the Inquisition, tasked to set order to the world that is slowly tearing itself apart. Thanks to events in the previous games, Mages and Templars rage against each other in furious bloodshed while the Fade—a metaphysical realm of great magical import—is literally tearing itself apart around you.
Really, all in a day’s work for your average RPG protagonist, right?
As a Dragon Age fan, I am quite excited for this upcoming game, for a variety of reasons. Mainly because it seems that with each new game Thedas has grown and grown; we started in Fereldan considered a back-country full of dogs and farmers, before it is ravaged by the Blight, then we moved on to Kirkwall, the City of Chains, and discovered hints of the wider world of Thedas—and the world-wide tension that’s been brewing. Old ways die and new ideas—and threats—emerge in the crumbling aftermath; with each new game, players have been introduced to a bigger, and bigger picture of the entirety of Thedas.
While I am sad that my adventures with my Grey Warden and her ragtag Fereldan compatriots are over, and my Hawke is probably hiding out somewhere in Rivaini sipping cocktails and chilling while the world burns, Inquisition looks incredibly promising. Sure, the Chosen Messiah-figure has been done to death in a fantasy setting, but perhaps unique to Inquisition is a much stronger sense that you are changing the world with your actions—instead of reacting to political turmoil or beating back Darkspawn.
For instance, the official website notes how your decisions will not only shape political/story aspects, but will apparently change the tangible, physical aspects of Thedas itself. After slugging through reused world maps in Kirkwall, the fact that actions will have visible consequences is certainly a big bonus for fans, and part of Bioware’s definite attempts at going bigger with the world of Thedas.
Also with the launch of the new official site, we’ve got more delicious information about other new, cool things… Like class information!
Much like previous DA games, we’ve got three base classes to choose from: Warrior, Mage, and Rogue—and with Inquisition comes specializations to add more flair to your base class type. Currently they only got the basics, but the flavor text is already wonderfully squee worthy, in my humble opinion:
Warriors may choose to be Champions, unstoppable defenders and protectors. Champions use their armor, weapon and awareness to shrug off incoming attacks while holding critical positions on the battlefield and protecting allies in the process.
Mages may be Knight Enchanters, one of the few Circle mages who have the strength of will necessary to focus their energy inward. Wrapped in protective magics and wielding blades of arcane force, the Knight Enchanters are rare, but inspiring sights as they lead the charge into enemy ranks.
Rogues have the option of specializing as an Artificer, creating intricate mechanisms that are the core of the artificer’s craft: Deadly traps; Distracting contraptions; Marvels of engineering turned to deadly purpose.
And another fine point to mention is the release of the “Digital Deluxe Edition”, which has caused much excitement sure, but for some fans: grief—especially if they already pre-ordered at a local Gamestop. The site itself stipulates that the bonus features found on the Digital Deluxe —such as exclusive gear, exclusive mounts, etc.—are only available for the PC download version, which naturally has left some fans miffed. Hopefully, though, some clarifications will be made sometime soon—I know we all want to ride into battle on a majestic Bog Unicorn.
So, while fans may nostalgically sigh over Dragon Age: Origins, or perhaps continue to slam on Dragon Age II (Which I think is a very good game but that’s just me)—I’m getting the feeling that Inquisition might be a very pleasant surprise for all. So grab those ugly mage hats, folks, and sit tight ’till October when we really settle into the structure-shaking chaos that is the Dragon Age.
Oh and by the way, it seems that Varric still isn’t romance-able. Sorry crossbow-wielding-dwarf fans.