Mar 20, 2012

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Bioware Plans to Listen to Fans for Dragon Age III

Bioware Plans to Listen to Fans for Dragon Age III

In case you don’t already know this, I’m an enormous fan of Dragon Age. I really love the lore and the world, and Bioware has created some phenomenal characters. That said, I think I’m with the majority when I say Dragon Age II was a colossal disappointment. Apparently, Bioware has listened to its fans and plans to take the series back to the drawing board, shelving DAII (meaning: no more DLC), and asking fans to give their input about where they’d like the series to go next.

Executive producer Mark Darrah posted an open letter to fans on the official forums:

Hey everyone,

With last week marking the one year anniversary of the release of Dragon Age II, I wanted to take the time to share some news and some great milestones we’ve had lately with Dragon Age.  And though I can’t say too much, I also want to briefly address what is coming in the future.

First, I was delighted to hear that the Dragon Age brand has passed one million “Likes” on Facebook!  This was an incredible reminder for me, and our entire team, that there are a lot of  you out there who are invested in the franchise and who want to explore the world more. From all of us, I want to send a massive thank you!

Next,the latest and greatest patch for DAII is out, addressing a number of the issues you have helped us track on our tech support forums. Thank you again to those of you who took the time to submit feedback in order to help us make the game better.

And finally, while we will still be keeping an eye out for any issues that might crop up in DAII and supporting the community should any emergencies should arise, we’re moving the entire team’s focus to the next phase of Dragon Age’s future.

You’ve most certainly heard the rumors floating around, and unfortunately I can’t really comment on them.  However, what I can say is that we’ve been thinking a lot about Dragon Age – what it means, and where it could go.  This past year, we’ve spent a lot of time both going back to the “BioWare vault” of games and re-examining them, and looking at some new possibilities that today’s industry allows.

With that, the next thing for the Dragon Age team members and I to do is hear from you, and not just on the forums, or Facebook, or Twitter.  We’ll be attending a number of conventions and gatherings, including PAX East in April.  The most valuable thing we can get out of those meetings is to hear from you on those same topics – what does Dragon Age mean to you, and where would you like to see it go?  We’re excited to hear what you have to say!

On behalf of the entire team, we are incredibly eager to reach the moment when we can tell you more and show you where we are taking Dragon Age.  But for now, thank you for your continued support, and we will be back here with more as soon as we can.

Thanks,
Mark

This is relieving news, and makes me wish I was personally going to PAX East so I could tell him myself what I long for: simply more of what makes me love the franchise: the incredibly rich history and innate conflict of the world, along with the vibrant characters. Give me choices and an chance to experience that “more,” and I’ll be happy. Playing the “empty” yet expansive Kingdoms of Amalur makes me hunger for more Dragon Age even more.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to flash back to the time when elves were still immortal and the Wardens still rode Griffons? I also wouldn’t mind seeing another shift in art style to more of what the concept art for DAII looked like (pictured above). I love that look.

What about you? If you’re a fan of the series, what would you like to see in the next game?

[Source: Bioware, via Kotaku]