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Second Dragon Age novel “The Calling” to be released in October

Tuesday, 15th September 2009 15:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Tor books has announced that the second novel based on Dragon Age: Origins is to be released on October 13, for $14.99.

Dragon Age: The Calling, written by David Gaider, takes up where The Stolen Throne left off with King Maric allowing the Grey Wardens to return to Ferelden after two hundred years of exile.  However, one of them has run off and aligned himself with the darkspawn, and the Wardens need Maric’s help to find him.

Cool.

The game’s out in November, and both novels help fill-in the backstory for the game.

Full press release is below the break.

EDMONTON, Alberta & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) and Tor Books, the largest publisher of science fiction in the world, today announced the publication of Dragon Age™: The Calling, a new novel set in the world of Dragon Age™: Origins, BioWare’s highly anticipated dark epic video game releasing this November. Veteran video game developer and Dragon Age: Origins lead writer, David Gaider, follows up his debut novel, Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, with a thrilling new adventure set in the dark and epic fantasy universe of Dragon Age: Origins. Dragon Age: The Calling is scheduled to release on October 13, 2009, for $14.99.

In Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, Maric set out on a mission of vengeance against the faithless lords who were responsible for his mother’s death. Now, having reclaimed the throne, King Maric finally allows the legendary Grey Wardens to return to Ferelden after two hundred years of exile. When they come, however, they bring dire news: one of their own has escaped into the Deep Roads and aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn. The Grey Wardens need Maric’s help to find him. He reluctantly agrees to lead them into the passages he traveled through years before, chasing after a deadly secret that will threaten to destroy not only the Grey Wardens, but also the Kingdom above.

The team at BioWare has created a fantasy world on a scale unprecedented in the world of games — filled with compelling characters, gripping storylines, and hidden terrors. Dragon Age: The Calling is a rich, sweeping epic that will captivate avid fantasy readers and gamers just weeks before the launch of one of the most highly-anticipated fantasy RPGs ever.

In Dragon Age: Origins, players take on the role of a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians who have served as protectors throughout the centuries. Only they have the power to unite the shattered lands, defeat the Archdemon and drive back the darkspawn that threaten to destroy the world. Players will interact with many interesting characters who may join them in their quest, and they will choose whether these characters become friends, foes, or even a romantic interest. Featuring a deep and compelling story where every choice can have a dramatic impact on the game, Dragon Age: Origins is scheduled to release on November 3, 2009 in North America and November 6, 2009 in Europe for the PC and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and later in November for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

Dragon Age: Origins is rated M by the ESRB. For more information about Dragon Age: Origins, visit www.dragonage.com. Pre-order the game now at www.eastore.ea.com.

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5 Comments

  1. Aimless

    Going off the trailers we should just be glad it isn’t an audiobook.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    Actually the first novel was rather good.I read it on the plane back from GDC. No George RR Martin or anything, but certainly less rambling and less confusing.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Aimless

    I was having a dig at some of the incredibly stilted VO work and bizarre soundtrack choices rather than the writing. I mean this is how they’re actively choosing to represent the game…

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    Good now I have an actual release date for The Calling. I can’t wait. The first book was by far the best “Game” book I have read, I really felt like I was there with all the characters. David Gaider should keep at writing books aswell as writing for games.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. endgame

    r u kidding Steph? the first novel was ground breaking. but it only cost ~10$, so why is this one nearly 15!? f**k sake bioware! :)

    #5 5 years ago

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