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Dragon Age 2 confirmed for March 2011 release on PC, 360 and PS3

Thursday, 8 July 2010 16:55 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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BioWare has confirmed that Dragon Age 2 will release in March 2011.

The sequel charts the rise to power of Hawke, a survivor of the Blight.

Platforms are now confirmed as 360, PS3 and PC.

BioWare boss Ray Muzyka said today that the original Dragon Age “was one of the most successful in BioWare’s 15-year history and one of the most successful new IP launches in the 28 year history of EA.”

Executive producer Mark Darrah added that the developer is “amplifying the things that made Dragon Age: Origins such a huge success while introducing a more dynamic combat system, improving the graphics, and telling the most important story in our world.”

Dragon Age 2′s story will last ten years of game time, and set that player as Hawke, “a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age.”

BioWare promised today that “the way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever.”

Epic reveal

It’s been a good day for BioWare fans indeed: GI earlier showed Dragon Age 2 as the cover for its next issue, to which EA confirmed that the RPG sequel’s first trailer will be shown during its gamescom press conference next month.

First concept art has been released, as you can see below.

GI mentioned that the game takes place in “a different part of the world” of Ferelden, and includes “a ton of surprising improvements that will shed even more light on the lore of the Dragon Age universe.”

The details were backed up by the following from the game’s official site, giving first bits on plot and confirming a new visual style:

Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.

Key Features:

  • Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
  • Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
  • Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
  • Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
  • Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.

Pretty awesome, si?

It’s been all dragon, all day. It was spotted this morning that BioWare was set to announce the sequel, just as the developer teased on Twitter that it would be “a great day for BioWare fans.”

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37 Comments

  1. onlineatron

    EDIT: Nevermind

    It looks like Samurai Jack :/

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Soong

    Looks like Duncan.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington

    Looks like my Dad when i would wet the bed

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    Updated. First trailer’s coming at gamescom.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    First art added.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    looks gritty

    #6 5 years ago
  7. mington

    I really didn’t get on with the first one, stopped playing it after a few hours. The leveling up pissed me off, too much choice :/

    I didn’t want to fight with a sword and shield….but thats all i had for the first five hours, and that what i popped all my Exp points into….which then became a complete waste if i’m not going to use a sword and shield, and it takes bloody ages to level up, i want to be able to have fun and have perks with multiple weapons, and once i released it would take me an age (a dragons age) before i had a character who was good with multiple weapons i popped it back in the post

    hopefully, they’ll make it a bit more streamlined like they did with ME2

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Dralen

    Looking forward to it. Good to know Bioware are still pumping out the RPG’s.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve added in a fair bit of detail there from the official site.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. endgame

    sweet! :D any word on new books?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mington

    a new visual style!

    If that concept art is anything to go by, maybe it’ll be comic booky like darksiders?

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    Looks more comicy, yep. There’s another piece of the main character on the official site. Definitely more cartoony.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. mington

    Large whole GI cover pic
    http://media1.gameinformer.com/imagefeed/featured/gameinformer/covers/dragonagecoverspread.jpg

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll add that in.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. mington

    Here’s the DA2 website picture RAW
    http://na.llnet.bioware.cdn.ea.com/u/f/eagames/bioware/dragonage2/announce/top-01.png

    …and what looks to be the games cover art

    There’s silhouettes of people under the dragons wing, i wonder if they’re all the team mate you can get

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Patrick Garratt

    Those have both gone in. Ta.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    The art style reminds me of something else and I can’t figure out what it is.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Patrick Garratt

    That main image reminds me of Dante’s Inferno a bit.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Old MacDonald

    Very interesting. I have high hopes for it. OTOH, I was somewhat disappointed by the direction they took with Mass Effect 2, and I hope they’re not doing the same thing here.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. DJ Deathstar

    @ Mington

    I really hope they don’t streamline this like they did ME2, i want an actual proper RPG where i actually have to make choices regarding skills and strategy

    #20 5 years ago
  21. loki

    mediocre like fist one

    #21 5 years ago
  22. fdelfino

    I hope the game graphics looks like these images. Nothing against the first game graphics, they were awesome, but it would be fun if the game had a more cartoony look.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Hunam

    Seems a bit quick.

    Slightly concerned.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    @23

    It hasn’t been this game was finished for the PC back in APril 2009 than EA/bioware gave DAO to a 3rd party to port. Devs were mentioning in the forums that they were already working on the concept of DAO 2 and if DAO did well as far as sales they would be ready.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Hunam

    I suppose your right. Plus the engine and tools would be complete from the last one and the team would be great and using them.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. RomaTotti10

    Great news. The Witcher 2 will also release Q1 2011 so they can’t just slack off.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Phoenixblight

    @25

    I honestly don’t think they will be using the same engine. The difference between DAO and DAO 2 will be EA backing them so lot better talented team and more money to support them.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. MushroomStamp

    I hope the new fight mechanics means they curtailed the need to micromanage every fight. I loved DA at first because of the story and character building. However I couldn’t finish it. The micro managing every battle became too tedious for me. I never had to micro manage this much in any other RPG ever. So i’m hoping their new mechanics make this more accessible.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. OlderGamer

    To me the first game felt too scripted. I would be interested in more freedom. But I guess that games like that are already out there and more are on the way.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Phoenixblight

    @28

    Never played old school RPGs then? Especially Baldaur which DAO was supposed to be a tribute to.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. MushroomStamp

    Actually I played the crap out of BG, but that didn’t have the depth of micromanaging that I had to for DAO. I also find the “scripting” in DAO to be overly complex and never could get it do what I wanted exactly. I got to about 60% in the game and then just stopped.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Phoenixblight

    Hmm I assume you had the console version which I had also. I didn’t mind the micromanaging until my 3rd playthrough. I can totally relate though. I hope they find a better way for consoles maybe similar to Mass Effect on AI.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. LePlatypus

    Erthazus has been quiet for a while i expected him to criticise everyones opinions on this post

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Moonwalker1982

    New combat system, now THAT sound interesting cause i stopped playing the first one cause for me the combat was horribly lame.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. hitnrun

    The micromanaging wouldn’t have been so bad if it was actually a tribute to Baldur’s Gate, instead of to whatever Bioware’s last game was.

    Even “zoomed out” with the computer version, you could only see a third of “sight” range on your screen. Once fights start getting out of control – as fights will – teleporting the camera from place to place to reuse cooldowns was just awful.

    WoW’s vast array of cooldown abilities work because the game is multiplayer. Everyone is controlling just one character. Baldur’s Gate and its cousins, by contrast, had you controlling 6 characters, but you only needed to micromanage your spellcasters. As fun as it was to play Minsc, he could take care of himself.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Gadzooks!

    I loved every minute of my 100+ hours of Dragon Age playthroughs. The combat scripting wasnt perfect, but it was manageable and the stories and characters more than made up for it, IMO.

    Will definitely be buying a sequel.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. LOLshock94

    @2
    u made me piss my pants with laughter

    #37 5 years ago

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

    Ubisoft employee, Julien Risse, may have inadvertently confirmed Watch Dogs 2, thanks to his online CV over at LinkedIn. Videogamer.com spotted the slip up, in which Risse lists Watch Dogs, the DLC Bad Blood, and Watch Dogs 2 on his profile. Creative Director Jonathan Morin has already talked about his ideas for improvements for the […]

  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 isn’t released until November 6, but you can already hand over your cash for the Season Pass. The Season Pass is available for pre-purchase on Steam for £34.99, and will cover four DLC packs – although the details we have on the content are limited to ‘exciting’ at this […]

  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

    Sony’s PlayStation business has made an operating profit of 48.1 billion yen ($404m / £261.5m) in the past 12 months. That’s thanks to stellar sales of the PlayStation 4 and PS Plus, even as sales of the PS3 have stalled and the company wrote off costs for the PSTV and PS Vita. The profit puts […]

  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

    Dirt Rally gets a new patch three days after release on Steam. On Monday, we reported that the newest Dirt game has popped up on Steam’s Early Access and is available to pick up for £24.99, as well as giving you an eyeful of tasty screenshots. The patch – released yesterday – fixes some issues […]

  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

    New screenshots released on the official facebook page for The Witcher 3 show Geralt annihilating a winged beast, out and about in the world exploring, and living the life of Reily amidst a bustling feast. We were already treated to some glorious screenshots a few days ago, but these new ones are in-game and give […]

  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

    Technobabylon more like Wrecked-yo-babbling with my smooth flow about how good Wadjet Eye games are. I don’t know y’all, it’s clock off time and everything feels like a reach. Wadjet Eye makes pretty good adventure games – award winning, in fact. The latest project to spring forth from the benevolent, sheltering hand of the label […]

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

    Danganronpa is selling quite nicely, thank you, says NIS America. Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novel puzzlers in a similar vein to games like 999. Two of these have been released for Vita in the west – Trigger Happy Havoc and Goodbye Despair. Speaking to MCV, NIS America CEO and president Takuro […]

  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

    In this J-Stars Victory VS+ trailer, we see – uhh. Well. We certainly see some things. Look y’all, I was a massive weaboo in high school, but that was back in the dark ages when we had to take out Manga Entertainment VHS tapes from dingy little specialist rental joints that were literally underground, and […]

  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

    In today’s episode of “what will they think of next”, someone’s figured out how to post playable versions of classic games in tweets. For some time now, Twitter has allowed you to embed various forms of media in tweets, most noticeably YouTube videos, simply by pasting a URL into the compose field. Turns out this […]

  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

    WWE 2K15 may be the series’ PC debut, but it’s already getting into the spirit of the platform. WWE 2K15 does indeed support mods on PC, 2K’s Marcus Stephenson has confirmed. @ElementGamesTV you can. Now buy. — Marcus Stephenson (@stephensonmc) April 28, 2015 As Destructoid points out, this opens the door to all sorts of […]

  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

    Overkill’s The Walking Dead is one step closer to your grasping little paws. Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be published by 505 Games, Overkill parent Starbreeze has announced. 505 also published Payday 2, Overkill’s previous title, so the two companies have established a working relationship. In a press release, the publisher said the co-op title […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]