BioWare’s Mike Laidlaw discusses the Rivalry system in Dragon Age 2

Wednesday, 9th February 2011 14:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

BioWare’s Mike Laidlaw has shed more light on the interaction system in Dragon Age II, mainly the Rivalry system which the development team didn’t feel was a good fit for Origins.

Speaking with Gamespot at an event for the game, Laidlaw described the Rivalry system for Hawke and members of his party as a way to “agree to disagree.”

Laidlaw also chats a bit about the storytelling element, and how with two different people poking around Hawke’s backstory, it gives the player a different perspective on the character they will be playing.

You can watch the video interview below, but be aware that it contains a lot of background noise.

A demo for Dragon Age 2 will be released on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 February 22. It’s out on March 8 in the US and March 11 in Europe.

Previews for the game went live yesterday, as well as a new trailer featuring Hawke and the different roles players can choose for him in the game.



  1. spiderLAW

    Just to make it clear. This Mike Laidlaw fellow is a relative of mine so he is a genius like the rest of us Laidlaws. So take a bow…. LOL

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Michael O’Connor

    @1 If he’s really related to you… tell him to ignore all the idiot fanboys bemoaning the changes being made for the sequel. I, for one, love where they’re going with this. The story looks like it’s going to be especially interesting.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. RickyWicky

    Totally agree with Michael. DA2 is looking to be really incredible.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mightyhokie

    Yeah, until Bioware lets me down, I’ll assume everything they do is a masterpiece. Its funny how people who have never coded a single line of script, never drawn so much as a circle, never written more than a high school book report, can fool themselves into believing that they could possibly make a better game than a team of professionals.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. psybass

    at first i though the changes looks suck, but the more gameplay i see the more i getting excited! i definitely buying the PC version!!!

    #5 4 years ago

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