Bioware: “Polarized” opinions on Dragon Age 2 are “better than apathy”

Tuesday, 2nd August 2011 16:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bioware writer David Gaider has said he and Dragon Age II team found the polarizing opinions on the game “surprising,” but being vocally upset over the change gameplay mechanics is better than tital disinterest.

Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra, Gaider reiterated that DA2 can’t be everything to everyone, so the team just picked a vision, stuck with it, and made it as best as possible.

“If there’s anything that’s surprising it’s just how polarized some of the reaction has been,” he said. “There’s a lot of love for Dragon Age among our fans, and that love can translate into passion.

“In my opinion, that’s better than apathy, even if it forces you to filter out the extremes. However, the criticism should not be dismissed as simple nostalgia. There are fans who felt disappointed… and there’s a feeling [on our team] that we want to improve from the groundwork we’ve laid down.

“At the end of the day, Dragon Age can’t be everything to everyone – so we simply have to pick a direction and make it the best experience we can.”

The latest DLC for Dragon Age 2, Legacy, released last week on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 July 26.



  1. Kabby

    Not if the polarization is 80% Bad, 20% Good.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Sini

    I’m not interested in DA3 unless public floggings recorded on youtube take effect on people responsible for this POS sequel.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB


    At least the original is still solid enough for many replays to come.

    Maybe 10 years from now it’ll get passed on to some more ambitious developers and we’ll have proper sequels.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. saay00

    Sorry to be grammar/spelling schtick, but that’s not the correct use of ‘disinterest’ (which means impartiality). It should be a lack of interest, or uninterest.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. unacomn

    I think Steven Colbert said it best: “How is the weather like up your own ass”.
    It was a shallow cash grab. And hey, I’m OK with cashgrabs, Fallout 2 was a cashgrab and it’s one of the best games ever made, but in implied effort. Dragon Age 2 was about as superficial as you can get and still be able to cover it up with tons of marketing and PR.

    #5 3 years ago

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