Dragon Age PAX panel hints at Orlesian setting for DA III

Tuesday, 10th April 2012 23:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

While stressing that nothing has been announced or confirmed, Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw dropped some huge hints on the franchise’s future during a panel at PAX East 2012.

Having closed the doors on Dragon Age II, Laidlaw said BioWare is, as ever, harvesting player feedback before approaching the franchise again.

He noted three main points, all of which the developer will try to address, including an exhortation to “stop reusing levels”.

Laidlaw showed what seemed to be concept art of open landscapes and some sort of camp, and said BioWare hopes to explore space and openness, bringing something fresh.

“If we really have to go somewhere urban, let’s not go to Kirkwall,” he added ruefully, to laughter from the audience. “Let’s go somewhere new. Maybe somewhere a little more – French.”

Orlais, a country bordering Dragon Age: Origin’s Ferelden and Dragon Age II’s Free Marches, is populated by voice actors with French accents. Just saying.

Laidlaw also said he hopes to include “decisions that matter”, including those made in previous games, and that BioWare is working on import problems and “weirdness” noted in earlier releases.

Finally, he addressed the issue of equipment for followers, with the comment “Yah. It’s back.”

After demonstrating how a shared piece of armour can change the appearance of a party member without detracting from his or her distinctive look, and again emphasising that nothing is set in stone, Laidlaw said that “in theory” players may be able to customise colours and even fabric of armour items for party members.

He also deadpanned a hypothetical party containing a Gray Warden and a Seeker. “A Seeker,” he emphasised, although the character shown looked a great deal like a face familiar to fans.

You can watch the panel below, courtesy of Gamespot.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. LOLshock94

    pray to sithis that this is not true

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    I would be all for this and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for DA3.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    I don’t care anymore. Almost all Bioware games this generation sucked ass.
    I enjoyed Dragon Age: O though, but DA:O II was so bad that i completely lost interest in the franchise.

    This year there will be RPG games like Risen 2:Dark Waters from mighty Piranha bytes and that’s enough. Not to mention about hack and slash games like Torchlight II, Diablo III and MMORPG – GWII.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. LOLshock94
    ^this is what happened when ea brought bioware, they were loosing there shit

    #4 3 years ago
  5. jacobvandy

    @3 Dragon Age: Origins was in the works for 5-6 years as a PC-oriented game IIRC, before EA forced them to port it to consoles and market it as a dude-bro violence-fest. Everything else since then (ME2, DA2, and ME3) was developed for only about two years each and simultaneously with at least one other game…

    We need to beware of anything BiowEAr puts out from now on.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. endgame

    Well, I’ve watched the video yesterday on their blog and I admit that I was pleasantly surprised. Jessica looks hot, more than usual when dressed like that. ;) She was funny. Mike was funny. The entire video was funny. :) And I like where they’re going with Dragon Age 3. Environments look awesome. Orlais should be interesting to explore. The new armor system sounds good. I like it that they will allow each character to wear anything while still keeping their class signature feel. So yeah. I’m excited about this game. Hopefully EA/Bioware will not f**k this up again as they did with some of their recent titles.

    #6 3 years ago

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