Dragon Age 3 may feature more exploration than previous titles

Wednesday, 5th December 2012 14:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bioware’s Aaryn Flynn has hinted that Dragon Age 3 could feature more exploration, with the developers taking a page out of Skryim.

Speaking in the latest issue of Game Informer, Flynn said exploration should be empathized in RPGs, and used Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights as two examples.

“You can’t look at a game like Skyrim and not think about how impressive what they’ve accomplished is—or [think] that’s an interesting new direction or that there was something that didn’t work well for them that we could take in a new direction,” he said.

“So, we’re always influenced by these games, especially in a relatively tight-knit genre like RPGs.”

Dragon Age 3 is slated for release during EA’s FY14, and its rumored the game will be a next-gen release title.

Via Kotaku.



  1. Ercarret

    Is it me, or do Bioware seem obsessed with Skyrim? Again and again, “Skyrim is great!” Granted, Skyrim is great, but it seems a little weird to cycle back to that praise so much when so little has been said of DA3 itself.

    I don’t want to know what they like in Skyrim; I want to know stuff about their own game. Then, if there are similarities with Skyrim, they can of course discuss them. But right now, focus on your own stuff, Bioware.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. roadkill

    It would be very nice.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. fearmonkey

    For every decent open world RPG game like skyrim came many others that tried and failed or achieved less than Bethesda. Skyrim is all about the exploration, story is secondary. Dragon Age is all about the story, exploration 2nd. Most of the Open world RPG games that have failed or were less interesting (Arcania:Gothic 4 comes to mind) tried to be both as well, and didnt really achieve it.

    I wouldn’t want them to lose the story in favor of exploration, but if they can manage both or at least add more exploration to Dragon age, then it would be a welcome change. The most frustrating thing about Dragon age is that there was so many wonderful environments but you just zoned there. You never really felt like you were traversing a huge world. If they can give us the feeling of a big open world but with the great stories and characters DA is known for, it could be an amazing game.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TheWulf

    I have to say… tight-knight is an amusing typo.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. roadkill

    @3 Guild Wars 2 has both. At least so far.. I’m still very low level but I’ve been enjoying every second of it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Astral Frost

    This is precisely what Dragon Age needs, I think. It doesn’t necessarily have to be as open as Skyrim, but environments ought to at least have more openness to them.

    #6 2 years ago

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