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Dragon Age: Inquisition has playable Qunari, tactical view

Monday, 2 September 2013 00:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Dragon Age: Inquisition is on show at PAX Prime this weekend, with BioWare revealing a fourth playable race and other interesting snippets during a panel and preview sessions, as well as gameplay footage and new screenshots.

Gamespot reports both male and female Qunari will be available when the player creates their Inquisitor.

The other major reveal from recent press showings is that Inquisition will feature a tactical view on all platforms, allowing players to pause the action and view battle from a top-down perspective. This mode was available in Dragon Age: Origins, but was missing from Dragon Age 2.

Cassandra and Varric from Dragon Age 2 have been confirmed as party members.

Eurogamer got some early footage of the RPG in action which you can check out below, along with some screens. Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2014. It will have dragons, and you’ll be able to craft a custom backstory since you may not be able to import saves due to platform changes, although imports are still on the cards.

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24 Comments

  1. Biscuitpants

    looks weird as fuck

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Rafa_L

    Great news!

    I’m starting to believe I’ll give this franchise another chance =)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. wildBoar

    I know it’s the name of the game, grabbing posts from other sites, but seeing that Eurogamer logo on VG still made me wonder for a second there. Hopefully you’ll just drive up their hits though.

    And nice to see some weighty combat in rpgs finally, this still looks soo campy in comparison to the Witcher though.. I’ll propably want to replay W3 more than picking this up when it drops.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. infernalism

    Yeah, I’m going to wait a long time and read a LOT of reviews before I pick this up, if ever. I’ll never forget two things.

    1. EA owns BioWare.
    2. Dragon Age 2.

    Always be careful with Bioware.

    The Witcher 3? Pre-order.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    This looks fantastic and it looks like they are really trying to take the good parts of each game and bring it into this game along with its own perks like using Frostbite 3, destructible environments, more open areas, etc. I can’t wait to play this.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dark

    @5 1+

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Yeah… Frostbite 3. More like “I dunno wat to do wiz zis engine” another studio.
    So far EA tells me to preorder Witcher 3 and that’s good.

    and yeah, shitty battle system is still here but now with tactical view. Woohoo… you can do a barrel roll with heavy armor. Don’t forget that big-huge two-handed sword goes through shield. Impressive collision there.

    and what’s the point of big locations (open-world like locations) if most of them are empty and lifeless like in this trailer?

    do a barrel roll with that weaboo heavy armor!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    It’s been a good while since Bioware has shown anything halfway worthwhile.

    This is pretty, for sure, but it just looks completely tame in terms of what’s actually happening. I’d rather do a second run of Darksiders 2.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    This is Dragon Age II.5

    btw. wheel dialog is going to return…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dark

    Nah this is Dragon’s Dogma 2.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    There is really nothing to gauge of the game yet as it is still deep in alpha. It has more than a year to go. So considering this is in Alpha this is pretty damn impressive.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. sebastien rivas

    This is still too early to state this is DA2 all over again but it surely sounds like Bioware “may” listen too much to EA.
    This combat style of ease in/out, click a button the character slows 1/4 second then bam in your face and also smash down an enemy with a High shield/tower shield down to china inspires me that EA dropped in and said this game is not 8~12 years old enough, give me some ouplahey and massive visual strength, the player should feel stttrrrrrooooooonnnnnggggg arghhh!

    Though it is still very early, it sounds like Bioware does NOT like me anymore. I wait, see, and pray they will wake up with reasons and better judgements.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Mr Sparkle

    FOR THE QUN!!!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. G-Sama

    graphics are really shit compared to my expectations … i’m sorry to say this looks waay current gen ..
    i’m not saying that because i’m a graphic whore (though i might be :D ) , but because i really want to see an rpg where graphics truly shine..
    oh .. right , forgot the witcher 2 ..
    well , gameplay is fine but i did expect a little bit better mechanics
    still .. i loved origins , liked DA2 , let’s see if this will deliver or if it’s only a hit-and-miss

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ddtd

    The game is still a year out, so its a little unfair to pass judgement on a pre-alpha build.

    Also, IGN reported that while the combat is paused you can give your party orders. It didnt specify if or if not you could cue up multiple commands, but sounds promising.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. roadkill

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT!! This is looking wicked! :D

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Edo

    @14 Sorry to inform you but you need to wear glasses…..”graphics are really shit” smh…

    #17 2 years ago
  18. gulfy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IML4hhg8Yz0 There are three youtube vids from Pax prime. The Girl taking the Vid is a bit excited though. Each vid is listed under the first one.

    Having wasted months in DA:O and only just started DA2 (for the back story to go with the new game) I have high hopes for this one.

    It does remind me a lot of Reckoning the Game though, especially the Melee.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Paranormal Pett

    I love the fact that they have brought isometric view back. Also with allowing the movement and set up of individual characters and where they should stand. Check out the 3rd video in Gulfy’s link and go to 4mins 25secs (even though you should watch them all.) I’m now really excited for this. For pre alpha, it is looking sick.

    What does every one think of only allowing a certain amount of health potions per mission and heading back to your main keep? No regenerative health bar, it should add an interesting element to things. Wonder if you can use health spells though?! any one heard on that?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Froseidon

    @14 – this is pre-alpha dude. All the way through PAX Prime, the words “pre-alpha build” were at the top right of the screen.

    Also, for anyone interested, this YT channel has all 3 parts of the PAX demo (off-screen): http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvYvEPqiC4TjnftGq-HG6UA

    Edit: Didn’t realise gulfy had put this here before, my bad!

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Uncontested

    Doesn’t look or feel like Dragon Age… Looks more like they’re trying to rip-off a bit of Skyrim and a bit of The Witcher.. Dragon wing helmet? I really hope that shits optional and not what you have to wear the whole game.. they also need to get away from the ‘pre-built’ outfits that DA2 had… I hated that crap.. I want to customize my guys with what I want them to wear… -sigh-

    #21 2 years ago
  22. TheWulf

    Interesting, and a step in the right direction.

    Also, damn it, I knew I should have completed Dragon Age II. It also devolves into the same save the world nonsense. Goddammit BioWare. STOP THAT. The rest of the game is actually interesting.

    I still feel rotten over how the most interesting thing to be done with a fantasy world is apparently saving it by swinging our penises egos swords around.

    I’ve seen a lot of Inquisition, lately, and part of me wants it to be a good game. A good game which isn’t about saving the world, because I’m so blasé with that plot right now. It’s sad that an old PlayStation JRPG pointed out what was wrong with that, even. Yet here we are, and we might be doing it again. There are surely more interesting things to do in a fantasy world than exercise the most boring power fantasy of them all?

    No?

    See, I look at Dragon Age, and I can’t help but wonder what the story is of the Darkspawn and the dragons. Maybe it’s completely different to what we’re told on the side we’re forced to play, maybe that’s all propaganda and they’re angry about some past transgressions, maybe they have good reason to be upset, maybe they fear for their own.

    Who knows? I don’t. All I know is what I’m told about them by other people from a very one-dimensional perspective. And I don’t feel I have enough information to actually make any claims against them. I’d like to have a bit of a chat with one of those dragons to find out what’s really going on.

    What could make this more interesting, at least, is if saving the world was seen as committing genocide from another perspective, and if the campaign could be played from multiple perspectives.

    That’d be something.

    I want Inquisition to be better, but it probably won’t be. It’s likely going to be the same, one-dimensional foes, over and over again. Mass Effect delighted me by taking away the one-dimensional nature of the Reapers. Through the Mass Effect games, I absolutely hated that the Reapers and the Collectors were basically Space Invaders. They were being dicks because mysterious reasons, and it was annoying.

    I’m so, so sick of one-dimensional villains. I was tired of that in preschool.

    Hell, even Saints Row IV has a better villain than the usual BioWare games. Good grief, SR IV even made you question who the true villain there was. That’s more than BioWare has ever done. Are they afraid gamers will have an ever-loving freak out if their villains aren’t one-dimensional?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. TheWulf

    Still, it’s a step in the right direction, I suppose.

    I’ll have to wait to see where BioWare go with this. It’s weird to be filled with dread and cautious optimism.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. gulfy

    For me its a mash up of other games, but that is not always a bad thing, take the best of those and make yours better. So far I will be wasting another few months on this when it drops, most of 2015 lol.

    Its the building your “empire” so to speak that is what is calling to me this time round, far more involved than DA:O with just an army to find.

    DA2 at the mo is pretty dire, just playing it to get some back story for when this one drops. But the story seems ok ish and sets up the new game quite well.

    I just wish I could have carried on with my Warden(s) :(

    But so far its way more DA:O than DA2, you can fully equip your team members, tactical play.

    It does draw on Reckoning very much though, area bubbles, with passage between area’s, defo the melee side, and skyrim for the art style.

    I just hope they dont go the pre-order cobblers of previous and have loads of different gear split across different stores, hate that.

    Straight up plain game and then release the packs as DLC, or even rewards for doing an area, so you clear an area, get to lvl 10 say and you get a reward pack of new items, as a gift from your “allies”.

    That would work well I think, tie them into the story not just overload the character at the begining.

    #24 2 years ago

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  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

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  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

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  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

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  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

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  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

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  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

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  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

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  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

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  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

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  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

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  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

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  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

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  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

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  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

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  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

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  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

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  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

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  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

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  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

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  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

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