Dragon Age’s elves hate humans, aren’t “angelic,” says Muzyka

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 17 April 2009 18:47 GMT

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Dragon Age: Origins isn’t just another generic fantasy RPG with Tolkein-style elves and humans, BioWare has told Gamsutra.

“Elves in Lord of the Rings are very angelic,” said company boss Ray Muzyka.

“Dragon Age flipped that convention on its head. Elves are not special — well, not to everybody. To themselves, maybe; but to humans, they were a slave race for a while. They were enslaved, captured, and defeated.

“As a result, there’s a hatred. The elves hate the humans. The humans despise the elves and regard them as second-class citizens. Imagine playing as an elf in that world, interacting with humans. Imagine playing as humans traveling to the origin and seeing how elves were treated. You have that opportunity.”

Game’s out for PC, 360 and PS3 later this year. Full interview through the link.

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