Dragon Age II Details: Voiced Main Character and Combat Changes Headline Tweaks

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Following the game's reveal last week, details are trickling in about BioWare's Dragon Age II, which is due out in March 2011 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Game Informer has some details up on its website and the Dragon Age community is cataloging additional information from early issues of the magazine. I won't detail everything here, but there are some key points to point out.

First, players will take the role of Hawke, a human warrior, rogue, or mage, who escaped The Blight during the events of Dragon Age: Origins, fleeing north to Kirkwall. "Dragon Age II begins as the events of Origins are still taking place, so you may see some familiar events from a different angle."

The conversation system will be much closer to Mass Effect 2's with players choosing from a type of response to give, and the dialogue continuing with a fully-voiced male or female version of Hawke. I actually really like this change. I found myself skipping a lot of the voice-acting in Dragon-Age: Origins because I could read it faster than it was spoken. Now that the conversations will play out a bit more cinematically, I'm optimistic.

On the combat side, the PC and console versions of the game will feature different combat systems. "The PC version implements the same strategic approach afforded by a mouse-and-keyboard control scheme," but "rather than try to mimic the PC experience on consoles, Dragon Age II has a battle system more tailored to the strengths of the PS3 and 360."

Many more details can be found in the latest issue of Game Informer. A trailer is scheduled to be released on August 17.