Skyrim inspiring Dragon Age 3

Dragon Age 3 still hasn't been officially announced, but that hasn't stopped BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka from talking about the game. In a recent interview, Muzyka says the next Dragon Age installment will take notes from other popular RPGs, particularly The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

"[The next Dragon Age] is gonna have the best features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it's also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel."

"We're checking [Skyrim] out aggressively," Muzyka told Wired. "We like it. We're big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product," he said. "We think we can do some wonderful things."

He says one challenge is how to combine some of the innovations from Dragon Age 2 with experience fans enjoyed in Dragon Age: Origins. He says he realizes that equipping individual party members is "important to the players," as one note of feedback from DA2. In the past he's mentioned that merging aspects of the two games is important to the studio.

Cribbing from Skyrim may be a tricky proposition, though. Dragon Age, and BioWare games in general, contain fairly linear stories, so combining open world elements could prove tricky. Whatever BioWare has up its sleeve, Muzyka seems to like the direction.

"Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans," he said. "I've seen something in the last couple weeks that is really the future of that franchise that is so compelling, I am so looking forward to being able to announce it."