Dragon Age: Inquisition hero 'much more of an actor' than DA2

BioWare is still distancing Dragon Age: Inquisition from Dragon Age 2, as executive producer Mark Darrah explains how the inquisitor will share more in common with the Grey Wardens than the more reactionary Hawke.

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BioWare has been distancing the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition from the divisive Dragon Age 2. A recent interview with executive producer Mark Darrah sheds more light on which changes to the sequel were intentional, and how the Inquisition faction will bear more resemblance to the first game's Grey Wardens.

"Dragon Age 2, we decided we want to try something, to try to do very different storytelling, something much more personal, something much more tightly constrained. No chosen one, no clear overarching threat. I don’t think it was a perfect success, but that was intentional," Darrah told PC Gamer. "A lot of the other changes that are perceived, the overall scope of the game or the perception of the combat getting a lot simpler or waves and things like that--not intended, exactly. That was supposed to be more evolutionary. I think we just overreached. We pushed too hard."

He said that Inquisition is aiming for more of an Origins style of storytelling, with a clearer goal from the outset. To that end, he acknowledged that Hawke from DA2 was more reactive, while the Wardens and now the Inquisitor are much more proactive.

"In Dragon Age 2 Hawke is really a leaf in the wind," he said. "The story is very much about him reacting to the world pushing on him. In this case it’s much more about putting the inquisitor at the head of an organization that you’re reestablishing. This isn’t about being a Jedi, this is about founding the Jedi order. You’re definitely much more of an actor. You’re the tip of the spear. You aren’t waiting for the world to act upon you. You are acting upon it, both because you have an organization at your back. This gives you greater reach. You’re not walking into a camp and begging for help. You’re pounding down the gates of a castle and demanding that they come onto your side."

We'll see how close BioWare hits the mark when it releases Inquisition on October 7.

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    April 22, 2014 12:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Dragon Age: Inquisition hero 'much more of an actor' than DA2.

    BioWare is still distancing Dragon Age: Inquisition from Dragon Age 2, as executive producer Mark Darrah explains how the inquisitor will share more in common with the Grey Wardens than the more reactionary Hawke.

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      April 22, 2014 12:47 PM

      " ....I think we just overreached. We pushed too hard."

      Pushed too hard? More like sat too relaxed/lazily...

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        April 22, 2014 3:46 PM

        Yeah, devs these days don't like to admit that they fucked up. It's always the customer's fault for not 'accepting' or 'understanding' their vision.

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        April 22, 2014 8:58 PM

        sounds like they need squat toilets

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      April 22, 2014 1:00 PM

      I haven't seen any information about how this story relates to the previous two games. Has that been revealed?

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      April 22, 2014 2:18 PM

      No, the problems with DA2 weren't the storytelling.

      The problem was everything was overused, there wasn't enough variety. I got bored after a while because I had the feeling every quest were happening in the same cave but with some paths closed to give the impression of "new". That was rubbish and lazy as hell.

      Another problem was the fact the "BIG" event, the thing that was supposed to be your choice, your decision is taken from you by a complete moron with a zealot mentality. So technically, your choices don't matter, the nut-job does. Thanks a lot...

      Enemies spawning in waves out of thin air, do I need to explain why this is so wrong for so many reasons?

      The storytelling was fine, I loved the game personally, but the problems were real and totally not about storytelling.

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        April 22, 2014 2:32 PM

        The sign of a true fan is that one will provide strong criticism for which they love. Good on you.

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        April 23, 2014 6:26 AM

        The game also looked like a late generation PS2 game. Dragon Age: Origins was and and still is pretty.

        Dragon Age 2 is ugly, but the ugliest, but low poly everything and fuzzy textures everywhere ugly.

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          April 23, 2014 6:27 AM

          Not the ugliest. Gotta love auto correct.

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      April 22, 2014 2:45 PM

      Fucking hot

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      April 22, 2014 3:53 PM

      I just hope it's fun to play! Loved the first one and all it's DLC, but I don't need that again. The sequel was forgettable as a fart in a squall. I just want to explore some fascinating locations, converse with peeps, hit a dragon with a sword. Can't wait to see how it plays.

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        April 23, 2014 6:03 AM

        So much this. Also the new combat looks like it cools suck

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      April 22, 2014 8:16 PM

      These are some big words right here, sign me up, I want to test drive this model.

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      April 23, 2014 5:57 AM

      So, which system will you guys get it on?