Electronic Arts and Bioware announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition on Monday, the next chapter in the award-winning role-playing franchise. The game is in development at Bioware in Edmonton and Monttreal and expected to be released in late 2013.
The new game will combine the storytelling legacy that BioWare is known for with deep RPG gameplay and will feature a brand new RPG engine utilizing EA’s Frostbite 2 technology.
“The Dragon Age team has been working on Dragon Age 3: Inquisition for almost two years now,” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal. “We’ve been poring over player feedback from past games and connecting directly with our fans. They haven’t held back, so we’re not either. With Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, we want to give fans what they’re asking for – a great story with choices that matter, a massive world to explore, deep customization and combat that is both tactical and visceral.”
The franchise has sold over 8 million copies to date and has spawned novels, comics and an animated film.
The game’s executive producer Mark Darrah confirmed some details of the game in a letter posted on the game’s official website.
• The next game will be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
• We won’t be talking about the story of the game today. Though you can make some guesses from the title.
• This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. It’s composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers.
• We are working on a new engine which we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization. At PAX East, we talked about armor and followers… Yeah, that kind of customization. We’ve started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.
Added Flynn, “At the same time, we know we need new technology to truly make this vision become fully realized. And we’ve been working with DICE to make Frostbite 2 the foundation for the engine that is going to power Dragon Age 3.”
No platforms were announced, though with the second game being released on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC those platforms are likely. It remains to be seen if the title will see a Wii U release as well.