A group of industry veterans have started up a new free-to-play development studio, Rumble. The team consists of developers and executives from a variety of big name developers like Activision, BioWare, Blizzard, EA and Zynga...
“Legacy” comes from humble beginnings: Varric, our dwarven narrator, tells Cassandra, a Chantry seeker, that he didn’t tell her about Hawke’s excursion into the Vimmark because he “didn’t think it was important.”
An inauspicious start for the first piece of downloadable content available for Dragon Age II, BioWare’s biggest release this year.
But Varric’s explanation points to something vital about the Dragon Age series as a whole. Dragon Age II offers a surprisingly focused look at Hawke’s rise to fame in Kirkwall. The “Legacy” DLC doesn’t further that aim, doesn’t fit into the strict confines of Hawke’s character development.
But Dragon Age has always been, often explicitly, about world-building, and this is one area in which “Legacy” shines: it introduces a new area -- no seriously, it’s brand new, and none of its assets are recycled -- around Kirkwall while adding texture and detail to Thedas’ ancient history, to the Grey Wardens, and to House Hawke.
Electronic Arts has responded to Destructoid concerning the removal of Dragon Age II from Steam, claiming that this was not a choice the publisher made, but rather the result of some recent policy shenanigans triggered b...
[As originally posted on Japanator]
A little over a year ago, FUNimation announced a Dragon Age anime project, a surprising move for a company that normally focuses on translation and localization. Since then, we h...
On the day its "Legacy" downloadable content was supposed to be released, Dragon Age IIhas disappeared from Valve's Steam service.
With the recent launch of EA's own digital distribution service, Origin, there's been an air of tension between the mega-publisher and the Kirkland, Washington-based Valve. Electronic Arts has already confirmed that its upcoming first-person shooter, Battlefield 3, would not be available for download on Steam. In June, the EA-published Crysis 2went missing from the service, with the publisher later claiming the move was Valve's, due to a violation of Steam's terms of service.
For what it's worth, our sources indicate that the game being pulled may be directly connected to the availability of the "Legacy" downloadable content. EA was offering the content by way of an in-game store, which may be a violation of the latest version of Steam's terms of service. If this is the case, EA and BioWare would have had to re-write parts of the game software just for Steam, simply to conform with Valve's standards. It's possible that EA's refusal to do so may have led to Valve yanking the title entirely.
We've reached out to both Valve and Electronic Arts to get the official word on what's going on with the disappearance of BioWare's role-playing game.
BioWare and Electronic Arts have announced that the first major story-based add-on content for Dragon Age II, "Legacy," will be hitting on July 26. The add-on will feature new areas (including underground areas as you explore...
New DLC for Dragon Age II is supposed to be announced during Comic Con, according to the game's Twitter account. However, the achievements for the upcoming Legacy DLC have already been listed on Xbox360Achievements.org.
TOR books has announced that they will be publishing a third novel based on the fantasy RPG series, Dragon Age. Like the novels preceding it, Dragon Age: Asunder will be penned by BioWare Senior Writer David Gaider. The ...
Hello my little darlings. I've got another one of these awful awful Destructoid Show videos for you:
Uh-Huh-Yeah-Sure News: The PSN store is supposed to be working next week. Okay, moving on. Graduation Present News: The new Xbox firmware update supports Paypal, and you could get a free 360 if you buy a new computer soon. Fraudulent News: The first DLC for LA Noire is coming out next month. That was quick. Conceptual News: The concept art for Battlefield 3's reinvention of Wake Island looks wicked rad. Obvious News:Dragon Age 3 is a thing that's happening. Also, inFamous 2 is coming out soon because they finished making it.
Also, Bytejacker's Anthony Carboni and I recorded a commentary for xXx. The uh. Vin Diesel movie. This is hopefully part of a new thing we do called Movie Fail. Check out the details here.
In news that will shock absolutely nobody, BioWare has confirmed the existence of Dragon Age 3. The announcement comes by way of creative development director Alistair McNally, who put the word out via The Twitters.
"I'm looking for exceptional environment artists to join me at #BioWare Edmonton, Canada to work on #DragonAge3 #gamejobs #jobs #3D #artists," he said.
Environment artists? So we might have more than two environments in Dragon Age 3? Wow, we truly have entered the next generation of videogames!
Today is the beginning of EA Week on Steam, so be on the lookout for new daily deals until May 9.
Currently, the discounts apply to all things Dragon Age. Joseph examined Dragon Age II in his review, and as far as the PC vers...
You've picked up a controller to play the latest game from your favorite development team. It's called Policemanofficer 2, and to the best of your knowledge, its similarities to Policemanofficer 1 are clear and expected. You'll take control of Policemanofficer, you'll police the streets, and you might even upgrade some skills and stats. All in a day's work for Policemanofficer.
As you reach the end of the game, something changes. The game begins to feel ... wrong. It's a sense of surrealism you cannot put your finger on; as you fight, you notice little abnormalities. Enemies turn from thugs and gang members to women and children as they fall, and your once friendly fellow officers turn their weapons on you. Suddenly, the game shifts to show you the real events of what you've been playing out. Far from an officer of the law, the carnage you have been perpetrating has been against innocents, and the events you thought you were experiencing were merely the delusions of a madman.
Terrible way to make a game? Perhaps, but it's a reality we may be approaching. Recently, two high-profile sequels have surprised us by straight up lying to us, using their gameplay to trick, manipulate, and mislead the gaming community. And I've loved it.
What follows is definitely not laden with spoilers, but your trust in my words may be misplaced.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Destructoid.com and Revision3 are proud to bring you another episode of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Destructoid Show. (I totally just made all that up.)
In tonight's episo...
BioWare says Dragon Age II has sold more than one million copies in less than two weeks, and as a thank you note they are offering a free copy of Mass Effect 2 for PC to DAII owners.
Go here if you own Dragon Age II, just enter the code for the online pass that you got with the game (The Black Emporium DLC) and the rest should explain itself. Even easier, or if you had previously registered the code on BioWare Social but threw away the card with the code, just log in and click the "Lost my code" link to automatically activate it.
Activation should work regardless of the platform you bought the game on (it's a code after all), and apparently the free copy of Mass Effect 2doesn't come with Cerberus Network access totally comes with Cerberus Network access and some DLC, haha!
[Thanks everyone who sent this in, and Max for checking activation protocol]
BioWare writer David Gaider has upset people for daring to portray a gay character as anything but a flawless beacon of brilliance in Dragon Age 2. A petition for his firing has started up online, inspiring a counter-petition...
Hey, like Dragon Age? Like blood? Like girls covered in blood killing stuff that has to do with Dragon Age? THEN THIS IS THE PERFECT TEASER FOR YOU! Unlike most fan film trailers, this looks like it'll be an actual series as the YouTube description states that the short film will be out in a few months.