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9:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker releasing in Spring 2012

[As originally posted on Japanator] It's been a while since we last heard of Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, the anime spin-off of Bioware's fantasy RPG. Dragonagemovie.com has been updated, and we n...

Bob Muir







The Old Republic shows that narrative matters photo
The Old Republic shows that narrative matters
by Ryan Perez

Games are fun, and you can't really deny that they've got "fun" pretty streamlined and perfected at this point. They're so fun that people have been hooked enough to forget the basic necessities of life -- food, water, women -- and have died as a result...a puzzlingly funny result, mind you. For me, though, the fun of games is starting to die off, and I now think it's time for developers and fans to perfect a severely unrefined element of video games: storytelling.

I understand that this industry tends to treat story like the fortune cookie in an order of Chinese food. If it's there, cool. If it isn't ... whatever. Developers have become so accustomed to disregarding narrative, that few consumers complain if it is absent completely. But it's difficult to ignore the impact that storytelling has had on other mediums, as well as the fact that certain games have hooked people mainly due to their narrative structures -- be them good or bad. For me, Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of those games.

The Old Republic belongs to a genre that I've always considered one of the least amusing, but its story has kept me more interested than any other MMO to date.

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12:00 PM on 12.18.2011

BioWare held a grand tour for Kids with Cancer

Earlier this year, BioWare offered up a tour of the company's studio as an auction item for the Kids with Cancer Society's Beaded Journey Gala. The "BioWare Experience" was sold off for $15,500, and as a result, a few of the...

Tony Ponce

8:15 PM on 11.30.2011

The DTOID Show: Infinity Blade 2 & Dragon Age Multiplayer

Hey guys! I'm BACK! And I still sound sort of funny.  On today's very special Destructoid Show, we address the rumors foating around about EA's new stuff, such as Frostbite 2 powered Dragon Age multiplayer, with playable...

Max Scoville

9:00 AM on 11.30.2011

Rumor: Dragon Age multiplayer, Dead Space FPS

According to Kotaku, a number of big announcements may be coming from Electronic Arts in the near future, including word that Dragon Age will be getting a multiplayer mode. The arena-based game will feature playable dragons a...

Jim Sterling



Review: Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin photo
Review: Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin
by Joseph Leray

To play the first, oh, ten minutes of Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin is to gaze into the abyss, to confront everything weird about videogames and the culture that surrounds them.

The scene: protagonist Hawke is enlisted to help an exiled assassin, Tallis, break into the estate of an Orlesian nobleman to pilfer some jewels. Playing Hawke as an intrepid dagger-for-hire made sense when he/she was a hardscrabble immigrant; it's less convincing now that (my female) Hawke lives in a mansion and wields considerable social capital, having saved Kirkwall from imminent destruction and all.

Hawke is eventually convinced to follow a complete stranger to a foreign country to steal from a powerful oligarch when Tallis, voiced by Felicia Day, coos, "That's just what you do, isn't it?" The corollary goes unsaid, but here it is: "It is when you're the hero in a videogame."

That Day -- perhaps the most well-known ambassador of nerd culture -- is involved is equally distracting, serving as an umbilical link to real world and reinforcing how arbitrary and contrived the endeavor of videogaming can be.

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12:30 PM on 10.11.2011

Dragon Age II 'Mark of the Assassin' DLC out this week

Electronic Arts sent over a couple of images to remind us that we can pick up the Dragon Age II expansion content "Mark of the Assassin" this week across all platforms. This is the adventure that Felicia Day wrote and st...

Conrad Zimmerman



Talking to Felicia Day on the new Dragon Age II expansion photo
Talking to Felicia Day on the new Dragon Age II expansion
by Lori Navarro

It all started with a lot of grunting, grunting that's reminiscent of a women's tennis match. But before the grunting, there was an ambush. Hawke, Fenris, Varric, and Isabela find themselves in another fix, surrounded by assassins in the middle of an Orlesian stronghold.

Out of nowhere, a dagger hits one of the assassins square in the chest. Apparently, a mysterious stranger was watching from the roof, because all good character intros start from the roof. There's no other way but down -- the stranger alights and kills the next poor fellow, then another. Does a lot of acrobatics. Grunts. Jumps. Slashes. Grunts again. Flips. Kills. Scores.

This is how new companion Tallis introduces herself -- by slicing her way through Orlesian assassins with effervescent grace and style. Exclusive to the new Mark of the Assassin downloadable content, she is the focal point of this sidestory in Hawke's life -- one that involves a deadly heist in the dangerous, aristocratic world of Orlais.

In addition to checking out the new features, I also had the chance to talk to Internet celebrity Felicia Day, who is responsible for Tallis' creation.

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2:15 PM on 09.19.2011

Dragon Age II DLC coming in October

Fans of Dragon Age II (me) and superfluous DLC (also, sadly, me) will have another reason to revisit Kirkwall on October 11. BioWare's latest addition to Hawke's adventures, Mark of the Assassin, will team the hero up with e...

Fraser Brown

6:00 PM on 09.14.2011

Industry vets start free-to-play supergroup

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...

Fraser Brown



Review: Dragon Age II: Legacy photo
Review: Dragon Age II: Legacy
by Joseph Leray

“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.

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9:35 PM on 07.27.2011

EA: Dragon Age II pulled from Steam by ... Steam

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...

Jim Sterling





2:45 PM on 07.27.2011

Dragon Age anime gets named, pushed to 2012

[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...

Bob Muir



Steam yanks Dragon Age II, may not be Origin-related photo
Steam yanks Dragon Age II, may not be Origin-related
by Nick Chester

On the day its "Legacy" downloadable content was supposed to be released, Dragon Age II has 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 2 went 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.

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3:51 PM on 07.07.2011

Dragon Age II add-on 'Legacy' coming July 26

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...

Nick Chester

11:40 AM on 06.24.2011

Dragon Age II 'Legacy' DLC detailed by achievements

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. While...

Maurice Tan