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2:30 PM on 06.26.2013

Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't a continuation of 1 or 2

EA president Frank Gibeau recently talked with IGN about why BioWare dropped the "3" from the title of the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. Gibeau said that they "just wanted to draw more attention to the fact that Inqu...

Joshua Derocher







Morrigan returns in Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
Morrigan returns in Dragon Age: Inquisition
by Joshua Derocher

Old characters will be returning in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and among them will be everyone's favorite witch, Morrigan. Electronic Arts showed off the first trailer, called "The Fires Above," during their E3 conference today.

Morrigan wasn't a part of Dragon Age 2, so this is a good sign that they will be returning to the epic story arc from Origins. There was a big dragon too, just like the original Arch Demon. Maybe their will be another blight?

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3:00 PM on 06.01.2013

Dragon Age 3: Inquisition listing spotted on Amazon Italy

In not so surprising news, Amazon Italy went and outed Dragon Age III: Inquisition as an Xbox One release. The posting has since been removed, but it comes just days after Mirror's Edge 2 was outed, twice. It seems retailers ...

Abel Girmay

4:30 PM on 03.29.2013

GDC: David Gaider talks about sex and privilege

Games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and others in the BioWare pantheon have always had some romantic subplots, but more recent games' naughty bits have frustrated some players. BioWare writer David Gaider has gone o...

Daniel Starkey

5:00 AM on 03.06.2013

EA looking into Oculus Rift support for Frostbite engine

Imagine it now: You're in a fighter jet playing Battlefield 4 and getting shot up. You have to bail out but see this as your chance to do that one jet trick, succeed, and proceed on with the battle with your newly acquired je...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:45 PM on 03.04.2013

BioWare San Francisco has reportedly been closed

BioWare San Francisco (formerly EA2D), the developer behind Facebook game Dragon Age: Legends and Mirror's Edge 2D, has been shut down according to information provided by internal sources to GamesRadar and IGN. The closure o...

Jordan Devore

9:50 PM on 09.19.2012

The DTOID Show: CoD Zombies, YAIBA, & Valve hardware?!

Greetings, dear readers! Max is still out parkouring in Boston this week, so I forced Anthony Carbon to come on my show and make fun of Max with me instead. It worked out pretty well! We also talked about some video games, I...

Tara Long

10:23 AM on 09.17.2012

BioWare announces Dragon Age III: Inquisition

Yep, people have been working on the next proper Dragon Age for a while now. Although BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal don't have much of substance to share yet -- not even a teaser image or anything -- the studios did a...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 08.20.2012

Rumor: Dragon Age 3 story and co-op hints surface

A BioWare forum poster has leaked details and images from a consumer poll that allegedly spills details on the as-yet unannounced Dragon Age 3. According to the Intel, players will take on the role of an inquisitor engaging i...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 06.20.2012

Dragon Age Legends goes from Facebook F2P to offline

I'm not sure if any of you out there remember it, but around the launch of Dragon Age II, Bioware released a free to play Facebook game called Dragon Age Legends. The game was basically a mixture of city-building and strategy...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 05.01.2012

BioWare and Dark Horse are doing more Dragon Age comics

BioWare and Dark Horse announced today that they will be releasing a new three-part comic titled Dragon Age: Those Who Speak with the first issue available August 22nd. The mini-series will follow King Alistair, Var...

Victoria Medina

10:00 AM on 04.11.2012

BioWare panel ludicrously touts ancient RPG mechanics

Ok, so I'm an RPG designer, right? I have this amazing idea for my next RPG video game. In it, I will feature things like "equipment", "non-recycled level design", and "actual role playing decisions". This was an actual BioW...

Chris Carter





9:00 AM on 03.21.2012

Bioware 'done' with Dragon Age II

Coincidentally, so am I! It seems as if only yesterday Bioware was pandering to fans, promising Varric DLC, Flemeth DLC, Leliana DLC, and Morrigan DLC. Well, as of this week, EA's RPG sweatshop has stated th...

Chris Carter



BioWare writer's vagina versus the Internet photo
BioWare writer's vagina versus the Internet
by Jim Sterling

Jennifer Hepler is hated by people on the Internet, as Destructoid reader Ben recently informed us. That's not unusual in itself, as there are few public figures who aren't hated by a significant cross-section of the online population. However, when you consider what Hepler did -- or didn't do -- it certainly is a puzzle as to why she's despised with such pure, unfettered venom. She wrote for Dragon Age and Star Wars: The Old Republic

Hepler is a BioWare writer and woke up one day to discover the entire Internet hated her. A number of online communities recently started dogpiling on the lady, accusing her of "ruining" BioWare games with her writing. She's also received a lot of heat for admitting that she doesn't like to play games -- certainly a requirement if your job is to craft narrative (sarcasm). 

By far her greatest "crime" was suggesting that games should let the player skip combat, stating: "Games almost always include a way to "button through" dialogue without paying attention, because they understand that some players don't enjoy listening to dialogue and they don't want to stop their fun. Yet they persist in practically coming into your living room and forcing you to play through the combats even if you're a player who only enjoys the dialogue."

Whether you agree or disagree, it's not like she cut a toddler's achilles tendons with a rusty scalpel. Still, however, this is the Internet. 

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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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