We all knew this day would come eventually: BioWare has finally given us confirmation
that Dragon Age 2
is indeed in development. However, because today is the official announcement day, the juicy details will be spared from the eyes of fans for now.
What I can tell you, however, is that Executive Producer Mark Darrah promises that Dragon Age 2 will be “introducing a more dynamic combat system, improving the graphics, and telling the most important story in our world.” To me, and I am sure other fans will agree, the most enticing story (at the very least) is certainly Morrigan’s undoubtedly devil-spawn-creature-thing that we have yet to understand completely. Hopefully the upcoming story will delve further into its existence and what that might mean for Ferelden.
We also know that in Dragon Age 2 you will be playing as (the human) Hawke, a refugee who survived the Blight. He quickly becomes a legend in his rise to power that is riddled in mystery. The storyline will span a 10-year timeline, with all the options of choice, allies, and general forging of history that we were privy to in Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age 2 will be available in March of 2011 on the 360, PS3 and PC.
Edmonton, Alberta (July 8, 2010) – Leading video game developer BioWare™, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), confirmed today that Dragon Age™ 2 is in development at BioWare’s Edmonton-based studio. Dragon Age 2 is the sequel to the triple-platinum-selling Dragon Age: Origins which was named “RPG of the Year” in 2009 by Game Informer, G4, IGN, and SpikeTV. With Dragon Age 2, the world’s preeminent RPG developer is revolutionizing the genre again, infusing the universe with more action, a new, more responsive combat system and a dynamic story that is already among the most multifaceted in gaming. Dragon Age 2 traces the rise to power of Hawke, a survivor of the Blight and a hero who will transform the face of the Dragon Age universe forever. The new game is scheduled for release in March of 2011 on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC.
“Last year’s launch of Dragon Age: Origins was one of the most successful in BioWare’s 15-year history and one of the most successful new IP launches in the 28 year history of EA,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Senior Vice President of Electronic Arts and co-founder and Group General Manager of BioWare. “Dragon Age 2 will simultaneously deliver an epic story and set a new bar for intense action in the genre. We're very excited to deliver this next bold evolution in the Dragon Age franchise to our fans."
“With Dragon Age 2 we are creating an exciting new entry point into the Dragon Age universe while ensuring that fans of the original game retain a sense of satisfaction and familiarity in the world,” said Dragon Age 2 Executive Producer Mark Darrah. “We are amplifying the things that made Dragon Age: Origins such a huge success while introducing a more dynamic combat system, improving the graphics, and telling the most important story in our world.”
Dragon Age 2 thrusts players into the role of Hawke, a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke’s rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumor. Featuring an all-new story spanning 10 years, players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever.
Dragon Age 2 is in production for the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PC. For more information on Dragon Age 2, please visit our website at www.DragonAge.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dragonage or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/DragonAgeOrigins.