Dragon Age 3: Inquisition was officially announced by BioWare today in a blog post written by executive producer Mark Darrah on the BioWare website today.
The next installment in the widely popular role-playing game series is expected to release in late 2013. Development is currently underway at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Montreal with the team creating a new engine using DICE’s Frostbite 2 as a foundation. Creating a new engine will allow the developers to produce a more expansive world with better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and deeper customization options.
Fan feedback will be important in developing Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. Responses and criticisms of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and accompanying DLC has been considered while building the latest entry in the franchise. Darrah says the team has scoured through message boards, forums, reviews and in-person events to gain insight from the Dragon Age community. The developer also hopes to be as open as possible when revealing new details for the project. This will allow for fan feedback to be implemented into the game before it is released.
With promises of a bigger world and visual improvements along with an expected release date of late 2013, it would not be surprising to see the game debut on next-generation consoles. The game’s developers said the team has been working on the game for so long but the only thing it was lacking was new technology. While this could reference a new engine based on Frostbite 2, it could mean new console technology opening up more in-game capabilities.
Electronic Arts announced the Dragon Series has sold over 8 million units. Dragon Age: Origins released in 2009 to stellar reviews. Dragon Age 2 debuted in 2011. Reviews for the second title in the series were mostly positive but it did not garner such high praise as the first.