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Dragon Age 3: An Xbox One Game?

/ Jun 5th, 2013 No Comments

Dragon Age 3
Dragon Age 3

Dragon Age 3

Dragon Age 3 will be an Xbox One title. At least, according to Amazon Italy that is. The Italian branch of the internet juggernaut accidentally posted a page listing Dragon Age 3 as an Xbox One game. However, there was no pricing information and the game had a placeholder release date for 2020. It is highly doubtful that the game will take another seven years to create as it is not a co-production with Irrational Games. This is another in a long bout of next-gen shenanigans with the various branches of Amazon. Around the time of PlayStation 4 announcement, Amazon US listed a Watch_Dogs PS4 page with a placeholder price of $99.99 that set the internet ablaze with unfounded anger, but that price is merely there because they have no idea what pricing will be on next-gen titles. Additionally, Amazon Germany, listed Mirror’s Edge 2 for Xbox One as well, but since nothing about the title has been mentioned since Ben Cousins’ comment back in 2012, it is hard to look at either listing as anything more than pure speculation.

[adsense250itp]While the Amazon listings may be the work of some over zealous employee or simply Amazon trying to get ahead of the curve, there is some relevant concerns about what will happen to title still in-development that have no current release date or announced platform. When these games were announced the public was only entertaining gossip about the next-gen and trying to guess what Microsoft would actually call their next system (who would have guess it would be the Xbox One?). When Dragon Age 3 was announced, the PS4 and Xbox One were still just the wild imaginings of journalists and fanboys/girls. People at that time naturally assumed that anything announced before the next-gen would be a PS3, Xbox 360 and PC title, but now. Who knows?

Dragon Age 3 was officially announced back in Sept 2012 by Exectuive Producer Mark Darrah in a blog post on BioWare’s website. The Darrah post revealed that development on Dragon Age 3 had been underway since about 2010 with a bulk of that work happening 18 months prior to the official announcement. Fan feedback on prior games will have an involvement in how BioWare will shape the content of the new game, especially since many fans were less than satisfied with the weaknesses of the first two games. While this official announcement did not reveal massive information on the game itself, Darrah did reveal that the subtitle for the game would be Inquisition, the development team involved a mix of BioWare veterans and newbies, the game started using DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine as a foundation to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more impactful player choices and more customization in the game.

During the announcement, Darrah never revealed a platform for the title. However, given it had been in development for a while,  many assumed to make a late 2013 release and it would release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Not much has been said about Dragon Age 3 since its announcement. There were rumored release dates, console swaps, but no official comment one way or another. Then EA and DICE showed off Battlefield 4 in March and revealed it would use a new engine, Frostbite 3. What did that mean for Dragon Age 3, which stated it would be running on Frostbite 2? This question led Aaryn Flynn, GM for BioWare’s Edmonton and Montreal studios to state on his twitter account that not only would Dragon Age 3 run on Frostbite 3, but also a new Mass Effect game would run on it too. The question of if the game will be on Xbox One or PS4 is not as crazy anymore. Chances are it will be a next-gen title, especially with a 2014 expected release date. What becomes a larger question is if Dragon Age 3 will come out on PS3 and Xbox 360?

Since Battlefield 4 and other EA titles will be released split-gen. There is still hope that BioWare’s latest Dragon Age game will be released as a multi-generational title. This might be the approach of most AAA games still currently in-development take as publishers will try to cover as many bases as possible with new titles. Bungie’s ambitious new title, Destiny will also span the generations as a PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4 title, as will Call of Duty: Ghosts and Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4. Anything still in the pipeline, at least for the foreseeable future might just end up gracing new and old Sony and Microsoft consoles, so no one will be left out (except one version will ultimately play better, but at least everyone can play it, sort of).

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs

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