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Dragon Age: Inquisition is BioWare's third installment in the Dragon Age video game series, following Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II. It was first released on November 18, 2014. A sequel, Dragon Age: The Veilguard, is set for release in Fall 2024.

Announcement and release[]

On the evening of May 19, 2011, BioWare Creative Lead Alistair McNally informally announced the game via Twitter.[1]

The title was formally confirmed as Dragon Age III: Inquisition on September 17, 2012 in an open letter by Executive Producer Mark Darrah.[2] The number was eventually dropped from the official title. The game was originally set to release in Fall 2013.

During its 2013 E3 press conference, game publisher Electronic Arts announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition would be delayed by a year, to Fall 2014.[3]

On April 22, 2014, BioWare released a trailer confirming an October 7, 2014 release date for Dragon Age: Inquisition.[4] On July 22, 2014, a second delay was announced; the game finally released on November 18, 2014 in North America and November 21, 2014 in Europe.[5]

Development[]

Development of Inquisition began prior to the release of Dragon Age II, and was originally conceived as a multiplayer-only game, codenamed "Blackfoot" during development.[6]

The subtitle Inquisition had been previously hinted at by the Dragon Age II strategy guide's epilogue, which asked "Will some kind of inquisition be at the heart of events of the next Dragon Age title?"[7] David Gaider has also said, "It'd be interesting to see if the Inquisition ever rose up again."[8]

Trevor Morris composed the game's soundtracks.

Data transfer and world-states[]

Main article: Dragon Age Keep
DA Keep

Selecting a custom Warden in the Keep-Beta version

On August 28, 2013, it was announced that players would be able to create their own specific canon and customize all important decisions from previous games (including DLC and the Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening expansion) in a cloud-based system called Dragon Age Keep. Using this new system would prevent the plot logic issues that had occurred when importing save-games in past titles.[9][10]

Dragon Age Keep also let players watch a narrative of their world state, narrated by Varric Tethras, to reacquaint returning players to their past choices and to introduce new players to the world's lore and backstory.

The Keep system aims to allow the player to customize cross-generational and cross-console world-states, ideally circumventing import bugs or other issues.

DA Keep 2

Selecting a custom Hawke in the Keep-Beta version

Players who do not have or choose not to import a world-state into Inquisition will be provided a default "canon" as in Dragon Age II: an "Ultimate Sacrifice" female Dalish Warden, Alistair made King, and Hawke a male mage who sided with the mages.

Players are not able to directly import save files from previous games into the Keep, regardless of the platform the games were played on. However, Inquisition save files can be imported into the Keep if you're online while playing (or they will import next time you go online).

Patch 10 introduced the Golden Nug which allows players to migrate several different types of collection items and schematics across multiple Dragon Age: Inquisition playthroughs; once a single full playthrough has been completed, items can be transferred to any saved playthrough, including future ones.

Reception[]

Dragon Age: Inquisition received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a Metascore of 85/100 on PC based on 45 critic reviews,[11] 89/100 on PS4 based on 43 critic reviews,[12] and 85/100 on Xbox One based on 28 critic reviews.[13]

Plot[]

Main article: Storyline for Dragon Age: Inquisition

The protagonist of the game is known as the Inquisitor. The game starts in 9:41 Dragon, one year after the events of Dragon Age II and ends in 9:42.[14] Orlais is undergoing a civil war, threatening the stability of southern Thedas. The Circle of Magi have rebelled against the oppressive templars in a bid for independence, leading to all-out war. In a last ditch effort for peace, Divine Justinia V has orchestrated the Divine Conclave—a peace summit between the ambassadors of the templars and the rebel mages for the purpose of negotiating a peaceful compromise.

A massive explosion kills the attendees of the Conclave and creates a massive tear in the Veil called the Breach, allowing Demons to invade Thedas unchecked. The player protagonist is the sole survivor of the explosion and wielder of the "Anchor"—a magical mark that bestows control over the Breach and Fade rifts. The player's miraculous accolades and ability to seal the Fade rifts leaves many to believe they are a messiah, specifically the Herald of Andraste. The player is inducted into the reborn Inquisition—an independent organization sanctioned by the late Divine Justinia to restore order should Thedas erupt into chaos—and eventually becomes its Inquisitor. Throughout the game the Inquisitor will be forced to make choices that directly impact the plot of the game. The actions of the player shake the very foundation of Thedas as it leads to the ultimate build up against an evil ready to usurp the throne of the Maker Himself.

Characters[]

For information about recruitable companions, see Companions and advisors (Inquisition).
Inquisition members

The core members of the Inquisition

Major characters[]

Companions[]

Inquisition character Icons

Dragon Age: Inquisition character Icons

Secondary characters[]

Romance[]

Main article: Romance (Inquisition)

There are eight romances available in Inquisition. Six are companions and two are advisors. Six romances are restricted by gender and two romances are restricted by race.

Gameplay and combat[]

Although touted as an "open world" game at the E3 2013 presentation, the developers quickly clarified that Inquisition is not an open world in the same way as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but instead simply feature larger locations than Origins and Dragon Age II with more exploration freedom.[15] One map was described as four to five times the size of Ferelden—the setting of the first game in the series or as large as all the levels in Dragon Age II.[16] There are 10 large "open world" locations in the game. Gameplay continues post story completion, as opposed to retroactive DLC such as in Dragon Age II.

It is the first game in the series to feature mounts. The dialogue wheel, first featured in Dragon Age II, returns. Like in Dragon Age II, the wheel displays the type of emotion that matches your dialogue choice.

As in both previous installments, the player character can be one of three classes: warrior, rogue, or mage, with three specializations for each available later in the game. The player has the ability to choose one of 4 playable races - human, dwarf, elf or qunari - of either male or female gender. Body sliders are unavailable to customize the player character's physique; rather, the engine supports differing body shapes for each race.[17] Two voice sets are available for each gender: in the English-language version of the game, one has a British accent, and the other an American one.

Like the Warden, the Warden-Commander, and Hawke in previous titles, the Inquisitor can recruit companions. There are a total of 9 possible party members who can be recruited. All companions can be customized via armor and in-class weapon style. Similar to Dragon Age: Origins, some companions can leave the party if approval ratings are too low, and it is possible to only have one companion remaining in the end.

Part of the gameplay of Inquisition involves obtaining and maintaining power in various regions of the map. In part, this is done through strongholds, which can be seized and used to accomplish various tasks, and which serve as a hub for promoting the interests of the Inquisition.

While playing, the GUI for Inquisition includes a radar displaying important points and foes. The game can be played using a tactical camera view (where the party is controlled from overhead), or from the third person.

Combat[]

BioWare originally planned on combining elements of earlier installments in the series (Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II) into the creation of Dragon Age: Inquisition.[18]

Combat differs somewhat from its predecessors, focusing more on a player's ability to prepare, position and form a cohesive team with their party members, requiring fewer repetitive finger strikes and more tactical thinking through the tactical camera mode. The armor customization also differs from both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, in that each party member has interchangeable armor pieces that customize the look according to its specification and class.

Combat in Dragon Age: Inquisition has a greater focus on strategy than Dragon Age II. Party health doesn't regenerate automatically after an encounter as it did in Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Origins, and mage characters are not able to repeatedly cast, or "spam," healing spells. Similarly, the ability to carry healing items is limited, though the maximum number can be increased by certain perks.

With regards to the PC edition of Inquisition, the tactical quickbar is locked at 8 slots, because, according to Laidlaw, "32 abilities (along with passives/upgrades) across the party provides a broad spectrum of tactical options."[19]

Griffon Wing

Griffon Wing Keep, A possible Inquisition stronghold

During fights, the environments may be exploited and manipulated to a greater degree than in Dragon Age II. This capacity goes both ways, however. For example, a mage character may cast an "ice wall" spell to create cover on a battlefield or hem an enemy into a corner—a similar idea to a mage casting a fire spell after using a grease spell in Dragon Age: Origins—but the enemy may respond by melting the ice wall, eliminating the player's advantage.

Abilities[]

Main article: Abilities (Inquisition)

Multiplayer[]

Main article: Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer

For the first time in the Dragon Age series, Multiplayer is available in Inquisition. It consists of a 4-player co-op mode, with players taking on the role of members of the Inquisition.

Locations[]

Ferelden[]

Main article: Ferelden

Orlais[]

Main article: Orlais

Other[]

Factions[]

Quests[]

Main article: Quests (Inquisition)

Crafting[]

Main article: Crafting (Inquisition)

Crafting returns in Inquisition, with more diversity than in previous games. In addition to crafting items from raw materials, players can create different parts of the final product and then combine them (e.g. different sections of a staff may be crafted before combining them). The materials used to create the item determine its appearance.

New creatures[]

For a complete list of new creatures, see Category:Dragon Age: Inquisition creature images.
Promotional demon DAI

Fear demon

Inquisition introduced several new creatures and enemy types.

Downloadable content[]

Main article: Downloadable content (Inquisition)

A total of three campaign DLCs were released for Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon, The Descent, and Trespasser. BioWare also released two item packs, Spoils of the Qunari and Spoils of the Avvar that contain new equipment and mounts, and the free DLC The Black Emporium, which hails the return of Xenon the Antiquarian from Dragon Age II, selling unique equipment, schematics and crafting materials as well as giving the player access to the Mirror of Transformation.

System requirements[]

System PC
Recommended Minimum
OS Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit Windows 7 or 8.1 64-bit
CPU AMD six core @ 3.2 GHz
Intel quad core @ 3.0 GHz
AMD quad core @ 2.5 GHz
Intel quad core @ 2.0 GHz
System RAM 8 GB 4 GB
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 7870 or R9 270
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 4870
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Graphics Memory 2 GB 512 MB
Hard Drive 26 GB 26 GB
Miscellaneous DirectX 11 DirectX 10

Trivia[]

  • According to the developers, Dragon Age: Inquisition has 88,000 lines of voiced dialogue and there are nearly 1 million voiced and written words in the game.[20]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. James Ransom-Wiley [1] "Dragon Age 3 artists wanted, Bioware sr. director tweets". 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  2. A Blog from Mark Darrah - Dragon Age III Inquisition
  3. Gamespot
  4. Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date, Trailer, And Screenshots
  5. Dragon Age Inquisition Update
  6. Makuch, Eddie (2014-11-04). Dragon Age Inquisition Began As A Multiplayer-Only Game. GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-11
  7. Dragon Age II: The Complete Official Guide, p. 271.
  8. Thedas UK (January 14, 2012). "David Gaider Interview". Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  9. http://blog.bioware.com/2013/08/28/the-dragon-age-keep/
  10. The Dragon Age Keep homepage. https://dragonagekeep.com/.
  11. Metascore for Dragon Age: Inquisition on PC Metacritic, Retrieved April 14, 2020
  12. Metascore for Dragon Age: Inquisition on PS4 Metacritic, Retrieved April 14, 2020
  13. Metascore for Dragon Age: Inquisition on Xbox One Metacritic, Retrieved April 14, 2020
  14. The Trespasser DLC is dated 9:44 Dragon and states that it takes place two years after the death of the Elder One
  15. BWF Allan Schumacher. "DA: Inquisition at E3 Thread - DAI Interview with Aaryn Flynn" . The BioWare Forum. (offline).
  16. Castles and Customization Among First Details to Emerge on Dragon Age III
  17. Twitter icon Mike Laidlaw.  . Twitter.
  18. Jessica Conditt [2] "Muzyka: Bioware to throws previous Dragon Age games into a blender for next title". 2011-08-21. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  19. Twitter icon Mike Laidlaw.  . Twitter.
  20. kotaku.com, "4,158,323 Creatures 'Died' in Last Six Months of Dragon Age Development"
  21. Twitter icon Aaryn Flynn.  . Twitter.

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