The year is winding down to a close, but BioWare doesn't want their fans to think they're just sitting around doing nothing. As such, the studio has released an update of sorts for Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Executive Producer Mark Darrah has plenty to share.
First, BioWare released three new screenshots for Inquisition, showing us some of the environments and some guy with a hat. A human guy, to be specific, with a very nice hat. Perhaps he's an example of what you can make as a custom character in the game, along with his custom clothes. My personal favorite is the landscape, with a figure overlooking it.
And if you need anymore proof that Inquisition is going to look fabulous, check out this tarnish shader.
Oh, yes. Very pretty. BioWare's eagerness to show off the environments in the next Dragon Age can be seen as the developer's attempt at making up for all those recycled dungeons in Dragon Age II.
Still, you can't deny that the game is looking pretty good so far. Darrah noted that the holiday build is focused on several things, like making sure the main story is "playable from beginning to end."
1. The main storyline completely playable from beginning to end: This allows the story to be experienced in an interactive state, and lets us get pacing and spacing right.
2. All of the gameplay systems working together: This means that you can experience the game as it is intended to be experienced, with each feature feeding into another.
3. Starting VO recording for large parts of the game (More on this later).
4. Getting music in (More on this later).
5. Making sure that each class has a distinctive feel: Making sure that the party is a necessary and exciting part of combat (More on this later).
6. Getting our tech locked down.
Areas form a huge part of the content in Dragon Age: Inquisition. It is very important to me that the game cover a large variety of locations. Not only does it expand the possibilities of our storytelling, it also gives us an opportunity to show a lot of different things. In a game that places a lot of emphasis on discovery, this is very crucial.
Part of this process is about getting the areas into a state where they can be fully critiqued.
Dragon Age Inquisition will be released some time in Fall 2014. Check out more images through the source below.