BioWare today released a not-quite trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, to help us rediscover Thedas. After all, Thedas is a beautiful place, one that begs to be explored, and a reminder of that is certainly welcome after exploration went out the window in Dragon Age II.
Titled "Discover the Dragon Age," the video takes us through the various regions of Thedas -- just a small sample of environments to appear in the upcoming Dragon Age Inquisition. Of course, the game is still in development, and the footage is pre-alpha. Doesn't mean we're a little excited to see it, though.
Inquisition producer Cameron Lee notes that this is the "most ambitious game to date" for the team, not to mention the first next-gen (read: current-gen) Dragon Age game. He also states:
"When we started Dragon Age: Inquisition, one of our earliest goals was to bring the world to life and let you decide who you want to be in this vast and complex world. We accomplished this by using the Frostbite engine, which supports massive areas, destruction, and the most advanced next-gen technology we’ve ever seen."
To achieve greater realism, the inhabitants of Thedas, be they animals or people, will adjust based on the player's actions, as well. The population runs on an "emergent system," Lee calls it, meaning players can encounter a wide range of scenarios throughout the game, as regions are balanced by your progress. This can be a major event like bandits attacking a town, or something as small as deer fleeing from predators.
BioWare have certainly gone out of their way to keep fans updated on Inquisition's progress, namely by showing off the world. At least this convinces us that they're keeping their promise of not reusing levels again.
BioWare also announced last summer their answer to transferring your Dragon Age progress to Inquisition. Unfortunately, being on two different platform generations means progress between games can't be easily imported. At least they've got an answer to that.