Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed, moving its October release into the final weeks of November. Definitely a bummer for BioWare fans, but the studio is convinced the extra weeks for development will go a long way.
Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah posted an open letter to the community today announcing the bad news, while also thanking everyone for their support thus far. No specific reasons for the delay were cited, but we can probably assume the devs just needed more time.
Here is Darrah's message, in full:
From Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Dragon Age: Inquisition
I’m writing to let you know that Dragon Age: Inquisition has a new release date of November 18, 2014 in North America (November 21st in EU). We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it.
Since we began working on Dragon Age: Inquisition almost four years ago, our goal was to create the best Dragon Age experience ever. It was that goal that motivated many of our decisions: moving to Frostbite, bringing race choice and customization back, improving tactical camera, building a team of characters whose relationships evolve based on your actions, and most importantly, crafting an epic, nation-spanning story that both draws upon past games and takes you to many new places in the realm of Thedas.
I’m privileged to be a part of a team that has been working very hard to surpass every measure they’ve set for themselves. That has meant completing huge amounts of game content, fixing bugs both big and small, and improving the overall experience. This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero's choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on.
Thank you again for your patience and support!
We can now expect to see Dragon Age: Inquisition on November 18, when it will be released in North America for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC. For Europe, the new date is November 21.
Until then, be sure to read our impressions of BioWare's upcoming RPG from this year's E3.