What's this? BioWare has released a trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition that isn't focused on one of the support characters and how players will be able to seduce them? Well I'm not sure I'm entirely okay with that, but maybe somewhere out there is a fan who actually prefers combat to relationships. How silly! Today's trailer is the first in a line of features, today entirely dedicated to showing combat in motion with a particular focus on stopping time to make decisions.
While the idea of stopping time in order to provide each party member with specific instructions is hardly new to the franchise, what's revelatory about the trailer is how amazing the feature now looks in motion. In prior installments of the series, the pausing time feature was great for gameplay, but in Inquisition I certain I'll find myself pausing constantly just get get a look at the cinematic action.
In terms of features, however, the trailer is particularly thin. We see combat in motion, but never in detail. The voiceover, unsurprisingly, glosses over the finer detail in favor of happier, marketing favorable language. Dedicated fans will certainly be able to analyze the trailer frame by frame to pick up more information than a casual viewer, but it's a tad disappointing the trailer isn't more in-depth. It is, however, beautiful. Fun to play? It's hard to tell, but it'll look great no matter what.
Just in terms of initial impressions, I'm definitely getting a mix of both Dragon Age 2 and Dragon Age: Origins from what we're shown. The quick access to only a few skills per character is part of the more console-centric focus of Dragon Age 2, but the way Inquisition is stepping back from playing the game as an action title and instead as a party-based RPG is very much an Origins concept (and classic BioWare, too). While the voiceover does say the game can be played as an action title, it's clear there's much more fun and depth to be found in the pause-and-play gameplay.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is planned for release on November 18 for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That's a month later than usual due to a delay announced just last week. In the mean time make sure to go back and reacquaint yourself with the Inquisition party, including Cullen, Dorian, Cole, and so many more.