Dragon Age: Inquisition Was Originally Multiplayer Only
BioWare surprised fans a while back when they announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition would come with it a multiplayer component, something brand new to this particular series. But it turns out, the game was original multiplayer-only from the start.
The game’s executive producer Mark Darrah discussed some of the game’s evolution, including its roots from before the release of Dragon Age II and some of the ideas behind adding on the multiplayer to this newest installment. “Weirdly, we actually had a project code-named Blackfoot which was the first game we had that was looking at Frostbite,” Darrah said. “It was a Dragon Age game, multiplayer only, that was in development before Dragon Age II came out. That became the core of what became Dragon Age Inquisition, the techlines, more than any of the development, so we’ve actually been looking at [multiplayer] a long time.”
In light of this new information, and given that the developer added a very well-received multiplayer component to Mass Effect 3, it’s not entirely unprecedented. And Darrah also went on further to explain how multiplayer is seen as a core part of the RPG experience, and can certainly be seen in the developer’s earlier Baldur’s Gate series.
Darrah also discussed how Skyrim changed the face of role-playing in games, something the developer has talked about in the past as part of inspiration for Inquisition. “Skyrim changed the landscape for role-playing games completely,” he said. “Now the expectations of your other fans, they’re changing too. People age, they typically have less time for games, so it changes their expectations in terms of gameplay segments. It also results in some nostalgia. so they may become even more firm in their attachment to previous features. Now suddenly you have 15 million people that have basically had the first RPG they’ve ever played as Skyrim. They have totally different expectations of what storytelling is, what exploration is, and I think exploration is really where we’ve seen the biggest change.”
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out Nov 18 across PC and consoles.