The next Dragon Age will have 40 endings

Someone in Singapore managed to get his hands on an early copy of the next Official Xbox Magazine, which apparently features an in-depth preview of Dragon Age: Inquisition. This person, “Jaldaris93”, then typed up the highlights from the article, and posted them to the official Bioware forums.

The one that grabbed the most attention was the admission by executive producer Mark Darrah that the game will have 40 endings, and that they “will all be meaningfully different from one another. You won’t find 40 endings with only slight degrees of variation between them.” That’s encouraging.

The rest of the list also makes for some pretty interesting reading. As a huge fan of the first Dragon Age (I prefer to forget the second ever existed), I was very happy to see that EA and Bioware are making this world a lot more interactive – apparently the game’s five regions will have complex economies and ecologies, which your actions can influence.

Say there’s a dragon or a group of bandits harassing a certain area, making trade tough, taking them out can lead to the establishment (or resumption) of trade routes, although it’s unclear whether the player can establish trade routes themselves, of it that happens automatically. Whatever the case, the renewed economic activity will improve settlements in the area over time.

Hunting, which is apparently useful for crafting, can lead to the decimation of certain animals in an area which itself can lead to changes in the local ecology, just like hunting a certain species’ natural predator leads to the proliferation of that species in real life. Neat!

What really pleases me is that it appears EA has learned how much people hate paying for downloadable content that is effectively shipped on the game disc. Dragon Age was particularly bad with this, requiring extra cash to unlock characters like Shale and Sebastian, but that won’t be the case with Inquisition, as all characters are included with the game.

This is all rather intriguing, and is only making me want the game more. Amazing graphics, a lot of thought put into the game world, presumably better combat than that of DA2, many many different endings, a dynamic world that might actually accurately reflect that word… there’s a lot to like from what EA has been saying about the game.

If you want to read the full list of features revealed in the Official Xbox Magazine, you can find Jaldaris93’s Bioware forum post here.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is out sometime around Q3 2014 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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