Posts Tagged ‘Bioware’

BioWare On Dragon Age’s Combat, Exploration, Choices

By Nathan Grayson on September 11th, 2013.

BioWare’s finally taken the wraps off Dragon Age: Inquisition, and hey, it looks like it might actually be worth getting excited over. Far from the chaffingly cramped confines of Dragon Age II’s Kirkwall, Inquisition seems rife for roaming – a land that will whet your appetite for exploration and then stuff your intestines with intrigue until you have no choice but to physically ingest a Call of Duty game to correct the balance. Also, combat looks interesting again! There is tactical view. And rolling. Somewhat astonished, I sat down with lead designer Mike Laidlaw to discuss the resurgent role-player’s newfound confidence in tactical combat, wide-open exploration, and choices that actually bar players from a significant portion of the game.

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Mass Affect: Ambrov X Boasts BioWare Talent

By Nathan Grayson on September 6th, 2013.

I hope that bottom choice means I can always solve my problems by poisoning somebody.

If I had to guess, I’d imagine that the Mass Effect series probably cost EA and BioWare somewhere in the realm of $17.53 to produce. That said, I am terrible with numbers and am willing to allow a slight amount of wiggle room up to, say, $999 quadrillion. It comes as a bit of a surprise, then, that developer Loreful hopes to achieve similar (though decidedly lower-fidelity) scope in Ambrov X with a mere $500,000. On the upside, it’s working with the exceedingly fascinating Sime~Gen sci-fi universe and may well manage to procure the services of former BioWare senior creative type Jennifer Hepler. But there are a few bumps on the lightspeed wish-upon-a-(kick)star(ter) highway to completion – not the least of which is the fact that Hepler won’t be on board unless this non-legacy game franchise can beam up $750,000.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition In Motion

By Jim Rossignol on September 1st, 2013.


UPDATED: Tactical view filmed off screen at PAX added below.

Nothing of the much-touted tactical view, sadly, but it does look rather slick.

Take a look, below. And then perhaps join the discussion over in John’s article from the reveal of the game in London last week.
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One Of Dragon Age’s Big Influences? Planescape Torment

By Nathan Grayson on August 31st, 2013.

Like our fair, occasionally fire-breathing John, I also recently saw Dragon Age: Inquisition in action, and – against all odds – I came away very impressed. Dragon Age: Origins was a very important game to me for a number of reasons, and the crazy thing is that BioWare actually seems to *get* why its return to fantasy’s pointy eared realms made people like me chant(ry) its name to the high heavens. There’s action-y stuff in Inquisition, sure, but also plenty of tactical options (TOP-DOWN VIEW YEAH) and yummy conundrums to scramble my moral compass. But it wasn’t until I spoke with lead designer Mike Laidlaw that I really began feeling good about Inquisition. His favorite game? Planescape Torment. And, if Laidlaw is to be believed, the Black Isle classic’s influence is strong in this one. 

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Eyes On: Dragon Age – Inquisition

By John Walker on August 31st, 2013.

Sometimes you realise it’s just a tricky situation for a developer. You want to show your game, but you’re a year away from finishing, and you’ve got a year’s worth of press to rustle yet. So what do you show? You pick between a few reveals, a lot of what people were expecting, and a healthy dose of ambiguity. And so it was for BioWare’s first reveal of in-game footage from RPG epic Dragon Age: Inquisition. Everything we learned is below.

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Recover Your Lost Worlds With Dragon Age Keep

By Craig Pearson on August 29th, 2013.

That debris is my PC!
The other day, I took part in a trebuchet building competition with some friends. When the Grand Tosser was finished, there was much discussion about what to toss. After some Crabbie’s, it was decided that my PC should be the Tossed One. We loaded it up and flicked it through the air at the castle. As I watched my main source of entertainment and work splinter against the ancient stone, I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t backed up my Dragon Age saves. When the blubbing had stopped, and the cuts I’d received from hugging my broken PC were tended to, I was told about Dragon Age Keep, Bioware’s new thing that means even save games that have been trebuchetedededdd, corrupted, or wiped aren’t the end of your Dragon Age journey. The Keep is a cloud-based service that will let you set-up the story for 2014′s Dragon Age Inquisition.
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I’m Feeling (Cautiously) Optimistic About Dragon Age

By Nathan Grayson on August 21st, 2013.

I want very, very badly for Dragon Age: Inquisition to be good. Great, even. Once upon a time, I found myself in a torrid, fiery love affair with Dragon Age: Origins, but things fizzled when DA II rushed onto the scene (though I did enjoy certain aspects of it more than some). To its credit, however, BioWare has been making some seriously promising, er, promises about its impending no-longer-a-threequel. It will have dragons, yes, and ages certainly, but also oh so much more. Player choice is taking center stage again, and it’s a mantra that apparently flows through character customization, party control, story progression, and even your commanding role as the Inquisitor. Watch some of BioWare’s beardliest faces talk about it below.

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Morri-gone: Dragon Age – Inquisition

By Adam Smith on August 15th, 2013.

Dragon Age: Inquisition won’t be out until Autumn 2014 at the earliest, but that doesn’t mean we can’t poke through the nuggets of information emerging from within the extended development cyclone. In the last week, two significant gobbets of information have emerged from Bioware’s lair. The first, as alluded to in the headline, is the news that Morrigan won’t be a party member, although that’s not to say her witchy ways won’t have a place in the game. The second piece of news wasn’t really news at all to me – Inquisition will contain multiple playable races. I didn’t realise that was a thing that might not be happening but confirmation came in a Game Informer interview.

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BioWare Aiming To Fix Dragon Age’s Choices, Exploration

By Nathan Grayson on July 22nd, 2013.

Also, I get something that I guess vaguely resembles a shirt this time

Dragon Age: Inquisition has pretty much stayed entirely under wraps except in order to briefly emerge and switch out its numerical nametag for a subtitled one. Also, it did the whole razzle-dazzle E3 trailer thing, but only the maddest of fans managed to decipher much from its cinema-tastic showing. For now, then, all we can do is snatch up whatever scraps might fall from BioWare’s silently slithering brood. But how? And where? Well, by offering OXM as bait to the RPG behemoth’s slavering jaws at PAX Australia, of course.

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That’s No Wicket: SWTOR’s Ewok Companion Revealed

By Jim Rossignol on July 1st, 2013.


Reports have appeared on our Ewok-o-tron that suggests Ewoks will soon be available as companion characters in SWTOR, via the 2.3 patch. To unlock the ‘wok, you need 1 million space cash and a legacy level of 40, apparently. Tweek, for that is her Ewok name, will be a tanky/healer sort of companion. That, I know, will make someone in this world very happy.

You can watch said Ewok in action below. Spoilers of a kind, natch.
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The Old Republic’s “Operation Nightmare”

By Jim Rossignol on June 14th, 2013.


Operation Nightmare is currently available with the latest update of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and this means unpleasant-sounding “Nightmare Mode” in Terror From Beyond. That’s pretty much as it sounds: a tricky level 55 challenge: “The fight to seize control of the Gree Hypergate will leave you gasping for breath as you battle the five main bosses, now amped up to challenge even the most skilled group of players!” There’s also a bunch of guild features and similar things included in this update. Later on Nightmare Mode will also be applied to Legion Of Scum & Villainy, for extra scummy and villainous difficulties.

The trailer for all this is far, far away, and a long time ago, etc.
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