BioWare executive producer Mark Darrah announced the game officially on the BioWare blog today.
The game, called Dragon Age III: Inquisition, doesn't have much further information beyond the title, which we first heard floated in an earlier leak of some information from a marketing survey. BioWare added in a press release that they are targeting a "late 2013" release date, but didn't narrow it down any further.
In the blog post, Darrah wrote that the team's plan had been not to reveal information until there was something substantial actually to show, but hinted that rumors had indeed gotten out of hand and so the time was right to reveal.
So what did Darrah confirm?
- The next game will be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
- We won't be talking about the story of the game today. Though you can make some guesses from the title.
- This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. It's composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers.
- We are working on a new engine which we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization. At PAX East, we talked about armor and followers… Yeah, that kind of customization. We've started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.
Dragon Age III has indeed been possibly the worst-kept secret in the history of gaming, so it's nice to be able to give it a title. The art and ideas shared for a then-"hypothetical" DAIII at PAX East back in April caught the attention of fans, and set the wheels of speculation spinning. Since then, BioWare has been soliciting fan feedback regularly.
Dragon Age II was (and remains) a highly controversial game, with some devoted fans and even more angry critics. Clearly, BioWare is trying to tread carefully with Dragon Age III.
Whether or not it carries the best of its predecessors forward, it will certainly look pretty doing it. The Frostbite 2 engine Darrah mentions is the engine that makes Battlefield 3 look so nice.
A Blog from Mark Darrah – Dragon Age III Inquisition [BioWare Blog]