You may have seen the cover art for new and upcoming sequel to Dragon Age: Origins, but you have never seen the released screenshots until now… or until you saw them on GameInformer, who received first privileges to the screenshots. But they’re here now! Recently, not only two new screenshots about the game have been released, but a wealth of information about Dragon Age II (name could be subject to change) has also been released. BioWare has made an announcement that they will be changing up a few things from the first game: Dragon Age: Origins. As to what these changes may be, no one outside of EA or BioWare knows for sure. Although, one thing that is definite is that BioWare will be improving not only the graphics but also the structure of the game. According to Dr. Ray Muzyka, senior vice president of EA and co-founder of BioWare, “Dragon Age 2 will simultaneously deliver an epic story and set a new bar for intense action in the genre.” If you’re a true Dragon Age and BioWare fan, then you are probaby as curious as I am to find out what this “new bar for intense action” actually is. BioWare commented that players will be able to “think like a general and fight like a Spartan.” What could that possibly mean? Could BioWare be developing a new system into the game, which allows players to control the main protagonist (Hawke), characters around him, and ultimately the whole Dragon Age universe? Only time will tell.
If you noticed, I did mention the main protagonist above and yes, his name is Hawke. Dragon Age II players will be sucked into the unwealthy, poor protagonist named Hawke. Now, not much has been released about Hawke, but we do know that he is a total B.A.M.F., because he manages to find a way to defeat his enemies, conquer his feats, and become Champion of Kirkwall.
With all these changes and pieces of information being released, players are starting to doubt the authenticity of the game. Will it still remain true to the feeling and playstyle of the first Dragon Age? BioWare’s David Gaider wrote on the BioWare Social Network, “People appear to be acting as if the scant details we’ve revealed are all they’ll ever learn about the game ever, and they’re thus required to render judgement immediately.” “You might, in fact, want to see exactly how we’re implementing these features you dislike and seeing for yourself whether they differ from, say, Mass Effect’s,” he continued. “There are similarities, of course, but there are also differences… and to assume you know everything about how the game is going to feel based off the most cursory of information is just going to make you look foolish,” Gaider also wrote. Gaider and the rest of the team at BioWare assures Dragon Age followers to not be alarmed, the game will provide new and interesting features that the first one did not contain, but it will also stay true to the tingly feeling you got when you first played Dragon Age: Origins.
Below are the newly released screenshots of Dragon Age II; click the images to enlarge them.