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Overview

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the upcoming third primary entry in BioWare's Dragon Age franchise. The game is scheduled for release in the fall of 2014. In addition to the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, versions are also being developed for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the first game in the franchise to be developed on DICE's Frostbite 3 engine.

Characters

The Protagonist: The Inquisitor

Players will play as a new protagonist with customizable race, class, gender, and appearance. This protagonist, the Inquisitor, must save Thedas from itself by assuming control and building up an organization known as the Inquisition. The Inquisitor's quest will stretch across Thedas and into nations such as Ferelden and Orlais.

Unlike Dragon Age II, in which the player was restricted to playing as a human character named Hawke, Dragon Age: Inquisition brings back many of the customization options from the original game's protagonist, The Warden. The player may choose to play as a human, elf, dwarf, or a Qunari--which is a first for the series--with the player's chosen race bearing some level of impact on the game's story and interactions with specific characters and groups. As in previous games, the player can also choose whether to play as a male or female, and as a warrior, mage, or rogue.

Like Hawke The Inquisitor will be voiced, only this time players have a selection between two voices per gender; one being of an English accent, the other American.

Inquisitor Voices:

Companions

Varric Tethras

Dwarf - Male - Rogue

Romance: Unknown

The first former companion confirmed to return as a companion in DAI. Seeing first hand the chaos that was looming for the world in Dragon Age II, Varric joins the organisation he believes is looking out most for the common man, The Inquisition.

Varric is still ever ready to pop a joke and see the funny side of things, but his time with Hawke in Kirkwall during DAII has made him resentful of the danger innocents are always placed in when mages and templars clash, as well as distrusting of the Qunari after their attempted take-over.

Cassandra Pentaghast

Human - Female - Warrior

Romance: Male Inquisitors only

An NPC from Dragon Age II, Cassandra is a skilled sword and shield warrior loyal to The Chantry and will make her playable debut as a companion in DAI.

Cassandra was formally a Seeker of Truth and more importantly the right hand of the Chantry's leader, the Divine, dealing with threats to the Divine in broad daylight as opposed to the left hand, Leliana, and her stealthy behind the scenes approach.

When the Seekers of Truth broke off from The Chantry to lead the templars into war with the mages Cassandra remained loyal and now joins the Inquisition to return order to Thedas.

Vivienne

Human - Female - Mage

Romance: Male or Female Inquisitors

A new playable companion who is a former Circle-mage from Orlais, she fights to help her fellow mages. Vivienne is an Orlais and Chantry loyalist, enjoying freedoms and nobility not commonly associated with the average mage. She believes the word of the Chantry and is ever disapproving of anything regarding blood magic as well as The Fade and those that dwell in it.

She participates in Orlais's "grand game" of deception and hierarchy manoeuvring and is known for her sharp tongue as much as her magical power.

Iron Bull

Qunari - Male - Warrior

Romance: Male or Female Inquisitors

A one-eyed member of the Qunari race. Iron Bull is Tal-Vashoth, one who has abandoned the teachings of the Qun.

Warrior renown even among the Qunari, Iron Bull fought the most dangerous opponents on every front line of any recent battle the Qunari fought.

When he became burnt out and began suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder he was dispatched to Orlais to form a mercenary group not associated with the Qunari in order to spy on Orlais. Though he still remains loyal to the Qunari, unbeknownst to them in Orlais he has indulged in sleeping around, drinking and other practices that would've seen him executed in his homeland.

Sera

Elf - Female - Rogue

Romance: Female Inquisitors only

An elven archer. Sera is a former member of an apparent group of rogues only mentioned in passing during one side-quest each in both DA:O and DAII known as the "Friends of Red Jenny".

Sera is an anti-establishment character who delights in defying and meddling with authority, something the Inquisition will be doing with great regularity.

  • Voiced by Robyn Addison.

Solas

Elf - Male - Mage

Romance: Unknown

An elven apostate Mage. Solas understands the Fade and its inhabitants more than any currently living being, proving vital for the Inquisition.

Solas is a nomad beyond that of even the wandering Dalish elves. Living in utter solitude, Solas spends half his time in ancient places not seen by others for hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. The other half is spent in the Fade, discovering the past of these ancient places and those who lived during those times.

  • Voiced by Allen Leech.

Dorian

Human - Male - Mage

Romance: Male Inquisitors only

A human mage and magister of the Tevinter Imperium. Despite considerable magical talents and a clever mind Dorian is the black sheep of Tevinter because of his rejection of common Tevinter social norms.

He hopes to be the catalyst for positive change for all of the Tevinter Imperium and joins the Inquistion to prevent the Imperium joining in the mage/templar war.

Blackwall

Human - Male - Warrior

Romance: Unknown

A Grey Warden whose drive to protect the innocent continued long after The Warden ended the 5th Blight in DA: Origins.

Blackwall will prove crucial to conflicts between the Inquisition and the Grey Wardens, the latter of which have gone quiet and starting acting strangely as of late.

Cole

Human (Spirit/Demon abomination) - Male - Mage

Romance: Not available

Formerly a human mage named Cole, possessed by a spirit (or demon), the being that continues to refer to itself as Cole has a natural blood magic ability that makes those who come into contact with him forget he was ever there.

Due to his child-like mental state and supernatural existence Cole cannot be romanced.

  • Voiced by James Norton.

Non-Player Characters

Morrigan

Inquisition Ally

Romance: Not available

Appearing to be providing assistance to the Inquisitor, Morrigan has been heavily involved in events of the Dragon Age world behind the scenes since her departure at the end of Dragon Age: Origins - Witch Hunt DLC.

Recently Morrigan has become chief magical advisor to the progressive Empress Celene of Orlais during the Empress's ongoing civil war with her traditionalist cousin, the Grand Duke Gaspard de Chalons.

The whereabouts of Morrigan's Old God Child sired by The Warden/Alistair/Loghain in DA:O is unknown, if indeed the player chose to go through with the ritual in Origins. Morrigan's plans for Thedas is unknown as are her current relations with any members of the DA:O cast.

Morrigan is not romance-able regardless of any previous romance with The Warden, either choosing the stay loyal to The Warden or simply ignore any attempts made by an Inquisitor.

Leliana

Inquisition Advisor - Spymaster

Romance: Not Available

Returning once again for Inquisition, Leliana joins Cassandra from The Chantry to help The Inquisition as its spy-master.

After departing The Warden's company post-Dragon Age: Origins Leliana has been seen as a secret agent for the Chantry's Divine in both Dragon Age II and Dragon Age novels.

Leliana's role is to lead and govern secret operations for the Inquisition through stealth, information gathering and assassination.

Leliana is not romance-able regardless of any previous romance with The Warden, either choosing the stay loyal to The Warden or simply ignore any attempts made by an Inquisitor.

Cullen

Inquisition Advisor - Army Commander

Romance: Female Inquisitors only

The proud templar of prior Dragon Age games also returns to be a part of the Inquisition as an adviser.

Having seen chaos in both supernatural form in Origins and through the minds of humans in DAII Cullen leaves the templars and joins the Inquisition in the name of peace.

Cullen is romance-able despite his previous feelings for a female circle-mage warden, due to not being able to act upon said feelings.

Josephine

Inquisition Advisor - Ambassador

Romance: Male or Female Inquisitors

Making her debut in DAI, Lady Josephine Montilyet is a diplomat for the Inquisition hailing from Antiva. She is of nobility and an ally of Leliana, who joined the Inquisition at her request.

Josephine sees getting royal courts of Thedas on the side of the Inquisition as both a challenge to herself as well as the best hope to save Thedas.

Story

Dragon Age Keep

Due to the new console generation (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) and Dragon Age: Inquisition's transfer over to the Frostbite 3 engine, BioWare have developed an alternative to transferring the varying Dragon Age worlds created by players from their playthroughs in previous games, over to DAI. Dragon Age Keep is a web app that will launch prior to DAI in 2014 and allow players to mold worlds as they see fit, defining their Wardens, Hawkes, companions and choices made in important moments in the Dragon Age world.

Prequel Novels

Dragon Age: Asunder (written by BioWare's David Gaider), Dragon Age: The Masked Empire (written by BioWare's Patrick Weekes) and Dragon Age: Last Flight (written by fantasy author Liane Merciel) detail events between Dragon Age II's ending and Inquisition's beginning. Asunder covers the war between the mages and templars and The Masked Empire covers the civil war in Orlais.

Last Flight will release in September 2014 and will cover revelations of the Grey Wardens, who have been silent since the 5th blight was ended in Origins.

Plot

A great number of demons from The Fade, new and old, now roam Thedas freely.

The continent of Thedas is in chaos. Orlais is deadlocked in civil war. The Circle of Magi have revolted and the Templar Order (led by the Seekers of Truth) have broken off from The Chantry to oppose the mages and anyone who would stand in their way. All is not well within the Grey Wardens and they have been mysteriously quiet.

Dragon Age: Inquisition begins with an explosion which tears the Veil apart, that which separates the world of Thedas from the dream-world called the Fade, home to spirits and demons. Only one person survives, marked with the power to close tears in the Veil.

This person becomes the Inquisitor, leader of the revived Inquisition group. As with the original version of the Inquisition which pre-dates The Chantry, this new Inquisition answers to no-one and tasks itself with fixing the Veil and solving the world's problems along the way.

Development

Dragon Age: Inquisition was confirmed to be in development following a post from executive producer Mark Darrah on September 17th, 2012, and has been in development since 2010.

Like its predecessors, Dragon Age: Inquisition will be set in Thedas and will feature a new protagonist. Whereas Dragon Age: Origins took place in Ferelden and Dragon Age II in Kirkwall (and the Free Marches), this time the adventure will span across all of Thedas. The game will be set after Dragon Age II and the novel Dragon Age: Asunder, in which both the magi of Thedas and the Seekers of Truth, leading the Templar Order, have broken off from the Chantry and prepare to go to war with each other.

The large areas of DAI

On the BioWare panel at Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo 2012, creative director Mike Laidlaw stated that "customization is going to be bigger than Dragon Age: Origins", and also include "follower customization". On the same panel, lead writer David Gaider mentioned that "You will be human", and that "backgrounds will be in Dragon Age 3 even though you will be human, it's not playable but it does significant impact on the story". (Gaider's words were later contradicted when Bioware revealed in August of 2013 that the player will, in fact, be able to play as an elf or dwarf.) Cinematic designer John Perry also stated that "he's had a longer pre-production on DA3 than any other BioWare project he's worked on". Perry also mentioned that "just one level in DA3 is as big as all of DA2's levels combined".

BioWare demonstrating DAI at PAX East 2014

At E3 2013, the first Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer was released with Dragon Age: Origins character Morrigan (voiced again by Claudia Black) narrating over war-zones featuring unspoken appearances by Dragon Age II characters Varric Tethras and Cassandra Pentaghast. Having foreseen (along with her mother, Flemeth) the chaos that the Dragon Age universe would descend into, Morrigan asks the new protagonist if he/she will save Thedas or lead it to its destruction.

At E3 2014, BioWare demonstrated a relatively small area of Thedas called , said to be bigger than all of Dragon Age: Origins (the larger of the 2 previous games) combined. Other locations announced included a return to Redcliffe in Ferelden from Origins and the second ancient Elven homeland, The Dales.

The closed beta for the Dragon Age Keep began in early 2014 and continues up until its release in time for Inquisition.

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