With Dragon Age II’s release imminent, senior producer Fernando Melo feels the sequel has far more reach than Origins, even potentially attracting the same kind of crowd that flocks to gaming’s biggest franchise, Call Of Duty.
Speaking to NowGamer Melo said: “We have data that shows there are a lot of people that enjoy playing RPGs although they won’t necessarily call them RPGs. They’ll play Fallout, Assassin’s Creed and even Call Of Duty, which have these progression elements – you’re putting points into things – but they don’t necessarily associate that as an RPG. So we think that if we expand that out we’ll attract a much bigger audience.”There’s certainly logic in his thinking, and with individuals who failed to be enticed by BioWare’s original epic actually being swayed by the sequel – not to mention the upcoming demo giving gamers a chance to sample its goods first – there’s every change Dragon Age II may succeed in this goal.
It's a sad day for RPG gaming when Bioware calls Call of Duty an RPG because it has level progression. Dragon Age: Origins was a call back to the classic RPG's and sold millions, more than Mass Effect 2, it's so clear there is an audience, a BIG one wanting deeper RPG's yet Bioware are just spitting them in the face for a crowd who already have their share of games and are content with them. It's insane.