An unverified Dragon Age 3 survey has spilled new information on the unannounced game. Chief among it, word that you'll play as leader of a new establishment called The Inquisition.
As either a warrior, mage or thief, you assemble a team of up to 10 heroes and battle a menacing new evil. You can do this both directly, on the battlefield, and indirectly, by sending out spies and engaging in political warfare.
The survey also apparently mentioned online and co-op modes, special finishing moves and controlling four party members at a time. Concept art of possible companions was shared as well (posted below).
The survey was summarised on NeoGAF and discussed extensively on the BioWare Social forums. The general consensus was trepidation: the information seemed fishy, but no one could dismiss it outright. Two of companion pictures we've also seen before, back when BioWare held a PAX East panel about the future of Dragon Age.
Here's what's supposed to be a leaked plot synopsis from Dragon Age 3 (the survey asked participants to highlight the areas that they liked or found appealing):
"The great nation of Orlais, the most powerful empire in Dragon Age, tears itself apart in civil war. The stout men and women of Ferelden struggle to recover and reclaim their nation from the horde of vile Darkspawn that lay waste to its lands a decade ago. The Templar order has broken away, claiming the church has become too lax in policing the dangerous powers of the mages. The Mage circleshave rebelled, believing the Templars have become too strict, too zealous in their duties, and too quick to slaughter those who step out of line.
"The world of Dragon Age is one on the brink of collapse, and when a desperate gathering in the name of peace becomes the epicentre of a magical blast that decimates the Chantry's leadership, it becomes clear that someone or something is manipulating events to drive the world into chaos.
"From the ashes of that explosion, something new rises: The Inquisition. As the Inquisitor, it falls to you to build up your power and martial your forces, uncover secrets and build connections across the world. You must explore forgotten spaces, uncover ancient mysteries and uproot those who would destroy the fabric of the world."
Apparently, an alternative version of that synopsis outlines a world in which "hordes" of demons have been unleashed into the world, commanded by some evil that will need identifying and defeating.
Much of this story is preluded in recent Dragon Age novel Asunder, by the way, which I enjoyed reading and recommend.
The Dragon Age 3 logo that's doing the rounds has been outed as a fake.