Dragon Age 2 dated

Story and character details announced.

Dragon Age 2 will be released in March 2011 on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, EA has confirmed.

In a press release the publishing behemoth said that the game is in development at BioWare's Edmonton-based studio.

According to the blurb: "With Dragon Age 2, the world's pre-eminent RPG developer is revolutionizing the genre again, infusing the universe with more action, a new, more responsive combat system and a dynamic story that is already among the most multifaceted in gaming."

The hero mentioned earlier today by US mag Game Informer is Hawke, a survivor of the Blight who will transform the face of the Dragon Age universe forever. He's described as a penniless refugee who rises to power to become the single most important character in the world of Dragon Age. Known to be a survivor of the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, the legend around Hawke's rise to power is shrouded in myth and rumour.

Dragon Age 2's story will span a whopping 10 years, and players will help tell that tale by making tough moral choices, gathering the deadliest of allies, amassing fame and fortune, and sealing their place in history. The way you play will write the story of how the world is changed forever, says EA.

"Last year's launch of Dragon Age: Origins was one of the most successful in BioWare's 15-year history and one of the most successful new IP launches in the 28 year history of EA," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, senior vice president of EA and co-founder and group general manager of BioWare.

"Dragon Age 2 will simultaneously deliver an epic story and set a new bar for intense action in the genre. We're very excited to deliver this next bold evolution in the Dragon Age franchise to our fans."

"With Dragon Age 2 we are creating an exciting new entry point into the Dragon Age universe while ensuring that fans of the original game retain a sense of satisfaction and familiarity in the world," said executive producer Mark Darrah.

"We are amplifying the things that made Dragon Age: Origins such a huge success while introducing a more dynamic combat system, improving the graphics, and telling the most important story in our world."

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