Dragon Age II News

BioWare reportedly set to unveil new Dragon Age later this week

Despite being "at least three years away".

According to a new report, which Eurogamer understands to be true, BioWare is set to offer a first taste of its long-awaited next Dragon Age at this week's Game Awards. That's despite it still being "at least three years away" from release.

Years later, BioWare reveals why Dragon Age 2 expansion Exalted March was canned

When BioWare moved from Dragon Age 2 to Dragon Age: Inquisition, something was lost. It was an expansion called Exalted March.

We didn't know about Exalted March until BioWare canned it, and we weren't told why it was dropped. But we assumed; we assumed BioWare wanted to get away from the negative reaction to Dragon Age 2 and onto something new ASAP.

"But not so!" Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw revealed on Twitter last night. "It was the move to Frostbite.

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The first draft of Dragon Age: Origins didn't even have Grey Wardens

And a narrator you thought was Flemeth turned out to be an old Morrigan.

When BioWare finished work on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) and second Neverwinter Nights expansion Hordes of the Underdark (2003), two separate teams began work on two separate new games. One was a science fiction game that would become Mass Effect, and one was a fantasy game that would become Dragon Age.

BioWare turns 20 today

BioWare have the years gone?

Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer BioWare has turned 20 today, but it doesn't look a day older than 19.

Dragon Age Keep was once World Vault for DA2

Then, "after many many months", it changed.

BioWare's Dragon Age Keep aims to consolidate everyone's previous-game choices on one interactive web platform, and make world states - save files - importable to Dragon Age: Inquisition on any platform.

Should BioWare give up romances?

Dragon Age writer David Gaider mulls the answer.

Remember all that hullabaloo about revealing lesbian sex in Mass Effect? However ludicrous the criticism, it's the sort of steamy content BioWare fans have come expect - love stories, love scenes, and often quite daring and progressive ones (for video games, at least).

Fan-harassed writer Jennifer Hepler leaves BioWare

Questions whether abusive fans scare away talent.

Jennifer Hepler, the BioWare writer harassed by fans for her work on Dragon Age 2 - and for comments made years earlier about wishing to skip combat sections in games - this week left the famed RPG studio to work on a book and pursue some freelance work.

BioWare announces Dragon Age 3: Inquisition

BioWare announces Dragon Age 3: Inquisition

UPDATE: It's coming in late 2013.

Update: EA has announced that Dragon Age 3 will arrive in late 2013, which presumably makes PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 likely candidates - although platforms were not specified.

"Lots of questions RE: platforms!" echoed BioWare community coordinator Tully Ackland on Twitter. "We are not talking about them at this moment in time."

Original story: BioWare has just announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition.

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BioWare shares new Dragon Age (3) concepts

Hints at saved game integration, Orlais setting, party members.

BioWare's Dragon Age team held a PAX East panel at the weekend to share ideas for a "completely hypothetical project" that you can more-or-less take to mean a work-in-progress, and unannounced, Dragon Age 3.

Dragon Age developers "checking Skyrim out aggressively"

BioWare says next game will draw on outside influences.

While the next game in the Dragon Age series will stay true to the format laid down by its predecessors, it will also draw on outside influences, including Bethesda's Skyrim, according to BioWare boss Ray Muzyka.

Upcoming Xbox Live schedule detailed

Bulletstorm, Gears of War deals incoming.

Deals on Bulletstorm DLC, an XBLA release for Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and new content for Dragon Age 2 head up the latest Xbox Live content schedule.

Crysis 2 racks up three million sales

Crysis 2 racks up three million sales

Dead Space 2, Dragon Age II pass 2m.

FPS sequel Crysis 2 has now sold in three million copies worldwide, publisher EA has announced.

Portal 2, Dead Space 2 and Dragon Age II, meanwhile, have all broken the two million mark, while FIFA 11 nears 15 million units and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 nine million.

The numbers come from EA's fiscal Q1 earnings report, which saw the publisher log non-GAAP net revenue of $524 million, down slightly from $539 million this time last year. Digital revenue was picked out as a highlight though, increasing 11 per cent to $209 million.

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Dragon Age 2 Legacy DLC release date

Dragon Age 2 Legacy DLC release date

You get to leave Kirkwall.

Dragon Age 2 downloadable add-on Legacy launches on 26th July, EA has announced.

It costs 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360, 800 BioWare Points on PC and Mac, and $9.99 on PlayStation 3.

BioWare described Legacy as a "major, story-based DLC".

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Dragon Age II DLC Legacy spotted

Achievements leak online.

The Xbox 360 Achievements for the Dragon Age 2: Legacy downloadable add-on, which BioWare plans to unveil at the San Diego Comic-Con, have leaked online courtesy of Xbox360Achievements.org.

BioWare: why sequels are good

BioWare: why sequels are good

"From a gamer's perspective it's a positive."

Some criticised game show E3 2011 for its focus on sequels, but for one game developer they're a good thing.

That developer is BioWare, creator of Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3, the third game in the science-fiction shooter role-playing series.

"There are a couple of reasons why sequels are actually good in the games business," BioWare boss Greg Zeschuk told Eurogamer.

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New Dragon Age II PC patch goes live

New Dragon Age II PC patch goes live

PS3, Xbox 360 update due later this month.

A new Dragon Age II patch has gone live for Mac and PC users, BioWare has announced.

Available from the developer's official site now, the 1.02 update fixes a number of bugs, improves general performance and limits crashes.

BioWare also revealed that the update is on its way to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 too.

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Buy Dragon Age II, get ME2 free

BioWare says thanks for 1 million sales.

Any gamer who buys – or has already bought – Dragon Age II can claim a free PC download of Mass Effect 2, developer BioWare has announced.

Crysis 2 EA's biggest UK launch of 2011

Crysis 2 EA's biggest UK launch of 2011

Bigger than Dragon Age II, Bulletstorm.

Crysis 2 is EA's biggest UK launch of 2011, sales-counter GfK Chart-Track has revealed.

That means the 8/10 shooter developed by Crytek has enjoyed a bigger opening weekend than Dragon Age II, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm and Fight Night Champion - the games EA has already released this year.

Crysis 2 topped the UK all-formats chart this week, selling a 57 per cent majority on Xbox 360. The remaining 43 per cent was split 29 per cent on PS3 and 14 per cent on PC. Remember, digital sales aren't counted, which excludes Steam and its ilk.

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Is DA2 "unrealistically bisexual"?

It's not just for "the straight male gamer".

BioWare writer David Gaider has launched an impassioned defence of the romance system in fantasy role-playing game Dragon Age II after a player accused the developer of neglecting "the Straight Male Gamer".

Dragon Age II patch 1.01 released on PC

Dragon Age II patch 1.01 released on PC

Same as beta, now on Steam.

The full Dragon Age II patch 1.01 has been released on PC.

That means Steam users can now download the file which, among other things, fixes a voice over problem when switching languages in the Steam version of the game.

The patch notes for 1.01 suggest nothing has changed from the beta version - they're exactly the same.

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PC Dragon Age II beta patch 1.01 arrives

PC Dragon Age II beta patch 1.01 arrives

"Users apply this patch at their own risk."

BioWare has rushed a patch out for Dragon Age II on PC that updates the game to version 1.01.

Fixed are saved games for single-core processors, DAII asking for non-existent drives, release control issues and voice over issues when switching language on Steam.

The only problem with the latter, wrote BioWare on its forum, is that this patch can't be used on Steam yet - it's in beta state and Valve won't allow untested files to be handed out to its customers.

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Dragon Age II sales: Xbox 57%, PS3 22%

More copies of Dragon Age II were sold on Xbox 360 across UK shops than any other platform - by far.

Chart-Track told Eurogamer this morning that Xbox 360 commanded 57 per cent of the total, whereas PS3 managed only 22 per cent.

The remaining 21 per cent was attributed to PC. Chart-Track doesn't count digital sales, such as those made on Steam.

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Dragon Age II DLC "beefier" than Origins'

"What exactly constitutes a DLC 9/10?"

BioWare has more Dragon Age II downloadable content besides Exiled Prince and Black Emporium "in the works" - and we're promised "beefier" experiences than were offered for Dragon Age: Origins.

Dragon Age II bug fix patch in the works

Dragon Age II bug fix patch in the works

"Two biggies" are DirectX 11, auto-attack.

BioWare's epic fantasy romp Dragon Age II arrives today and there are bugs - "two biggies", lead designer Mike Laidlaw told Eurogamer.

His team is "aggressively patching" these and hopes to offer fixes "as soon as humanly possible".

"There's been a few minor [bugs] and a few technical hiccups on PC. The two biggies that I'm aware of - that we're looking at aggressively right now - are on PC there seems to be some compatibility issues with DirectX 11," said Laidlaw.

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Hi-res texture pack for PC Dragon Age II

Got an extra 1GB going spare?

PC gamers looking for a little extra definition from their copy of fantasy RPG Dragon Age II can download a high resolution texture pack, developer BioWare has announced.

EU PlayStation Store update 2nd March

EU PlayStation Store update 2nd March

Black Ops demo, maps; PixelJunk Shooter 2.

A 1.3GB single-player demo for Call of Duty: Black Ops can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store today. It coincides with arrival of the Black Ops First Strike Map Pack (locked until tomorrow), which costs £11.49 and measures 1.4GB.

PixelJunk Shooter 2 also arrives today (7/10 Eurogamer), as does old PSone game Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.

There's a lorry-load of DLC to bolster your games with, as revealed by the EU PlayStation Blog, even some for Dragon Age II, which isn't out until next Friday.

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BioWare: don't be scared of RPGs

You're ready, insists Dragon Age II dev.

Gamers shouldn't feel intimidated by the RPG genre, so says Dragon Age II developer BioWare. They might not know it, but they already have the necessary skills to jump in and have fun.

EU PlayStation Store Update 23rd Feb

EU PlayStation Store Update 23rd Feb

Dragon Age II, LEGO SWIII, Yak 4 demos.

Demos for Dragon Age II, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and Yakuza 4 headline today's PlayStation Store update.

Both DAII and LEGO:SWIII are 1.5GB files, so leave yourself plenty of time to download them.

New games (free to trial) are Alien Breed 3: Descent (7/10 on Eurogamer), TNT Racers (7/10 on Eurogamer) and The Undergarden (7/10 on Eurogamer). What do you mean we favour a certain review score over others? Where is your evidence?

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Dragon Age II "more tactical" than DA

"It's time we learned from action games."

BioWare has moved to calm concern that it has dumbed down the Dragon Age experience with the second game in the series, insisting combat is more tactical this time around than it was in the first game.

Download Dragon Age II demo, get loot

But only if 999,999 others follow suit.

If one million users download the impending Dragon Age II demo, two new in-game items will be unlocked, developer BioWare has announced.

Meet BioWare, Crytek, Slightly Mad

Play Dragon Age 2, Crysis 2, Shift 2.

If you can get your bottom to London on 19th February, you can meet the stars of BioWare, Crytek and Slightly Mad studios - and play their games.

Dragon Age 2 has blowjob scene

BioWare allows straight and gay romances.

Dragon Age II offers more than a racy bedtime love scene - one clip shows a woman on her knees before a man, evidently intent on performing more than a simple prayer.

Dragon Age 2 demo confirmed

Dragon Age 2 demo confirmed

Unlocks an item in the full game.

Our German colleagues at Eurogamer.de have just received a press release from Electronic Arts confirming a Dragon Age 2 demo.

It's out 22nd February on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

That's a Tuesday – we assume it'll launch on the European PlayStation Store a day later on Wednesday 23rd February.

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Dragon Age II demo is

Dragon Age II demo is "not confirmed"

"This is speculation," declares BioWare.

BioWare has clamped down on rampant Dragon Age II demo speculation.

"The demo is not 'confirmed'," stated Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II lead writer David Gaider on the BioWare forum.

"We have made no official announcement.

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BioWare Docs videogame Hall of Famers

Join Miyamoto, Suzuki, Molyneux, Carmack.

BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have been inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame alongside videogame greats such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Molyneux and Yu Suzuki.

BioWare: "Too many games today"

Says we gamers can't "keep up".

You think you have trouble keeping up with all the games coming out? BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka spends up to three hours a night on games and still thinks that's not enough.

Dragon Age II gets its own Cerberus

Plus, DLC will be "larger" this time.

BioWare's upcoming fantasy role-playing game Dragon Age 2 will feature a downloadable content platform similar to Mass Effect 2's Cerberus Network.

Dragon Age 2, Bulletstorm at EG Expo

EA lets loose the 2011 portfolio.

BioWare's mammoth role-playing sequel Dragon Age 2 and People Can Fly's thousand-mile-an-hour shooter Bulletstorm will both be playable at the Eurogamer Expo 2010.

PC DA2 camera "won't pull as far up"

BioWare tuning camera as we speak.

The camera in the PC version of Dragon Age 2 "likely" won't zoom out as far as the camera in the PC version of Dragon Age: Origins, developer BioWare has said.

IGN Dragon Age 2 report debunked

BioWare shoots down dialogue claims.

BioWare has corrected an error-riddled IGN preview of Dragon Age 2, explaining that there are more than three dialogue choices per conversation.

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.

First Dragon Age 2 details hit

First Dragon Age 2 details hit

Updated with even more detail.

Update: The Dragon Age 2 website has been updated with an exciting bullet point list of new features. We've copied them.

Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.

Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.

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BioWare confirms Dragon Age 2

BioWare confirms Dragon Age 2

Says today will be "great day" for BW fans.

BioWare has said that Dragon Age 2 is in development and the developer's official Twitter suggests that a proper unveiling is due today.

Yesterday the EA-owned studio listed "Dragon Age 2, the highly anticipated sequel to 2009's 'RPG of the Year' Dragon Age: Origins," in the boilerplate regarding current projects as part of its announcement about taking control of Warhammer Online servers.

Separately, the BioWare Twitter said "2morrow will be a great day for BioWare fans. Just sayin'," at about 1pm PST / 9pm BST yesterday.

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