Dragon Age 2 gets post-release graphical update for the PC

Feel the need to show-up your console owning friends with your amazing PC? Dragon Age 2 may be just the game to help you do it. Following the North American release of Dragon Age 2, BioWare has posted a high resolution texture pack for PC owners on its social network website. The 1.08 GB collection replaces most of the art in the game and will be especially noticeable on level art.

Above: Dragon Age 2 released today in North America and will release on Friday, March 11 in Europe

Above: A trailer for the ultra bloody adventure

All this eye candy comes with a price however. Only owners of 1024 MB DirectX11 graphics cards can make use of the update. According to the current Steam hardware survey, this accounts for only 5.6% of PC gamers. Will you be playing Dragon Age 2 this week? Let us know in the comments.

Mar 8, 2011

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  • Mortified_Cow - March 9, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    excellent timing since I just finish build a new gaming PC the just so happens to meet the requirements. I'll have to check this out.
  • kingdom - March 8, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    @ JanGrode Theres a difference in having 1024mb of video ram and having dx11 capable cards. I bought it, downloaded my hi res, and before today rounded up I think all of the DLC items aside from the facebook game crap. I'm ready...too bad I have ~8-10 hours to go to finish up DA-O Awakening since I bought it over x-mas...time to get cracking. DA2 Did look fantastic for my vote though.
  • cart00n - March 8, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    I'm just waitin' for Amazon to send me my copy...
  • JanGrode - March 8, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    Who came up with that 5,6%? First, you don't need a DirectX11 Card, quote: "Most of the benefits from the Hi-resolution textures will only be seen if you are able to run the game in DirectX 11." Also, if you look through the steam statistics you can see that 34,63% have 1024MB of VRAM.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - March 8, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    I, for one, got the update, and the game looks dang purdy. DA2 is phenomenal. Am really enjoying it thus far.
  • Brutalicus - March 8, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    I'm lucky enough to have built my computer recently, so I installed it. I'm taking a short break, but so far I'm extremely impressed with the story, and the graphics are nice too!
  • rabidwolf0817 - March 8, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    Yes! good to know my mighty gaming beast isn't for nothing. Thanks Bioware! I'm so excited! Can't wait to be all smug and holier-than-thou about this. Also good to know that according to Steam, I AM better than 95ish% of people when it comes to computers owned. yay statistically justified egotism!
  • db1331 - March 8, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    It's a nice gesture I suppose, but the game was still (openly) designed for consoles. Let me know when they release a patch for the gameplay on PC, then we'll talk.
  • sweetchiliheat - March 8, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    I guess I'd be in that 5.6%. I really don't notice the difference however, the game still looks worse than other games like Dead Space 2, Crysis (obviously), even Mass Effect 2 looks better imo. Appreciate the effort by Bioware though!
  • mothbanquet - March 8, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    As a friend of a smug holier-than-thou PC gamer (you know who you are), I'm glad to see she most likely ain't one of those 5%. Definitely pickin this game up this friday, been itching to get my hands on it since the demo - and here I thought demos were an antiquated concept...
  • TouringMedal2 - March 8, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    these graphics compounded with the new interesting art style will make one good looking game

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