Today BioWare showed the briefest of glimpses of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, but fortunately people have camera phones these days. The slightly out of focus picture above was said to be the first screenshot of the third game, which is due for release in fall 2013.
BioWare art and animation director Neil Thompson showed the screenshot in a presentation on the evolution of video game art at the Bradford Animation Festival, Eurogamer reports. He said working on the Frostbite 2 engine has freed up his team to concentrate on improving the world, instead of dealing with aging tools.
“Dragon Age was done on the proprietary engine Eclipse," Thompson said. "I think anyone who played Dragon Age 2 would agree that engine was starting to creak a little bit by the time that was released."
Dragon Age 3 will hopefully be a marked improvement over its somewhat maligned predecessor, given the new guts, its significantly greater scope, and a long incubation period.
“Obviously Frostbite is the Battlefield engine built by DICE," Thompson said. "It's a beautiful, beautiful engine. And what we've found is an improvement with DA3, is the artists who were really battling with the Eclipse engine have just embraced Frostbite. The work they're doing now is stunning."