Dragon Age 3: Inquisition draws open-world influence from Skyrim

Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will take notes from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's balance of a huge, explorable world with significant player actions. BioWare's Aaryn Flynn spoke to Game Informer (via Kotaku) about the next in BioWare's fantasy RPG series.

"You can't look at a game like Skyrim and not think about how impressive what they've accomplished is—or [think] that's an interesting new direction or that there was something that didn't work well for them that we could take in a new direction," Flynn said. "So, we're always influenced by these games, especially in a relatively tight-knight genre like RPGs."

Flynn said that RPGs should return to a greater emphasis on exploration, as BioWare itself did in games like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. BioWare has strayed from the open path in both Mass Effect and Dragon Age, Flynn said, but that's one way he wants Dragon Age 3 to return to its roots.

Inquisition is still early in development, with no confirmed release date. Reports have surfaced that it may be targeted to appear early on Sony and Microsoft's next-gen consoles.


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  • Gavo - December 5, 2012 8:23 p.m.

    This is looking good. The more they go back from DAII the better, I'm getting excited about this.
  • darron13 - December 5, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    Do it while keeping story and character progression with deep RPG mechanics, and I'll be happy.
  • Clovin64 - December 5, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    Don't sacrifice story or character and I'll be happy.
  • ParagonT - December 5, 2012 4:10 p.m.

    I'd like to see it first.
  • brazmanoqk - December 5, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    For god's sake just don't sacrifice story and conversation, there's almost nowhere else to get that outside of Bioware.
  • winner2 - December 5, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Fingers crossed, please don't mess it up again bioware. Just make it like the original and we'll be happy.
  • samsneeze - December 5, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    Oh... Oh dear. That's not good.
  • Redeater - December 5, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    Because DA2 was the complete antithesis of Skyrim and focused on replaying the same area two or three times? How could this go wrong? The answer? VERY EASILY!
  • samsneeze - December 5, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    Dragon Age: Origins was great the way it was and Mass Effect 3 was the only game in the series I felt stumbled in the environment department. Mass Effect 1 was open and Mass Effect 2 had you running down narrow corridors, sure, but it never felt like the same narrow corridor. Dragon Age II was abysmal in the environment department. It was the same three caves on repeat from start to finish. And the places you did visit(All three of them) were completely uninspired.
  • Redeater - December 5, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    Speaking of Skyrim I noticed Dragonborn is out. Any word if flying dragons actually came to fruition? Or was that just rumors?
  • kyle94 - December 5, 2012 5:56 p.m.

    I haven't played it myself, but unless I'm wrong, yes you can ride dragons.
  • Travia220 - December 5, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    Give us a huge world to explore. Excessive stats, awesome inventory, good companion customization. A huge skill list with a ton of depth.. and not another Dragon Effect game and my faith will be restored in BioWare. Although the reality of the situation is that the game will be a dumbed down RPG with every little bit of the game holding your hand down to conversation pieces being colour coded and statistics being non-existent.

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