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Dragon Age II DLC announced. First trailer inside

BioWare has announced “The Exiled Prince,” a DLC pack for Dragon Age II. The reveal of the three-mission add-on comes two months before the game’s release on March 8. Players who pre-order the sequel to Dragon Age: Origins before January 11 will receive The Exiled Prince DLC along with some other treats, including the game’s soundtrack and exclusive in-game weapons. Those who don’t pre-order the game will need to cough up $7 or 560 Microsoft Points for the privilege of playing through the additional princely content.

The Exiled Prince will feature Sebastian Vael, a noble archer on a mission to avenge the murder of his family. In typical Dragon Age fashion, it sounds like the choices you make will have a big impact on the outcome of Sebastian’s quest. According to BioWare, you’ll need to “either avenge Sebastian’s murdered family to reclaim his title or direct his holy vengeance on their enemies in Kirkwall.” As expected the royal archer will also be able to join your group as a follower for the majority of the singleplayer campaign.


Above: A teaser for The Exiled Prince DLC


Above: A CG teaser for Dragon Age II, which is scheduled to release in North America on March 8, 2011 and in Europe on March 11 for 360, PS3, and PC

“Our goal for the Dragon Age II DLC is to extend Hawke’s journey and the Dragon Age universe by introducing additional characters with meaningful storylines and intense, dynamic missions,” said executive producer Mark Darrah.

Still, it’s tough to get too excited about the background and lore of a new character when the game’s not even out yet. How do you feel about developers and publishers trying to sell you DLC on the day of release?

Jan 7, 2011



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14 comments

  • LIKEUCARE - January 8, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    DA2 Signature is preordered but uh, the game ain't even out yet and a DLC is announced! The BioWare of today is very different from the better BW of yesterday, the Baldur's Gate days. Oh well... I did enjoyed DA:O, but its DLC were truly pathetic. Especially compared to Mass Effect 2, DA:O DLC were very underwhelming, poorly made. So with this sequel in mind, they better make worthy DLC or I won't be buying them for sure! What I despise @ BioWare and Bethesda... they release games with DLC already in mind, and a full year later, an "ultimate or GOTY edition" gets out with all the stuff. Makes you think about waiting longer before getting the whole package instead which I might do eventually.
  • Crabhand - January 8, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    I am excite.
  • FauxFurry - January 8, 2011 12:15 a.m.

    As a pre-order bonus or special edition purchase incentive,it is a way to go. Not the best way,necessarily,but they've got to discourage pre-used game purchases someway other than selling entire games as downloadable materials or selling subscriptions to games streamed from their servers. Maybe 'Feelies' would be preferable,not that one needs action-figures,pendants or mouse-pads with pendulous mammary padding to play one's used game. I missed out on getting an Okami reusable watercolor board since the Gamestop location I purchased it from didn't have them available but that didn't hamper my enjoyment of the game any. I'd have very much liked to have one,though. My purchase didn't help keep Clover afloat for too much longer,so it would be nice to have something other than an unmarred disc to show for buying it new. If they came standard with all new copies of Okami,it might have sold a few more copies...maybe. Perhaps with the artistically inclined,anyway. This Sebastian character and his quest(s?) are likely as superfluous as Kasumi or Zaed,so it isn't as if those who buy the game used miss out on too much,though if curiosity gets the better of them and they want to experience this character for themselves rather than from videos online,560 points will satisfy the urge which conquered them,giving Bioware at least $7.00 for their trouble. That isn't quite fair to those who fully intend to pay full price yet don't have the money on hand to pre-order in the next 4 or so days before that deadline is up. That isn't so much rewarding customer loyalty (not that the customers should ever feel any kind of obligation to purchase from corporations which themselves should endeavor to serve the needs or wants as the case may be of the consumer)as it is giving those who obviously have more available disposable income at the beginning of the year less reason to spend more money on their goods. That just isn't sound business sense!
  • Clovin64 - January 7, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    I agree with oryandymackie on this one. Creating DLC before the game has even been released doesnt make much sense to me.
  • IGiveUFunkButt - January 7, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    Dragon Age DLC blows. This is the equivalent of Mass Effect DLC where you play as a janator on the Citadel who's been fired and has to get a new job. Biowear, just extend the main character's quest, is that so hard?
  • oryandymackie - January 7, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    Creating DLC pre-release to squeeze even more money out of the buyer. Charming.
  • Shorter - January 7, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    As long as Sebastians as badass as Shale was I'll be happy.
  • wedgie - January 7, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    I don't really have a problem with this because they told you a while ago that you get character DLC, etc, if you preorder it. DLC annoys me when you need it to unlock something is already on the disk, etc (see Capcom and alternate costumes for an example)
  • Bloodstorm - January 7, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    @karooo Because they want to give you incentive to buy it new. It's preferable over other methods they use to try and get you to buy games new. Will this be like the expansion with Shale from the first game and come free with all new copies? Or is this only if you preorder before the 11th?
  • potpan0 - January 7, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    With a game as expansive as dragon age, I don't think it is really a problem they announce the DLC before release. You don't need it and will still have a ton of stuff to do if you don't buy. (I do think the Soldiers Peak thing was a bit cheeky though)
  • karooo - January 7, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Why cant they include this in the disc?
  • skeletalbutton - January 7, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    He sounds way to much like Shrek for me to take him seriously.
  • HitmanSB07 - January 7, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    I have a moral obligation to blame all of this on EA. I think if it was up to Bioware they'd just include it on day one.
  • Bawheidbob - January 7, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    This happened with the last game and i for one do not have a problem with it. You do not need these extras to enjoy the game and one can download content at any time and go through it at a later date. Yet it will always raise the questions of why not just include it with the game. Maybe they should wait until games are out even if it is only a few weeks then hit us with DLC

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