BioWare Discusses Dragon Age 3 Holiday Build, Posts Screenshots

Over the holidays the folks at BioWare are apparently going to be having a bit of fun. It’s work, yes, but not work work in the normal sense; they’ll be playing through Dragon Age: Inquisition’s “holiday build,” which contains the game’s entire story quest. That’s notable for a big reason: Mass Effect 3′s ending wasn’t implemented into that game until shortly before it launched, whereas Dragon Age III is still at least most of a year away from our hands. Parts of the story may change based on feedback, but at least the plot they got out ahead of the game this time.

Producer Mark Darrah explained the purpose of putting together and having everyone play the holiday build in a series of bullet points. They are:

1. The main storyline completely playable from beginning to end: This allows the story to be experienced in an interactive state, and lets us get pacing and spacing right.

2. All of the gameplay systems working together: This means that you can experience the game as it is intended to be experienced, with each feature feeding into another.

3. Starting VO recording for large parts of the game (More on this later).

4. Getting music in (More on this later).

5. Making sure that each class has a distinctive feel: Making sure that the party is a necessary and exciting part of combat (More on this later).

6. Getting our tech locked down.

“Later,” by the way, means “not in this blog post.”

Darrah also posted some screenshots. One is at the top of this post. Here’s another.

See all the other stuff he has to say in the blog post. And then hope for the best.

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12 Comments on BioWare Discusses Dragon Age 3 Holiday Build, Posts Screenshots

Robyn

On December 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Glad at least Bioware employees have fun playing the latest Bioware games. I guess there has to be -someone- that enjoys them.

Aedelric

On December 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

A mother always loves her child, no matter how bad they are.

It is like Bioware wants to stop making RPG’s, but instead of just telling us outright they just start making the games so bad that no one wants to play them any more.

Fack

On December 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

BioWho?

gasmaskangel

On December 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Dragon Age III is where all of my hopes lie with Bioware however we still have next to no official information about it. Its hard to feel enthusiastic about people I don’t know getting to play a game I’ve seen barely anything of.

Still, the fact the main story line is done gives me a bit of hope. A small, easily crushed ember of hope, but its better than nothing.

Maay

On December 20, 2013 at 1:08 am

This is going to be their redemption, or their fall into tartaris. I pray they have realized what’s at stake.

Vire

On December 20, 2013 at 4:01 am

Maker bids you luck, Bioware, that this game will be as flawless as the first of its series.

Aedelric

On December 20, 2013 at 4:17 am

Some of you are more forgiving than they deserve, why should DA3 be the last chance? Was DA2 and ME3 not enough of a disappointment?

Two chances seems ample to me.

hemlock3630

On December 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

@Vire “Maker bids you luck, Bioware, that this game will be as flawless as the first of its series.”

*lol*

I LOVE Bioware’s DA series…..

but DA:O was not ‘flawless’

Kevin

On December 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Bioware can get back in my good graces by making a solid game. But I’m going into this assuming it will suck or at best be average.

Petyr

On December 21, 2013 at 5:14 am

Unfortunately Kevin, ‘average’ by BioWare’s recent standards will also mean that it sucks. Average simply isn’t good enough for them right now, they need to deliver the best game since the EA takeover if they’re going to have any chance of long-term survival.

Petyr

On December 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

Unfortunately Kevin, ‘average’ by BioWare’s recent standards will also mean that it sucks. Average simply isn’t good enough for them right now, they need to deliver the best game since the EA takeover if they’re going to have any chance of long-term survival. The mainstream outlets have signed the company’s possible death warrant by refusing until very recently to even acknowledge the true reasons for the fan disillusionment/backlash, which has given BioWare the incorrect assumption that it was just a small and vocal minority of entitled whiners as opposed to the massive and increasing section of the fanbase fed up of paying larger and larger prices for more and more unreliable products.

John

On December 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

They are doing a wonderful job teasing me. The moment this comes out is the time I buy the next Gen system.