BioWare Drawing From Skyrim For Dragon Age 3?
This won’t come as a shock to any of you, but it’s looking very much like, despite some technical problems and an inability to provide a consistent, cross-platform experience, Skyrim will definitely be remembered as one of this era’s seminal games. Yes, obvious man is obvious, but it bears noting that these things are not guaranteed. The good thing about this, besides the fact the Skyrim’s success means future Elder Scrolls games, is that it seems Bethesda’s neighbor in the RPG-sphere has taken notice, and wants to emulate.
That would be BioWare, still reeling from an absolutely terrible couple of years that has seen the departure of key staff, including the company founders, and an enormous backlash that nearly broke the company’s fanbase. Their next big release is the upcoming Dragon Age 3, which must not only make up for the mistakes of Dragon Age 2, but do so AND overcome tremendous skepticism from fans who bailed because of Mass Effect 3. If you’ve been skeptical about DA3, perhaps then it will interest you to know that BioWare appears to be looking at Skyrim for inspiration. So sayeth Bioware’s Aaryn Flynn to Game Informer:
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. So, we’re always influenced by these games, especially in a relatively tight-knight genre like RPGs
But, as Kotaku notes, what’s especially interesting is the specific way it appears they’ll be drawing influence from Skyrim. Dragon Age 3 will apparently involve far more exploration than previous games, and Flynn specifically cites a desire to get back to roots, noting how the Mass Effect and Dragon ages series have strayed from the template seen in games like Baldur’s Gate.
While I remain amazingly skeptical of Dragon Age 3 – I liked Dragon Age 2 a lot, but I understand the horrid things wrong with it, and after Mass Effect 3… – this makes me cautiously optimistic. I have a suspicion that at very least, the Dragon Age 3 team’s heads are in the right place. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if everything else is too.