BioWare Says It’ll Take Inspiration from Skyrim for Next Dragon Age Sequel

Developers at BioWare told Wired this week that they’d be looking to the extremely popular and well-selling The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for inspiration when building the next title in the Dragon Age series. As you probably already know, Dragon Age II was both lauded and hated for some of its design elements this year (and for feeling rushed out), and BioWare went so far as to change the game somewhat substantially through DLC, addressing things like repeated environments and enemies.

BioWare is looking to take some of the improvements it made in Dragon Age II and marry it to the things people loved about Dragon Age: Origins, and that sounds like it’s the primary design goal and hurdle for the Dragon Age series as it approaches a third installment. It’s not officially announced yet, but there have been rumors about multiplayer elements and playable dragons, and BioWare has been coy about the whole thing thus far.

What inspiration BioWare might take from Skyrim and other open-world games isn’t really clear and the developer didn’t elaborate to Wired. But what it does seem like BioWare is very keen on is addressing just about all the fan feedback it received on the last two Dragon Age titles. So if you’re really adamant about something about the next DA game, it may actually pay for you to go voice your opinion on the forums. Sounds like BioWare is listening.

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5 Comments on BioWare Says It’ll Take Inspiration from Skyrim for Next Dragon Age Sequel


On December 22, 2011 at 6:55 am

I hope they will listen to the users also.
And here are few thing’s that make Skyrim awesome(so they can have a head start before next elder scrolls :) ) .
.An open world -or at least vast hubs like W2 (minus the dreadful drm ?).
.Lots of lore and a chance for replay-ability.
.A decent tool set for mobbing(day one would by great).
.A continuation to the world and the events (not necessarily to the story)
.Customization to every character.
.Meaning-full and long Dlc’s .

Brandon J. Clark

On December 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I have one request…. let me love on Morgan more……


On December 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

When will GameFront be getting the interviews straight from the developers?


On December 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Then they should just take it closer to it’s own roots, ie Baldur’s Gate.

Instead it sounds like they’re doing to the next Dragon Age what they did to Dragon Age 2, trying to glue on things from other games that made money which only dilutes the game they’re working on.

The Elder Scrolls remains successful because they try to keep to their roots and the fans they’ve gained, perhaps BioWare should try (going back to) that sometime.


On February 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

one i agree with brandon j i think dragon age is awesom really digging skyrim to but i think a mix between the to would end my girlfriends love for me i would love to c a better style quick menu i love all the weapons and most magic but going to favorite menu and having to scrol down till i find it is long and really gets me outta the game feeling i really liked the DA menu thats my only comment and it be awsom if i could have a marubi in skyrim not a fimiler