Dragon Age 2 Lets You Import Your Saved Game, Forces You To Spend More Time In the Fade

I don’t mean to be a Negative Nancy, but that’s just my nature, and so I’m gonna say that when I think back on my time playing Dragon Age, I never ever remember the Fade. And then when somebody brings it up, I kinda groan. I don’t hate the Fade, but I do find its segments to be among the more lackluster in the game. But the Fade won’t be (pardon me) fading away any time soon, BioWare’s Mike Laidlaw tells NowGamer.

The Fade is an incredibly significant locale in Dragon Age II. That feeling of the surreal grounded in the real is what makes the Fade stand out, and it’s almost a license for us to take off some of the limits. We will be bringing the Fade back for sure in Dragon Age II. In terms of how central it will be, I think there’s some very critical moments tied to the Fade but I don’t want to go into too many details.

I’ve got a lot of ground to cover in this post, so I’ll leave it at that.

While you’ll be playing as Hawke in the sequel rather than your character from the original game, that doesn’t mean you can’t import your completed game into it. As Laidlaw says, your actions in the first game play a large part in how the world looks at the end, and it’s important to carry that over.

We look at it as importing the world really. I’ve always seen Dragon Age as a franchise as about more than any one character. It’s about entire an entire span of history and the whole world that’s affected by what happens. So that was our approach and I think the importing stays true to that in the sense that the decisions your Warden made and the person they were all affects Dragon Age II. You know, who’s in charge of Ferelden, what happened with the Dwarves, who’s running Orzammar? All of these things are reflected and accounted for in Dragon Age II.

And, finally, Morrigan is back, despite her backstabbing cowardice.

Morrigan’s story s not over even after the Witch Hunt DLC, and although I can’t go too far into it, I can say that she’s not done with this world by any stretch of the imagination.

Whew. That’s a lot of stuff to mull over right there. Look for Dragon Age II: Not Origins on your cutting edge consoles and the PC on March 8. Be sure to check out Mark’s thoughts on his time playing the game at PAX.

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