Dragon Age: Inquisition’s 40 Endings Mostly ‘Major Variations’

Dragon Age: Inquisition will have 40 endings, but according to a BioWare producer, many of them have differences based on player choices and are not fully unique, different endings.

The point of clarification came from Dragon Age: Inquisition Executive Producer Mark Darrah, who took to Twitter to explain what he and others at BioWare meant when they threw out the number “40″ as being how many different distinct endings players will be able to unlock in the latest Dragon Age.

“Most endings are major variations based upon your choices in the game. There are only a few completely unique endings,” Darrah wrote.

In March, Darrah said in a preview found in OXM that Dragon Age: Inquisition would contain 40 “meaningfully different” endings.

“You won’t find 40 endings with only slight degrees of variation between them,” Darrah said at the time.

Those two statements don’t really contradict each other — Darrah said “major variations,” and major variations are likely to be “meaningfully different” — but that’s also a lot of vague terminology in explaining how BioWare got to the 40-ending mark when talking about Dragon Age: Inquisition. And players who are skeptical have a right to be: Many are still feeling the burns from the last time BioWare made promises about endings and went back on them. Mass Effect Executive Producer Casey Hudson somewhat infamously claimed that game would have endings very different from one another, and fans were disappointed to find the color of explosions to be the primary difference between each conclusion for Mass Effect 3′s story.

All that said, BioWare has surely learned a valuable lesson from massive fallout and continued resentment some players feel from the Mass Effect 3 ending debacle, and that alone might be reason enough for the company to choose words carefully and be sure it’s fulfilling promises it makes on DA: I. GameFront has reached out to BioWare for comment and clarification on Darrah’s statement.

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5 Comments on Dragon Age: Inquisition’s 40 Endings Mostly ‘Major Variations’

Tommy B Rude

On June 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

If they wanted us to believe they learned anythnling they would have owned up to it instead of pulling that “most players are satisfied with the ending” bs till the bitter end. Fool me once shame on me, yadda yadda. I don’t give a damn how many colors the archdemon or whatever’s explosion can be, bioware gets nothing more from me. Not one dime.


On June 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

I agree with Tommy above.

There are those who got burned and will stick to there promise like myself who will never again trust Bioware and never buy any of there products again.

Then there are those who are sheep who get burned and continue to buy Biowares product knowing full well that they will get burned again.


On June 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

40 shades of grey


On June 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

So major variations are primary colours and slight variations are various shades of those colours?

Yea sure Bioware, we believe you.

T. Jetfuel

On June 18, 2014 at 3:50 am

What happened to the famous “ME3″ defense? As I recall it, the WHOLE GAME was in fact “an ending”, and there was some variety in that, so BW “never lied”. Now that I’m no longer invested in their stuff, I’d like to be able to enjoy comparable feats of PR contortionism with a nice bowl of popcorn.