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.
Ending clarification: Most endings are major variations based upon your choices in the game. There are only a few completely unique endings
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) June 11, 2014
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.