EA issued a press release earlier today announcing that Dragon Age 2 was already in development. A project at EA subsidiary BioWare’s Edmonton studio, the game’s existence comes as no surprise to anyone who follows the gaming world. It’s progenitor, Dragon Age: Origins, was widely hailed as one of the best video games to come out last year.
In fact, as RPGs go, DA:O was really only eclipsed by the release, just a couple of months later, of Mass Effect 2, another BioWare property.
|“Last year’s launch of Dragon Age: Origins was one of the most successful in BioWare’s 15-year history and one of the most successful new IP launches in the 28 year history of EA,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Senior Vice President of Electronic Arts and co-founder and Group General Manager of BioWare. “Dragon Age 2 will simultaneously deliver an epic story and set a new bar for intense action in the genre. We’re very excited to deliver this next bold evolution in the Dragon Age franchise to our fans.”|
In Dragon Age: Origins, the story revolved around saving the land of Ferelden from the Blight, a generational occurrence in which dark creatures from the deep underground swarm and try to destroy all life above. Dragon Age 2 centers around Hawke, a survivor of the Blight from the first game. The sequel takes a longer view of things than did Origins, spanning an in-game timeline of ten years.
Once again, BioWare is focusing on player interaction within the game, forcing gamers to make moral choices. Each choice ripples throughout the game’s fabric, changing – sometimes permanently – how things are played out.
EA is planning another simultaneous multi-platform release for Dragon Age 2, with copies coming out for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. No estimated time of publication has yet been announced.