BioWare sets date for Dragon Age II, releases debut trailer

Speaking during its GamesCom press conference, Electronic Arts set the release date for Dragon Age II, which will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The sequel to the popular fantasy role-playing video game will be released in North America on March 8, 2011 and in Europe on March 11, 2011.

A trailer for the highly-anticipated title was also revealed during the press conference where BioWare's Ray Muzyka wowed the audience with computer-generated fighting. Despite the fact that the trailer does not feature in-engine footage, fans of the series will definitely be excited upon watching it.

The second annual GamesCom trade fair kicked off today in Cologne, Germany. The event is world's largest video game show with 245,000 visitors, more than 4,000 journalists and 458 exhibitors from 31 countries attending the show in its first year. Microsoft, Sony and Electronic Arts are just some of the many video game companies set to make an appearance at the event.

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Please oh please have Tim Curry and Claudia Black back in this game. That was coolest part of DA1. I mean they can actually act as well as voice act which made the game that much more engrossing. I really hope this game lives up to the bar that DA1 set for it.

I liked the whole darkspawn storyline, I guess we dont know much about this one yet but I dont think the plot or character dev. will be as good in this one.

So, will Morrigan and other characters have any role in the sequel? It seems like they're scrapping the characters from the first game...

P1ckles said,
So, will Morrigan and other characters have any role in the sequel? It seems like they're scrapping the characters from the first game...

I doubt any of the original characters will be present, except for random mentions. The game takes place some years before and after the original game (10 year span) but mostly in another country which was not affected by the blight.

Personally, and I know I'm in the minority, I like games where I make the story, not where I play out some pre-scripted one (no matter how good it may be, that's what watching movies are for.) I enjoyed the first Dragon Age and it's expansions because of the different origins and such while this one you are a specific character with a specific story. I'll pass but I'm sure it will be a great game for those that like that sort of thing. I'm disappointed Bioware has decided to swing more to the story and away from the sandbox but oh well.

Asmodai said,
Personally, and I know I'm in the minority, I like games where I make the story, not where I play out some pre-scripted one (no matter how good it may be, that's what watching movies are for.) I enjoyed the first Dragon Age and it's expansions because of the different origins and such while this one you are a specific character with a specific story. I'll pass but I'm sure it will be a great game for those that like that sort of thing. I'm disappointed Bioware has decided to swing more to the story and away from the sandbox but oh well.

For me it's the other way around. I generally don't enjoy games where you make your own story. The main reason for this is that I am always afraid to miss parts of the story or to pick the 'wrong' choices which makes my play experience less good than that of other stories. I may be 'oldfashioned' in this, but I just really think that if only 1 story is possible, that story has been thought of over and over again, and you are less likely to get gaps in the experience.

Asmodai said,
Personally, and I know I'm in the minority, I like games where I make the story, not where I play out some pre-scripted one (no matter how good it may be, that's what watching movies are for.) I enjoyed the first Dragon Age and it's expansions because of the different origins and such while this one you are a specific character with a specific story. I'll pass but I'm sure it will be a great game for those that like that sort of thing. I'm disappointed Bioware has decided to swing more to the story and away from the sandbox but oh well.

Bioware made it pretty clear that this was going to be a slightly different game. And we will have voice acting on your own character. They want this to be more like mass effect and less baldur gate...which is a welcome change.

RuuddieBoy said,

For me it's the other way around. I generally don't enjoy games where you make your own story. The main reason for this is that I am always afraid to miss parts of the story or to pick the 'wrong' choices which makes my play experience less good than that of other stories. I may be 'oldfashioned' in this, but I just really think that if only 1 story is possible, that story has been thought of over and over again, and you are less likely to get gaps in the experience.

+1. Extreme choose-your-own-adventure games, such as Oblivion, bore me. I can appreciate their technical merits. But I feel so bogged down with choices and decisions, that I don't ever "zone out", relax, and enjoy the game.

Abvex said,

Bioware made it pretty clear that this was going to be a slightly different game. And we will have voice acting on your own character. They want this to be more like mass effect and less baldur gate...which is a welcome change.

Yea a game not being like one of the best games ever made must be a good thing....

*rolls eyes*

RuuddieBoy said,

For me it's the other way around. I generally don't enjoy games where you make your own story. The main reason for this is that I am always afraid to miss parts of the story or to pick the 'wrong' choices which makes my play experience less good than that of other stories. I may be 'oldfashioned' in this, but I just really think that if only 1 story is possible, that story has been thought of over and over again, and you are less likely to get gaps in the experience.

As noted you are in the majority and I recognize that. The point of sandbox games is that you can't do EVERYTHING one time through and so you are going to miss things. Some things are simply optional, others are mutually exclusive, ideally the endgame will be different depending on the choices you have made and there is no such thing as a "wrong" choice. If you didn't like the outcome play the game again and make different choices and see how that works out for you. The tight story based games what do you get when you play it again, pretty much the exact same thing you did the first time and that's not fun FOR ME. I'm of the opinion that I'm 'oldfashioned' as I believe the sandbox games came first. The tight specific stories really rose when CG and cut scenes became more common. Back in the old school RPG days you made your characters/parties. It's not really black and white though, most games have aspects of both Sandbox and Story but I lean more toward Sandbox personally then Story. I think the Elder Scrolls games are the best RPGs ever made for example (better the Final Fantasy), Grand Theft Auto series is amazing, etc. To each is own though. :-)

Abvex said,

Bioware made it pretty clear that this was going to be a slightly different game. And we will have voice acting on your own character. They want this to be more like mass effect and less baldur gate...which is a welcome change.


Oh I'm not upset with Bioware. I recognize I'm in the minority in my taste for sandbox games and so it in that sense it makes good business sense that they'd go in this direction. It's just disappointing in that they appeared to spend so much time on the first game allowing you to create a variety of races/sex/class combination and actually having them effect the greater story just to throw it all out and give you a preset character/story in the sequel. I'm sure the game will sell great but I'll stick with the first one personally. I had just hoped that this was going to be a new sandbox franchise like Elder Scrolls, Fallout, GTA, etc. but apparently not.

c3ntury said,
.. i should really go about completing the first one now.

Me too... have it laying here... Since i've read and heard so much great about it i wanna upgrade my comp before i play it though, to do it justice. <

c3ntury said,
.. i should really go about completing the first one now.

Same here. I'm more than halfway through the first one, but had to stop due to work and school...

...but that was 6 months ago. >_<