Dragon Age Day!

dragon-ageHere at Bio Break, we are declaring a new, one-time-only holiday: Dragon Age Day! Why?  Even though the game isn’t out yet (oh, but we can drool thinking about it), it’s close at hand, and today BioWare have released their character editor (320 MB download) so we can get a head start on making our future beloved characters.

Why am I so excited about this?  I honestly tried to keep my head down and ignore as much Dragon Age info as possible, because I knew that I’d get worked up if I gorged on the news — I’m a huge BioWare fan, and Baldur’s Gate II remains one of my top RPG experiences of all time.  Dragon Age is the spiritual successor (they are creating their own IP, independant of D&D), with a much darker edge — Conan, Song of Ice & Fire and The Witcher are often referenced as influences for the bloody fantasy tone of the game.  I just know that BioWare’s going to tell me a great story, and that I’m going to want to replay it a few times to get different experiences out of it.

Before you do anything else, however, it’s imperative that you get thee over to the official Dragon Age site and watch the “Sacred Ashes” trailer (NSFW) — literally, I had chills, it was that good.  The Penny Arcade crew has also created a comic promoting the game, which is well worth a lookie-loo.

Giantbomb.com has a great 20 minute hands-on look at the game, including character leveling options, that might sate your thirst a bit.  If you’re looking for lots of info and lore and are not afraid of a few spoilers, the Dragon Age Wiki is out there, just waiting to be plucked.  And don’t forget to visit Dragonchasers and read Pete’s background piece on the Grey Wardens, one of the primary factions in the game!

For a MMORPG connection, Dragon Age is important because (1) it will continue to showcase BioWare’s dedication to telling awesome stories and throwing complicated choices at the player as they hopefully will in The Old Republic, and (2) it is a peek into their emerging stance on microtransactions.  One of their recent announcements concerned a pair of downloadable content packs for launch — one which comes free if you get the game at the stard, and one which will cost around $7.  It’s a little bit irksome to me to be given a game on day one and then told that I don’t have the complete experience, and if I want it, I need to pony up some more cash.  Unlike Arbitrary, I probably will, because I do want that full experience, but it’s a bit much to have right at the beginning.  At least some of the content will be free, so it’s not all rainclouds and doom.

P.S. – The BioWare Blog has posted a few alternate download sites for the character creator, as well as a way to earn a free in game item!

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12 thoughts on “Dragon Age Day!

  1. Starayo October 13, 2009 / 12:49 pm

    Oh man! Forgot about the editor! I’d better set it to download and then go to sleep or I’ll be having three hours or less again.

    You lucky Yanks get Dragon Age a few days before us poor Aussies. I’m going to have to force myself to play Champions or Heroes of Newerth and pretend that I don’t know what this strange “Bioware” is, to keep my sanity. That or I could play mass effect again.

    Oh man, there’s going to be dragon age all over the internet and I won’t be able to play iiiiiit >_<

  2. evizaer October 13, 2009 / 12:55 pm

    Watching that gameplay video, I think I just wet myself. This looks like it might be my dream single-player game. And that was apparently a video from early in the game, as well, before the full intricacies of the combat system are in effect.

    I’m not excited about SW:TOR at all, but Dragon Age looks like it may be the game of the year.

  3. Dont October 13, 2009 / 1:27 pm

    Broken link is broken. Thanks for the heads up anyway.

  4. CirdanX October 13, 2009 / 1:52 pm

    You were not the only one who had chills!!!! The trailer is extremly amazing O.O

    Oh yeah character creation!

  5. Vort October 13, 2009 / 2:27 pm

    This and Torchlight games should keep me away from any MMO for a while. *Thats a good thing*

  6. Hambone Hamlet October 13, 2009 / 4:11 pm

    Nice little character creator for DA, like previous Bioware games alot of different sliders for facial details and a couple of cool tattoos.

    As for the DLC on day one, I think I am going to skip it for now and see if they give to us for free in a couple of months.

  7. We Fly Spitfires October 13, 2009 / 4:17 pm

    Downloading it now! 🙂

    My only dilemma is should I get it for the PC or PS3?

  8. Buhallin October 14, 2009 / 1:32 am

    Trailer was awesome – even my wife (who normally isn’t into single-player stuff) was like “Ooh, I want to be HER!” 🙂

    And, well, Claudia Black… At least it sounded like her for all of two lines… But still… Claudia Black.

    I’ve been avoiding hype for the sake of avoiding spoilers, anyone know if she has a full voice part?

  9. arbitrary October 14, 2009 / 5:24 am

    I made a dwarf, and then went back to LotRO. Heheh, I’m so distracted lately. But – cute dwarf females!

  10. Ryver October 14, 2009 / 6:39 am

    I’ve been watching the game on/off for awhile. I know I will play it. I’m just trying to decide if I will grab it once it releases or wait for a x-mas present 🙂

  11. Ysharros October 14, 2009 / 8:14 am

    “I honestly tried to keep my head down and ignore as much Dragon Age info as possible”

    Ditto. And yet, I am getting a leeeettle bit hyped-up.

  12. ninefingers October 14, 2009 / 9:12 am

    After the unfortunate outcome of my Mass Effect character, I didn’t touch the sliders much this time around. I’m pretty sure the outcome was much better than the horrors of “what could have been.”

    No, seriously. My Mass Effect character looks hideous. So much so my wife even asked “What’s wrong with her?”

    *sigh*

    ninefingers

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