The Combat

The team at BioWare wants to bring back some of the tactical edge to combat, with more strategy and pause-and-play options. This involves giving classes clear roles and making it easier for them to fight together. Strategies that emphasize teamwork will produce rewarding results, and will give players an incentive to try various party combinations and vary their approaches. “There’s nothing to stop you from taking all warriors, all mages, or all rogues,” Lee says. “But you’ll certainly have challenges if you do that.”

The Grey Wardens

In Dragon Age: Origins, players assumed the role of a Grey Warden. The Wardens are an ancient order sworn to selflessly protect the world from the Darkspawn menace, so they essentially embody the ideal fantasy heroes. And yet…it looks like the Inquisition is fighting against the Wardens in the trailer. “Your Inquisition forces are clearly storming this castle and killing Grey Wardens. We don’t want to give too much away, but we thought that was an interesting message.” Why would you be fighting these warriors? At a different point in our conversation, Lee also said, “You’ll experience multiple enemy factions, because whoever is pulling the strings here has been out to not only weaken enemy factions, but corrupt other ones.” He isn’t referring specifically to Grey Wardens in that case, but it explains why the Inquisitor might be at odds with some once-friendly faces.

The Post-Game

This is another element that isn’t a direct part of the trailer, but after you finish the story it describes, you aren’t necessarily done. High-level zones, advanced crafting, and more difficult enemies await Inquisitors who are eager to find a challenge beyond the main story. “We don’t expect players to explore all the world by the time they finish the campaign,” Lee says. “The world’s too big for that.”

The Dragons

There’s no deeper meaning or interpretation here, but these dragon shots look really cool. Then again, the game is part of a series called “Dragon Age,” so that’s not exactly unexpected.

For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, be sure to check out our coverage from when the game was first revealed.