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BioWare has a history of cleverly tackling the challenges of importing decisions from one game to the next. The Mass Effect 2 interactive comic was a smart way to get PlayStation 3 users up to speed, and even became an add-on for the Xbox 360 iteration. Now the studio is getting players ready for Dragon Age: Inquisition (and jumping the generational divide) with Dragon Age Keep.
The Keep will allow players to customize their worlds and experiment with different Dragon Age stories. This set of tools will allow you to identify how you played Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, address the variety of permutations related to the Warden, Hawke, and the characters and politics of Thedas, and reshape Dragon Age: Inquisition to your designs.
The data will then be pulled down at the start of your Dragon Age: Inquisition game. No save files are required, though BioWare is investigating how they might use them to streamline the Keep process.
The application will also make sure that you don't have any conflicting decisions that might yield errors in the world. This will prevent the types of logic problems that popped up from time to time in Dragon Age II as 600 data points were imported.
Signups for the browser-based Dragon Age Keep beta are open now. It will become available for public consumption in 2014. Be sure to also check out our month of Dragon Age: Inquisition coverage.
Our TakeThis is a very clever way to deal with the problem of cross-generational data imports. Not only does this allow players to continue in the Thedas they've shaped over multiple games and DLC, but it gives new and old players a chance to easily experiment with decisions without replaying the previous games.
I'm eager to mess around with Dragon Age Keep just to refresh myself on the huge number of choices present in both games. For diehards, the beta is the perfect playground (and BioWare will no doubt welcome the feedback).
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A very cool idea, in my opinion. I've played through Origins and DA II more times than I can recall; even so, I'm looking forward to playing around with this.
Sounds like a cool way to make you're decisions matter from the previous games.
So what? Do we import our saves to this, than import the Keep to Inquisition with the option of tweaking some decisions? Cuz that's what it sounds like to me.
This game is coming out for the current generation too, right?
This sounds like a great tool for Dragon Age fans who may have lost their original playthrough saves in the past. I played both Origins and DAII on Xbox 360 back in the day but have since lost both those saves. I am currently replaying Origins on PC and plan to replay DAII on 360 after that and it's nice to know that, despite the different platforms, my decision in both games will be able to be ported over to Inquisition.
Just let me make a set of choices by default at the beginning of an RPG where choices import, and I'll be happy. Why is this so hard for RPG developers to understand? I realize it gives incentive to play the original games, but the only Dragon Age entry I have interest in beside Inquisition would be DA2, as my time with Origins was a boring slog with an unoriginal story held up pretty much entirely by the main cast of characters and some interesting moral dilemmas. In contrast, my time with DA2 was far more interesting.
I realize some love the old D&D style combat, but there are those of us who don't who want to experience the universe.
Oh this is great. I've been having alot of trouble finding the copies of Origins and II that i'm wanting, besides that I've made it a habit of deleting old save data from my console so that I have room for other games.
This is a nifty idea. I would definitely like to keep the decisions I made in the previous games.
Sweet. Should be quite interesting.
Sooo...like the way Mass Effect did it when it came to the PS3...
Well played Bioware...the approach to Dragon Age 3 and the marketing leading up to its release has bolstered my confidence and faith in the series...(and Dragon Age 2 wasn't that bad, IMHO...)
i just played Dragon Age II for my first time on a demo i downloaded... my god that demo was so terrible. after playing that, i dont know how i can ever be excited for this game
Awesome, that's exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks! :)