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Dragon Age: Inquisition To Support Cross-Generation Save Transfers

by Joe Juba on Jul 06, 2015 at 02:37 PM

Dragon Age: Inquisition (our review) released on last-generation consoles, but BioWare isn't supporting the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions with future DLC. If you played the game on an old console but plan on upgrading to the latest model, you can continue your previous journey by bringing your save over to a newer systems thanks to a newly announced transfer feature.

The process isn't exactly simple. There are several steps to complete the transfer successfully, and you can read all the details yourself in BioWare's post. If you don't want anything in-depth, here's the short version: You need to own two copies of Dragon Age: Inquisition – one on the old system, and one on the new. You can only transfer from old consoles to new, and within the same console family; it needs to be PlayStation 3 to 4, or Xbox 360 to Xbox One. You also need the Black Emporium DLC installed on both systems, which is free. If you have any items tied to an old save (like pre-order bonuses) that you have not bought or downloaded for the new system, they will not make the transition, but the save will still transfer. If you bought a DLC pack (like Jaws of Hakkon), you can re-download it on the new system at no charge. You can also transfer your multiplayer progress. 

Players cannot transfer saves from PC to any other platforms.

The save import is different from the Dragon Age Keep, which serves mainly to transfer your character's decisions between systems. This new feature actually transfers your inquisitor (though you may need to tweak his/her appearance in the Black Emporium's mirror), items, and story progress. In effect, you can pick up where you left off on the new system.

BioWare hasn't given a specific release date for the feature, but it will be included in Inquisition's impending July update.



Our Take
I can't complain about BioWare giving its players more options, but I also can't imagine the audience for this particular feature is very large. In a "good news, bad news" situation, this save import seems engineered to overshadow the fact that BioWare is discontinuing DLC support for the PS3 and 360 versions of the game.