For players who were not involved in the closed beta, this is your first opportunity to access the companion website BioWare intends to “[connect] all products in the Dragon Age franchise together,” according to the Dragon Age Keep FAQ.
The tool allows players to make decisions that were available in previous installments, giving them creative reign to alter the world to their liking in preparation for Dragon Age: Inquisition. The temperament of your Champion, the background of your Warden, whom you killed, whom you romanced and who is pregnant can all be edited and can influence your playthroughs of later Dragon Age games.
To participate, players must visit the Dragon Age Keep website and log in with an Origin account. Once inside, the Keep will sync saved data (if any exists) from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II. It is then possible to change decisions based on how you’ve played in the past or to craft fresh, new worlds.
Once all of that is done, everyone’s favorite dwarf, Varric, will present to you key historical events tailored by your choices.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches November 18th in North America, November 20th in Australia, and November 21st in Europe. It will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
With traditional save file imports quickly going the way of the Dodo, BioWare is investing in a tool that may shine as a role model for other games that require player customization to carry over between titles. I can’t think of a better series than Dragon Age to make that leap.
Jordan Loeffler is an Associate Writer for MONG who drives a 2006 Pontiac Vibe with Minnesota license plates even though he lives in Portland, OR. She’s seafoam green, and she drives like a wave. You can follow him on IGN.