Dragon: Age Inquisition Was Nearly a Multiplayer Only Game

Co-op could have been the future of the Dragon Age franchise.BioWare revealed in an interview with GameIndustry.biz that Dragon Age: Inquisition was planned as a multiplayer only game.

“Weirdly we actually had a project code-named Blackfoot which was the first game we had that was looking at Frostbite. It was a Dragon Age game, multiplayer only, that was in development before Dragon Age II came out. That became the core of what became Dragon Age: Inquisition, the techlines, more than any of the development, so we’ve actually been looking at this a long time.”

BioWare also stated that a multiplayer campaign would be too complex and that the time wasn’t right for the Dragon Age series.

“We also have a new engine (Frostbite 3), and we had to create many new tools to support the huge amount of cinematics and localization that a BioWare title requires,” the answer reads. “A full MP campaign would have been another layer of complexity, and we decided it wasn’t the right time for the franchise to take on that feature.”

However, as BioWare sees multiplayer as a key part of the role-playing experience, they decided to create four-player adventures instead.

“At its roots, role-playing is a multiplayer experience. It’s sitting at a table with your friends and playing a pen and paper experience. It’s been a single player experience on computers for a long time, but Baldur’s Gate had multiplayer co-op through the story. This is an attempt to get that feeling back, something you can do, get a fantasy experience, but much more bite-size,”

Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing game set in a fantasy world and is a sequel to Dragon Age II. It’s developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It will be released on November 18, 2014 in North America and other regions up to two weeks later. Furthermore, you’ll be able to play it on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

My Opinion:

As a RPG fan, I love to get immersed into a fictional world, which I don’t believe is possible in a multiplayer only game. I understand that some people really like the concept, but I don’t.


Lucy Pallent is an Associate Writer at MONG. She is a girl gamer from a rock in the middle of nowhere and is the world’s biggest n00b. She likes Nintendo, JRPGs and food. Feel free to follow her random ramblings on Twitter.

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