It had oodles of potential and promise that it was going to be a gajillion and 2 percent better than whatever round joints in square sockets features Dragon Age 2 coughed up and left us with like a soggy hairball. Alas, for all of the nice things that it was going to offer us, the Dragon Age: Inquisition release date has been pushed back from its initial October timing. Anyway, reasoning, the new release date and sadfaces all round can be found after the break.
The “Official” Reason for the Dragon Age: Inquisition Delay
Mark Darrah, the captain of the ship on this one (Executive Producer of Dragon Age: Inquisition) is the one in charge of the words and explanations and he’s delivered to us a mostly solid round of reasoning for the game’s delay,
“That has meant completing huge amounts of game content, fixing bugs both big and small, and improving the overall experience. This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero’s choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on. “
So emotional choices and the open spaces of the game are being improved? Good stuff then, as they’re both essentially the foundations of the two Dragon Age games that we’ve loved (or one and a half – sorry again, DA2) since the series began. It’s not clear how those emotional impacts will be made a whole bit heavier like a supernatural grizzly bear and the ‘doof’ and ‘ow, that bloody hurt!’ of its paw on your heartstrings as surely recording new bits of dialogue for your party (in Dragon Age: Inquisition, your party followers are said to be more actively critical of your moral decisions) would take too long and switching up the clear cut bad vs good choice system (with colour code red and blue icons, natch) probably isn’t very feasible.
However, having been privy to the game and having a hands-on with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (which is also a giant supernatural RPG), Nathan Grayson over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun notes that the levels of immersion between the two are massive and that “DA’s denizens were stuck in their tracks like they were born and raised in a vat of quicksand. No sudden movements. Really just no… movements in general, actually.” Hardly something for EA and BioWare to shout about then (but definitely something for them to have time to fix. Maybe? Yay!)
The delay probably has something to do with the billions of other games coming out either on October 7th (DA:I’s old release date) or the weeks accompanying, so at least we’ll have another month to divvy out our paychecks or rob a bank.
November is the New Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date
So when’s the bloody thing coming out then, Jasmine? I hear you asking me, pointy end of a pitchwork threateningly poking towards my noggin (impatience is rude, by the way) well it’s out in November, thank god, so we can all be rude and impatient together as we wait for it to land in our disc drives/Steam libraries/torrent clients (I won’t judge) complete with massive environment, tactical body part aiming and something called “Focus” that’s meant to help us kick some scaly dragon booty, I think.
The Dragon Age: Inquisition release date is the 18th of November in North America and the 21st of November in Europe on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Click here to pre-order it.