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‘Dragon Age’ fans will likely never control Hawke or the Grey Warden again

Dragon Age II
Dragon Age IIPhoto courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

Every installment of Bioware’s Dragon Age franchise has introduced players to a new protagonist. In the first game, fans took control of a Ferelden Grey Warden, while the sequel placed gamers in the shoes of the champion of Kirkwall. Continuing the trend, this fall’s Dragon Age: Inquisition will once again feature a new lead character. As the fantasy setting of Thedas provides Bioware with limitless possibilities for storytelling, it looks like the developer plans to continue to move forward with new character narratives rather than looking back as Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider revealed on Tuesday.

After a fan inquired if the series will ever go back and follow the protagonists from previous Dragon Age titles, Gaider stated that it was “very unlikely” for these past characters to ever return in a playable role. Bioware instead intends to continue bringing fresh main characters with each game. There are no plans to give gamers control over the Warden or Hawke in future titles. The same will be true of the protagonist from the series’ upcoming third installment. After Dragon Age: Inquisition, fans shouldn’t expect to play as the Inquisitor again.

By introducing a new playable character with each game, Bioware ensures that the Dragon Age series remains fresh. By seeing the events of the series through new eyes, fans are given the opportunity to view the world of Thedas through a variety of differing viewpoints. Not only does this help the franchise from becoming stale, but it also allows new players to jump into the series without having to be familiar with a returning protagonist.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will bring the third playable character the franchise has seen to date when it releases on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, and last-gen platforms on the recently delayed date of Nov. 18. While gamers will take on the role of the Inquisitor, they will be able to customize their character with options for their in-game race, class, and gender.