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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ advanced classes will be available to all races

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: InquisitionPhoto courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

Fans will be able to tailor the protagonist of Dragon Age: Inquisition to their tastes as the options regarding what class, race, and gender the character will be is placed solely in the hands of the player. Many similar fantasy role-playing titles often restrict gamers from playing certain combinations of race and class due to lore reasons but that won’t be a concern inside the upcoming Bioware release after Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw confirmed on April 24 any race will have full access to all of the game’s specialized advanced classes.

This means that any race can pick up any class specialization. For example, the different races of Thedas have different methods for using magic, but it won’t matter how the magic is conjured as all will still ultimately be able to learn the skills of a Knight Enchanter for example.

One thing that isn’t clear is if this means that dwarves will be able to be mages. Players weren’t allowed to create dwarf mages in Dragon Age: Origins since the race is naturally resistant to magic. It’s possible that Laidlaw meant that any specialization for the classes available to a race will be possible which still means that certain base classes can’t be accessed by specific races.

Bioware has unveiled one specialization for each of the game’s three classes thus far. Warriors will be able to become Champions who can shrug off attacks. Mages can learn the arts of the Knight Enchanter who can summon protective spells and magical blades to wield their powers in a physical fight. Finally, Rogues who learn the ways of the Artificer can deploy mechanical devices such as traps.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is currently being developed using the Frostbite 3 engine. The game will release on Oct 7 for the Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.