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'Dragon Age Inquisition' and 'Mass Effect 4' developer talks DLC transactions

'Dragon Age Inquisition'
'Dragon Age Inquisition'
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

Bioware has revealed some changes that are being made to the DLC transaction system. According to a report from Segment Next on Aug. 26, the studio announced that Bioware Points will no longer be used in upcoming video games that are internally developed by the company. The initiative is going to begin with "Dragon Age Inquisition" and should also be applied to the tentatively-titled, "Mass Effect 4."

In the previous games, Bioware Points can be converted from real-life money. The virtual currency is used to buy DLC for the PC and Mac versions. The console iterations of the same titles use the unique transaction systems set up by Microsoft Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment. In the future, PC and Mac players will be able to buy expansions directly from the Origin program using real-life money.

Bioware also clarified that players who still have a balance of Bioware Points won't be left out. Furthermore, the prior titles is still supporting the virtual currency system. As a result, players can use Bioware Points to buy DLC from "Dragon Age Origins," "Dragon Age 2," "Mass Effect 2," and "Mass Effect 3."

The development team previously confirmed that several other big changes are being made in "Dragon Age Inquisition." In terms of graphics, the studio opted to use the Frostbite 3 engine to created a highly-detailed world that is also massive at the same time. For combat, elements from both "Dragon Age Origins" and "Dragon Age 2" are being combined to offer the best possible experience for fans of both prequels.

Electronic Arts will be releasing "Dragon Age Inquisition" on Nov. 18 in North America. You can find a screen of the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One game near the top of this article (via the series' official Facebook). "Mass Effect 4" should be coming out later although the publisher has not yet officially announced a release date time frame.