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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ dev says a director’s cut of the game is unlikely

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

After the recent announcement that Dragon Age: Inquisition is now content complete and the development stage is moving onto a full alpha where material that doesn’t flow right will be cut from the game, some fans are wondering if Bioware has any plans to release a director’s cut in the future which will include anything that possibly gets cut from the game between now and its release later this fall. However, Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw confirmed on May 4 that they won’t likely ever release such content in any format.

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

The reasoning behind why Dragon Age: Inquisition, or any other entry of Bioware’s popular fantasy franchise, is unlikely to receive a director’s cut edition is that the cut material doesn’t often have a chance to reach a near-finished stated. As Laidlaw explained, the development process behind the games actually sees such content frequently cut early in the cycle. This means that Bioware would have to go back and build this material from nothing in order to create a director’s cut that includes it.

Since the content was deemed unworthy to be in the game in the first place, it makes little sense to go back and create it simply for the sake of an enhanced edition. Bioware’s time would be better spent making DLC and other future Dragon Age content rather than forcing cut material back into the game. Ultimately, news that there will be no director’s cut for Inquisition only means that early adopters don’t need to fear that they aren’t getting the best version of the title.

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on Oct 7 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. Like many upcoming Electronic Arts titles, including Bioware’s next Mass Effect project, the third installment of the Dragon Age series is being developed on the Frostbite 3 engine.