Bioware has sent out the first wave of beta invitations to help test the Dragon Age Keep which will allow fans to setup the game world of Dragon Age: Inquisition by giving players the opportunity to answer several questions so that they can select their favored decisions from key branching paths presented in the franchise’s first two installments. As reported by Game Informer on March 12, the developer has officially asked players to check their inbox after the initial wave of beta testers were notified on Wednesday.
In the past, Bioware has relied on direct save imports that allow fans to allow their past in-game decisions to continue to affect new titles in such series as Dragon Age and Mass Effect. However, for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the developer has decided to create the Dragon Age Keep instead.
Using the keep, players will be able to connect to their EA account online and answer a series of questions in order to set the state for the third installment of the popular fantasy franchise based upon their unique decisions. This has several distinct advantages over the act of simply trying to implement save file imports to check for past decisions. First, those who may not have played previous Dragon Age titles can still utilize the Keep. Second, Bioware is able to more easily choose important events from the first series that they may not have thought to include a trigger to allow them to easily check what a player did by only importing a save file. Finally, since Dragon Age: Inquisition will also be available on next-gen consoles, the Keep will allow gamers to continue their personal stories on new platforms that can’t read old save files.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled to release this fall on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.