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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ dev talks how the game fits into the series' timeline

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition
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Dragon Age: Inquisition will put fans in the role of a new protagonist within the game’s upcoming third installment. While it is clear that this fall’s release will take place after the events of the first two titles, Bioware hasn’t revealed exactly how much time has passed the events of Dragon Age II until now. Taking time to answer a few fan questions on April 14, Dragon Age Executive Producer Mark Darrah confirmed that the franchise’s next entry will be set nearly immediately following the end of the second game.

Without giving any spoilers, Dragon Age II concluded with Cassandra and Varric leaving Kirkwall. Dragon Age: Inquisition will begin with the two in Orlais. Darrah revealed that only the time it would have taken the characters to travel to this new country will have transpired, meaning that there won’t have been a large passage of time between the second and third games. It is likely that the factions of Thedas have yet to truly deal with what happened at the end of Dragon Age II by the time that Inquisition will start.

Furthermore, both Cassandra and Varric were the first to companion characters that were confirmed as party members within Dragon Age: Inquisition. Bioware also revealed at PAX East that Cassandra would be a possible love interest for the main character. The developer won’t specify if Varric will be a romance option at this time. The crossbow wielding dwarf was also a companion in Dragon Age II where, much to the disappointment to many fans, he wasn’t a love interest.

Dragon Age: Inquisition releases this fall on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. The game is being built using the Frostbite 3 development engine and will be the first Bioware title to appear on the new generation of consoles. As such, the upcoming game is expected to be the best looking game the developer has ever released.