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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition' director discusses race-based customization options

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

Fans will once again be able to choose to play as different fantasy races in Dragon Age: Inquisition. After the option for race selection was removed from Dragon Age II, Bioware took the time to add the feature back to the series’ upcoming third installment. In addition to being able to decide the race and gender of the protagonist, gamers will be allowed to further customize their character’s appearance. Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw revealed more details regarding character creation on Aug 4 to confirm that certain options, such as tattoo styles, will be exclusive to specific races.

Laidlaw confirmed that, while each playable race might have options for different customization options like tattoos, the choices presented to each race might differ from one another. For example, the tattoos that a dwarf character can choose from will be entirely different from those available to an elf or human Inquisitor. This is just one way that Bioware is using small details to fill the game with lore and visually show the difference in the racial styles of Thedas.

In the early stages of development, Bioware was originally only going to allow players to be human in Dragon Age: Inquisition. The developer decided to take the extra time necessary to add back the option to select race like in Dragon Age: Origins. However, the developer is giving fans more options than ever by allowing gamers to choose from a larger number of potential races. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, fans will be able to play as human, elf, or dwarf as well as adding the option to make a qunari character for the first time.

The release date of Dragon Age: Inquisition was recently pushed back from early October and is now scheduled to launch on Nov 18. The game will be the first Bioware title to appear on the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Inquisition will also be available on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.