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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ director says fans are overanalyzing the latest video

Ever since Bioware unveiled the most recent trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition earlier this week at Gamescom 2014, fans have been closely studying the video in search of hidden clues about the upcoming game. Gamers have been analyzing the trailer to see if more returning faces can be discovered after it was discovered that Hawke, the protagonist of Dragon Age II, would make an appearance in the series’ next installment. However, Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw told fans on Friday that they are “overthinking” the trailer and its following announcements.

Dragon Age: Inquisition
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The inclusion of Hawke in the video was intended to be a surprise but not a hidden one. In fact, Laidlaw instantly tweeted confirmation that it was indeed Dragon Age II’s Champion of Kirkwall who was seen in the trailer. This revelation caused many to speculate if other characters that were briefly shown in the video were also important figures from the franchise’s past.

However, since Bioware was so open about the fact that it was Hawke, the developer is telling fans that there are no hidden secrets about the identity of anyone else in the trailer. One figure who has generated much discussion is the person who appears next to Hawke. Since that character is wearing Grey Warden armor, many initially believe this to be the hero of Ferelden from Dragon Age: Origins.

Correcting the speculation, Laidlaw denied that the character in question was the series’ first playable character just as soon as he confirmed that the other was Hawke. The creative director of the franchise told fans that they are simply reading too much in the trailer. After all, Hawke wasn’t meant to be head so why would they hide the identity of any other character?

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on Nov. 18 on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and PC. Like both previous installments of the series, players will take on the role of an all-new character within the upcoming game.