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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ director talks equipment customization, crafting

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Players won’t have to rely purely on vendors or loot drops in order to acquire new gear within Dragon Age: Inquisition since the third entry of the Bioware franchise will introduce a more robust crafting system than what fans of the series are accustomed to. Speaking to GamingBolt on Aug. 10, Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw revealed new details regarding weapon and armor customization as well as describing the crafting of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Laidlaw revealed that the upcoming release will mark the first time that players will be able to fully craft their own customized equipment specific to their in-game needs. To do so, gamers will have to start with schematics for the desired weapon or armor. Next, they will need to have gathered the required resources in order to actually craft the equipment.

The developer stresses their wish to allow fans to be able to have control over their character’s appearance. This extends to the look of equipped armor and weapons. To help accomplish this, each blueprint in the game is attached to a specific visual style. A single schematic can be used to create a variety of weapons with different in-game statistics and strengths while keeping the same appearance.

While style is attached to the schematic, the crafting process allows gamers to use different resources during the creation process to improve the item’s strength. Using rarer materials will produce a much improved piece of equipment. Certain materials will also provide additional effects when used in crafting. For example, forging a sword out of silver will cause the blade to deal extra damage to demons. This crafting system gives players the option to further customize their characters. Players will even be able to craft specialized gear for specific situations such as the aforementioned benefits of silver weaponry.

In addition to offering gamers the chance to select the visual appearance of their weapons and armor, players will also be able to customize the player character in Bioware's Dragon Age: Inquisition. The game will give players a choice of four different fantasy races to play as when it launches this November.