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‘Dragon Age Inquisition’ gameplay hours, ‘Skyrim’ comparison and more detailed

Screenshot from ‘Dragon Age Inquisition’
Screenshot from ‘Dragon Age Inquisition’
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

Cameron Lee has further discussed some of the general gameplay elements of the upcoming “Dragon Age Inquisition.” According to a report from Vgamerz on April 27, the executive producer stated that the third main installment of the series will be several times larger when compared to “Dragon Age: Origins” and “Dragon Age 2.” One of the main reasons for the increased size is the new open-world environment design.

The areas in “Dragon Age Inquisition” will be bigger and feature more depth than the previous titles. However, Cameron Lee admitted that exploration won’t be as open-ended as the previously-released “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” video game that came out on Nov. 1, 2011, for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Andrew Farrell did reassure fans that there will still be plenty of secrets that are going to reward players for exploring all corners of the map. You can find the comments from the senior environment artist below (courtesy of Bioware Blog):

Get off the beaten path! Just like exploring in real life, look under all the rocks, under all the bridges, and in all dark corners of the map. Take the path less-traveled and you might something interesting… or surprising.

Cameron Lee also revealed what fans can expect in terms of gameplay hours for “Dragon Age Inquisition.” Players should be able to beat the campaign somewhere between 40 to 50 hours by skipping the side quests and cinematic sequences. However, they can get as much as 100 hours if they take their time trying to do everything in one play through. The software product should also include some replay value due to the branching paths. Players can also choose between multiple genders and races to play as the main protagonist in the story.

Cameron Lee and the rest of Bioware are preparing to release “Dragon Age Inquisition” on Oct. 7 in North America. The PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions will be published by Electronic Arts, the parent company of the development studio. You can check out a screen featuring the third main installment of the action role-playing series from the official “Dragon Age” Twitter page with the photo attached on top of the article.