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Update: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ preview details new player-controlled armies

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Bioware is currently working to complete Dragon Age: Inquisition as the third installment of the series is set to release later this fall on both new and old platforms alike. While the next installment of the Dragon Age franchise will bring back many familiar mechanics, a recent preview of the title also revealed that gamers should expect several new features coming to the game as reported by Gameranx on May 6.

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All modern Bioware games, such as Dragon Age and Mass Effect, are known for the freedom they give fans to customize the protagonists of the titles. However, Dragon Age: Inquisition will push the sense of customization and progression even further because gamers won’t simple have their own character to develop as they will have an entire army at their control.

While Bioware fans are accustomed to controlling additional party members in addition to their main character, the next entry of the Dragon Age series will take the control players have over non-player characters to new heights. As the head of the Inquisition, fans will be able to actually lead the faction however they desire.

In order to control the Inquisition, players will speak with three different commanders. Each one of these figures control a different aspect of the faction and, like the player character, can each be upgraded. How fans choose to improve the Inquisition through the use of the commanders will make an actual difference in the game as the army has its own skill and benefits and each commander represents a separate skill tree. In a way, the Inquisition provides an alternate form of progression that can drastically change the way the game unfolds.

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on Oct 7 for the Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Not only will gamers be able to control a customizable army inside the game, but they will also be able to build a home base which they can use to plan their strategies.

Update: Further elaboration on the in-game base of operations, a report from The Epoch Times on May 6 also detailed many of the possible different options which can be obtained in Dragon Age: Inquisition depending upon how players decide to improve the Inquisition faction at with their three commanders located at the customizable base of Skyhold. One example was provided for what each commander could offer if they were upgraded. This results in gaining either stronger Inquisition soldiers, increased trade revenue, or better gathering skills.