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'Dragon Age: Inquisition' screenshots reveal the desolate Western Approach

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BioWare slipped out some fresh screenshots for “Dragon Age: Inquisition” on Saturday that reveals one of the new areas in the upcoming PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC role-playing game. Welcome to the Western Approach where a once fertile land was turned into a hostile desert.

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The screenshots were released on the official “Dragon Age” Facebook page and show of different parts of the barren landscape that is The Western Approach. This includes images of the Fortress of Adamant, which just so happens to sit right next to the Abyssal Rift.

In an accompanying post on the official site, it is explained that the Fortress of Adamant was built to stand against the darkspawn that spilled out from the Abyssal Rift. The location was built by dwarves and housed griffons to help in the fight. However, the years were not kind to the surrounding area and the expense of maintaining the fortress eventually became too much for the Grey Wardens to justify. While the fortress was built solidly enough that it still stands, the post suggests that it would be difficult to resurrect.

This description fits in well with the strategic component of “Dragon Age: Inquistion.” As the Inquisitor, players will have to reclaim lands against the invading darkspawn and set up shop in different fortresses around the land of Thedas. Capturing these points is crucial though as it opens up new areas to explore. Players will have to decide which locations to man, where to deploy troops and agents and when to withdraw from attacking forces.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” is more of an open-world title than its predecessors but it is not as seamless as the current benchmark, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Instead, it will feature large zones for the players to explore such as The Western Approach.

The game is currently scheduled to be released on Oct. 7, 2014. This will be a simultaneous worldwide release for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

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