While many players are obsessed with how long it takes to complete a game, Bioware isn’t revealing how long they think it will take fans to beat Dragon Age: Inquisition because the developer feels that the answer will vary widely from player to player. Even when just focusing on the main storyline and ignoring the title’s side content, Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw revealed on July 6 that the total hours invested in the upcoming release will differ too greatly depending on the player to an attach an expected game length that will be representative to every player’s experience.
Gamers are generally concerned with how many hours they can put into any given game as a measure of the title’s worth. Many feel much more comfortable in purchasing a full-priced game if they know that they can spend at a minimum amount of time playing. Large, open-world games like Dragon Age: Inquisition are already hard to assign a completion time to as they generally feature a large number of bonus content such as side quests and exploration that can greatly inflate their length.
However, Bioware is hesitant to even hint at how long it will take fans to complete the main story missions of Dragon Age: Inquisition as there will be too many variable in the primary campaign. Different play styles and battle tactics will obviously change how long battles will take, but different in-game decisions will change the outcome of the narrative. When asked to give an estimate on how long it will take to finish the game’s story, Laidlaw replied, “It will vary by player, so the number’s a highly inaccurate metric.”
While fans might not know how long the game will take to complete until after they finish it themselves, it is certain that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be the largest installment of the fantasy series to date. With a bigger world than any previous Dragon Age title and greater emphasis on world exploration, this fall’s release has the potential to also be the franchise’s longest game.