Bioware recently stated that it would be unlikely for players to ever again take control of the protagonists from the first two installments of the Dragon Age franchise. However, that doesn’t mean that the series’ previous lead characters still don’t’ have an impact on future titles and their unfolding narratives. In fact, Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw confirmed on Aug. 13 that the champion of Kirkwall will indeed make an appearance in this fall’s Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Hawke, the playable character from Dragon Age II, was seen in the newest Inquisition trailer that Bioware revealed during their Gamescom 2014 press conference. The video showed the protagonist of the second title running alongside the Inquisitor and an unknown figure wearing Grey Warden armor. Laidlaw later confirmed that was, in fact, Dragon Age II’s Hawke. However, the game’s creative director shot down rumors that the other character was the hero of Ferelden from Dragon Age: Origins.
In the trailer, Hawke was depicted as female character wearing her signature mage armor. It has already been confirmed that the appearance of Hawke will change depending on their world state with the Dragon Age Keep. If fans that use the web-based app designate that the Hawke of their game world was a man instead of a woman, players will then encounter the male model within Dragon Age: Inquisition.
It is unknown how big of a role Hawke will play inside the series’ next entry. Judging from what has been shown; it seems possible that players will run into the past protagonist while inside of the Fade. Since this is a demonic realm of dreams, players might actually encounter a vision of Hawke rather than the actual physical character.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on Nov. 18 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and PC. Like all Dragon Age titles, players will take on the role of newly introduced character.