Joining Alistair and Leliana, Cullen is one of the few characters that appeared in the first to Dragon Age titles that will also be returning once more to this fall’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. Cullen will join the player’s struggle to save Thedas but, like Lelian, he won’t do so by actually being a full companion character that will actively fight alongside the protagonist. Instead, Cullen will be one of the three Inquisition commanders that will help fans run the new faction in the series’ upcoming third installment as Bioware announced on July 4.
Cullen was first introduced as a young templar who oversaw Ferelden’s Circle of Mages in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Returning to the franchise, Cullen also made an appearance in Dragon Age II as one of the key figures in the growing conflict between mages and templars. After the events of the second game, it was Cullen’s actions that caught the attention of the Seekers. This is what lead Cassandra, who fans might also recognize from Dragon Age II to lead Cullen on the path that eventually caused him to help create the Inquisition.
Cassandra’s role in the Inquisition didn’t stop there either. She, along with the dwarf storyteller Varric, will also both appear as full companion party members in Dragon Age: Inquisition. However, Varric hasn’t quite forgotten Cassandra’s interrogation methods and the two don’t exactly see eye to eye.
Rather than fully joining the Inquisitor’s adventuring party as a full companion character, Cullen will help players lead the Inquisition army. Bioware's Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature three such commanders, including Cullen and Leliana, which will offer assistance in guiding the actions of their own player faction. While these commanders won’t fight in the Inquisitor’s party, they will still each have their own skill tree that will affect the Inquisition as a whole.