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New ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ details tackle romances, companion armor, more

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

With less than three months remaining until the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, fans were treated to several new details about the fantasy series’ third entry thanks to a developer-driven Q&A session. Bioware answered several fan questions in a recent community event that was hosted by Raptr on July 8. Without revealing spoilers to the upcoming title’s story, the developer unleashed many new bits of information about this fall’s new Dragon Age release.

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

During the Q&A, it was confirmed that Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature a total of eight different romance options. The character that will be at the center of these romances will come from an equal assortment of sexual persuasions giving fans a well-rounded choice in partners. While each character has their own preferences for lovers, options will exist to support straight, same-sex, and bisexual relationships.

Additionally, some of the romances within Dragon Age: Inquisition will be exclusively available to members of a specific race due to story elements. A majority of the game’s romance options will be plucked from either player’s companions or Inquisition advisors. However, Bioware did confirm that at least one of the eight potential partners will be someone not tied to the protagonist’s central core of allies. Of course, the choice to romance anyone is completely optional for those who would rather focus on battle.

It was also revealed that companion armors will automatically change color when equipped in an attempt to make each character’s outfit match. The developer previously confirmed that, unlike Dragon Age II, clothing will physically display on companion characters when equipped. Bioware hinted that they are investigating the possibility of adding armor dyes to allow for the further customization of companions’ armor.

Another interesting detail to come out of the Q&A is the fact that players will also be addressed in-game by their character’s surname in addition to simply being called “the Inquisitor.” Different combinations of race and class will be assigned pre-existing surnames to accomplish this.

Additionally, due to the fact that Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature a larger game map than past installments, Bioware is adding several new features to help players navigate the world. This includes a redesigned minimap as well as the ability to set custom waypoints and select which quest to actively track.

Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on Oct. 7 for the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Currently being developed on the Frostbite 3 engine, the upcoming title will be the first Bioware game to release on the new generation of platforms.