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Several ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ combat questions answered

Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition
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With the return of the tactical camera and introducing a new set of class specializations, plenty of Dragon Age: Inquisition combat questions remained unanswered. Luckily for fans, Bioware revealed on Aug. 21 that they answered a number of combat related questions on the game's official website. Several fan-submitted combat questions were answered which detailed a wide variety of different topics regarding the improved combat system of Inquisition.

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

Tactics, focus, and even a specific new ability are mentioned in the post. Tactics, which are featured in both previous Dragon Age installments, are back in Inquisition. Players will be able to essentially program their followers’ actions. Players can set up companions to use potions when his or her health reaches a certain percentage, for example.

Focus, a new mechanic to the series, is basically a party-built resource that can be used by an individual member to unleash a powerful ability. The party earns focus by battling enemies and each member’s damage adds focus to all party members’ focus meter. When a party member decides to use a focus ability, only that party member’s focus is depleted.

Finally, Bioware enticed players with a new ability for Varric or the Inquisitor if the player character chooses the corresponding class. This ability is called “Fallback Plan” and it lets the character set up a gadget on the ground. The team can then return to the gadget to get out of trouble. The ability can be upgraded with the ability to restore the party’s health to the point in time when the gadget was placed, or it can be upgraded to take a foe with the player to the gadget’s location.

Additionally, gear doesn’t degrade, cooldowns vary based on an ability’s power, and there are no sync kills like those found in Mass Effect 3. For a full read of all the questions and Bioware’s answers, be sure to check out the official post.

Dragon Age: Inquisition releases on Nov. 18. Players can pick up the RPG on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.