May 20, 2011
We all knew it was coming, but thanks to a tweet from senior director of creative development Alistair McNally, we can officially celebrate. His tweet said that he was “looking for exceptional environment artists to join me at #BioWare Edmonton, Canada to work on DragonAge3.”
Mass Effect 3 gameplay designer Christina Noman even retweeted the tweet.
First of all, can I just take a moment and “SQUEEEE” over the fact that the dude’s name was Alistair?
Now, I haven’t finished Dragon Age II yet, so I’ve been avoiding any and all related discussions about Dragon Age 3. Consequently I don’t have much to add here, but still, it’s a welcomed piece of news.
February 15, 2011
By now it should be embedded into your soul that I am possibly one of the biggest fans of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Origins. If there is an object with “Dragon Age” slapped on it, chances are I own it. I’m not kidding….I own a Dragon Age letter opener. Anyway, this morning some very interesting news hit the interwebs; Felicia Day (do I really need to tell you who she is?) is writing AND starring in a new web series titled Dragon Age: Redemption.
Details are barely trickling through, but this is what we know so far: Day plays as an elven assassin by the name of Tallis. “Tallis is headstrong, she fights dirty, and she has a really sarcastic sense of humor,” Day told USA Today. “I wanted to bring a modern sensibility to a fantasy character in a fantasy world.”. Dragon Age: Redemption follows Tallis as she searches the land of Ferelden (the setting for Dragon Age: Origins as well as Dragon age II) for a “renegade magician” (or, in Dragon Age terms, a maleficar).
“I am an organic gamer and I love games, and I particularly love this franchise,” says Day. “I put every single effort into making this something that gamers will be proud of. Even though we were constrained a lot as a Web series, none of the people who were involved took that as a constraint. They took that as a challenge.”
The six-episode run will hit the web this year.
You get all that?!
I think Felicia can pull this off (and pull it off well) for numerous reasons: For starters, Felicia knows how to work this sort of medium. To say The Guild is a success would be a understatement. Felicia has also stated several times she is a hardcore Dragon Age fan (but not as hardcore as me…amirite?). BioWare has also expressed their confidence in her, and since I worship BioWare, that’s good enough for me.
I’m also looking at it from this angle—it sounds like the characters we will be introduced to in DA: Redemption are brand-spankin-new. I think a lot of the disappointment we usually feel from game-to-film adaptations stems from the poor translations of our favorite characters to the big screen. With brand new characters, we’re more likely to accept a character instead of constantly critiquing. Also, Ferelden is such a vast place, the story we followed in Dragon Age: Origins was only one of many. If Day is as big of a Dragon Age: Origins fan as she claims to be, I have confidence she will create a realistic “side-story”.
November 3, 2010
A handful of people in my family play Facebook games such as Farmville, Farmtown, Farmcity, Farmuniverse, Farmorgy, whatever, point being is that THEY play them and I do not. Even my dear grandmother, the biggest console gamer I know, has been taken a hold of in Facebook’s tight and unrelenting grasp.
However, come next year, I shall drop to my knees and offer my wrists on my own free will and succumb to the way of the Facebook gaming lifestyle.
Dragon Age: Legends should hit Facebook around February of next year, giving you just enough to wet your palate until Dragon Age II hits shelves in March.
In Dragon Age: Legends, you can play cooperatively with your Facebook pals as you explore the Free Marches and unlock goodies for Dragon Age II.
Click here for more information, and to learn how to sign up for the beta that begins in January.
::bashfully kicks around dirt:: So…will you guys play with me when it releases? I know some of you are my friends on Facebook…
October 28, 2010
God, I really am behind the times today, aren’t I?
I just saw this tweet from Alistair’s voice actor, Steve Valentine. And it made my day.
Now, I PROMISE* there will be no more Dragon Age/Alistair posts this week.
*I can’t promise this.
October 6, 2010
Ladies and gentleman, I am one happy camper.
The 117 dollars I unnecessarily spent on my car yesterday? I’m over it.
The guy that almost T-Boned me into oblivion AFTER I unnecessarily spent 117 dollar on my car? I forgive him.
For I have ordered something spectacular.
I ALMOST forgot that these beauts from one of my all time favey-fave games, Dragon Age: Origins, went on sale today <3
Set 1 of 4 includes Loghain, Duncan, a Genlock and Morrigan.
They’re selling out pretty darn fast—so make sure you get ‘em while they’re still, uh, hot. I ordered mine from ToyWiz.com.
August 25, 2010
Because my love and passion lies with Alistair Dragon Age: Origins, I felt a tinge of sadness upon discovering that the final DLC, The Witch Hunt, will be available September 7th.
I realize some of you poor, unfortunate souls have yet to visit the continent of Thedas, and due to spoilers, the content of this DLC will be hidden below. Highlight the text….if you dare.
Spoilers: Ooh spooky! Anywho, The Witch Hunt takes place a year after the defeat of the Archdemon. As the title entails, your imported character (or a brand spankin’ new one, your choice) will find and confront Morrigan in hopes of receiving answers as to what the hell she’s been up to. Let’s just hope she doesn’t take after her mama. Bioware has also said that they intend to explore Morrigan’s story in DA: 2, so this may not be the last we hear of her.
Dragon Age 2 hits shelves next March (EEEE!), so it only makes sense that Origins is wrapped up, no matter how much it pains me.
July 8, 2010
Yesterday I said a cute webcomic made my day. However, Bioware’s official reveal of Dragon Age 2 this morning has made my life.
I was a tad late to the Dragon Age: Origins party last November, but once I got started on that bad boy, there was no stopping. I quickly became addicted and obsessed with the world of Ferelden, so much so that I own three copies of the game, three different guide books, the novels (still need to pick up the comics), a huge poster and a tabletop RPG I’ll never probably play. If it has Dragon Age plastered on it, I must own it.
Before diving into Dragon Age, it had been ions since a title had turned me into the obsessed freak that I became (last to do so was Final Fantasy IX), but after breaking it down, it makes sense. Dragon Age includes all of the elements I want in an RPG: A medieval setting, romance (go ahead, call me a girl), humor, likeable characters with distinct, lively personalities, an ever-changing story, and of course a dorky redhead named Alistair.
I kid. Dorky redheads are neither a requirement nor a part of my approval rating.
Yep, so that is why my life was made this morning. Granted, we knew a sequel was in works already, but when the juicy details for any anticipated game begin trickling in, it’s squeal-worthy.
Check it (taken from the official site):
Experience the epic sequel to the 2009 Game of the Year from the critically acclaimed makers of Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. You are one of the few who escaped the destruction of your home. Now, forced to fight for survival in an ever-changing world, you must gather the deadliest of allies, amass fame and fortune, and seal your place in history. This is the story of how the world changed forever. The legend of your Rise to Power begins now.
- Embark upon an all-new adventure that takes place across an entire decade and shapes itself around every decision you make.
- Determine your rise to power from a destitute refugee to the revered champion of the land.
- Think like a general and fight like a Spartan with dynamic new combat mechanics that put you right in the heart of battle whether you are a mage, rogue, or warrior.
- Go deeper into the world of Dragon Age with an entirely new cinematic experience that grabs hold of you from the beginning and never lets go.
- Discover a whole realm rendered in stunning detail with updated graphics and a new visual style.
I was sorta kinda hoping Bioware would do what they did with Mass Effect and integrate old saves, but it sounds like a brand spankin-new story and characters are in place.
Nevertheless, it is still too early to tell and I am beyond thrilled, excited and giddy over this. As soon as the new issue of Game Informer hits my mailbox (did I mention there will be a 10 page reveal on Dragon Age 2?) I will shut myself off from society and read it like…3,659 times.