Dragon Age II Gets Side Tracked

March 3, 2011Written by Josh Fernandes

Dragon Age: Origins was a traditional Bioware RPG that received a lot of praise from critics and fans – here at PlayStation LifeStyle we gave it a 9/10. The game had a main story length around 15-20 hours, but because of all the side quests available, many gamers put in over 40 to 50 hours into the game. Mike Laidlaw, executive produced for Dragon Age II, revealed some details about the length of the upcoming title during a roundtable discussion at GDC.

Dragon Age II will still be packed with side quests and hidden dungeons, but the main story has been trimmed. Mike Laidlaw had this to say about the game:

Take a look at how you play games. I’d say it’s a bit longer than Mass Effect but shorter than Origins. The game will take longer with side quests. At the same time, you can get through the story quite a bit faster because so much content is off to the side. Mileage will always very, just take your habits and extrapolate.

Laidlaw says the purpose of moving more content to side quests is to make the game more accessible to newcomers; however, the game’s story will still retain the same level of depth and complexity. The developers also want to avoid making the game too overwhelming for players. As Laidlaw said, “You won’t have to spend a year in character creation.”

Dragon Age II comes out in just a few short days on March 8th – will you be picking it up?