Dragon Age to Fly Again; Third Entry Confirmed

May 20, 2011Written by Tyler Minarik

BioWare has become pretty popular for developing great RPG games such as Mass Effect and Dragon Age, so it comes as little surprise that they’ve just confirmed Dragon Age III is in production.

The Dragon Age series has done a good job of creating a fresh action RPG experience by giving players plenty of customizable options, interesting characters to get to know, and easy to learn gameplay that gets deeper when the difficulty is cranked up. Dragon Age Origins earned a 9/10 score here at PSLS, followed up by an 8/10 for Dragon Age II, and so it only seems natural to continue the saga by improving upon the solid formula BioWare has already established. The announcement of Dragon Age III comes through twitter as an informal job posting requesting “exceptional environmental artists” to work on the game. BioWare’s senior director of creative development Alistair McNally posted the following on twitter:

I’m looking for exceptional environment artists to join me at BioWare Edmonton, Canada to work on Dragon Age 3.

This is great news for fans of Dragon Age, not just because there will be another epic RPG coming our way, but also since the hunt for environmental artists is a good indicator of acknowledgement regarding one of Dragon Age II‘s biggest faults. While there was plenty of content with regards to story line, quests, items, and characters to acquire, Dragon Age II suffered heavily from large amounts of environmental recycling. The scenery, which was interesting in the beginning of the game, becomes repetitive by the end of the first act. When the second and third act take place in the exact same areas, any excitement from exploration is quickly replaced by disappointment and boredom from seeing the same dungeons and caverns over and over again. Of course, this isn’t reason enough to pass up Dragon Age II, but it would be nice to see more variety this time around.

Details beyond that are non-existent at this point, but we can guess that it’ll probably be a multiplatform game like its predecessors, and considering Dragon Age II just released earlier this year, the third entry will probably arrive some time in 2012 or later. Of course, if we hear word of any other tidbits we’ll be sure to get your attention and post it right here, at PlayStation LifeStyle.