Bioware released Dragon Age II earlier this year to a less than stellar response from consumers and critics. Many argued that Dragon Age: Origins is a better game. For the third installment of the franchise, Bioware is listening to the critiques very carefully while taking inspirations from existing games in the market. Especially, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
In an interview with Wired, BioWare’s CEO Dr. Ray Muzyka promised that Dragon Age III will be tailored for hardcore fans of its predecessors:
[The next Dragon Age] is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it’s also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel. We’re checking [Skyrim] out aggressively. We like it. We’re big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product. We think we can do some wonderful things.
During the interview, Dr. Muzyka also answered the question regarding rumors of multiplayer for the next Dragon Age:
Our goal is to surprise and delight our fans, I’ve seen something in the last couple of weeks that is really the future of that franchise that is so compelling, I am so looking forward to being able to announce it.
It’s nice to see that a legendary developer such Bioware is humble enough to realize its mistakes and to listen to consumers’ criticism, but also to draw inspirations from competing developers such as Bethesda. Now we can all rest assured that Dragon Age III will be the best in the series.