Dragon Age: Inquisition AI is “Pretty Intelligent,” Claims BioWare

Regardless of new consoles and technology, it seems AI (Artificial Intelligence) in video games has always been a sore spot due to their — for lack of a better term — stupidity.

That might not be the case with Dragon Age: Inquisition — at least according to BioWare Producer Cameron Lee. In an interview with PlayStation LifeStyle, we mentioned to Lee that that in Dragon Age: Origins and in Dragon Age 2, the AI for your team was at times, a bit stupid and would get themselves killed. So, will this be different in Inquisition? And will the AI be able to make better choices or does the player need to micro-manage every party member?

I don’t know that you have to micro-manage people in Inquisition, you can if you want to, but the AI is pretty intelligent. So, they will do things like, for example, if you have Cassandra in your party – she’s a warrior, and if you’ve built her to be kind of like a tank warrior, an offensive warrior, she’s going to try and draw aggro across everyone, all the enemies around her. In particular try and draw the agrro from enemies you’ve got targeted as well. So, they’ll be quite intelligent in how they react. And of course from there you can customize how those companions behave and what sort of abilities they use more often than others and how they use their own resources in terms of health, and stamina, and mana, and stuff like that as well.

Stay tuned for the full interview where we talk about Inquisition’s combat mechanics, using the tactical view and more next week.

Based on what we’ve seen so far from Dragon Age; Inquisition, do you think the AI will really be “pretty intelligent” as Cameron Lee says?