Bioware Brings Coop Multiplayer To Dragon Age Inquisition
Dragon Age Inquisition is essentially Bioware’s return to the style of RPG goodness that they originally wanted themselves for the Dragon Age series. Personally, the execution of Dragon Age 2 was abysmal as the story got lost in an infuriating haze of repetitious tilesets and class restrictive loot. This go around, Inquisition looks to return to the strategic gameplay and RPG loot analysis that highlighted the joy found in Dragon Age Origins.
Now that the Mass Effect series is done, the achievements of ME3’s multiplayer mode seemingly have bled upon the future of Dragon Age as well. During the development cycle, Bioware heads noticed the excitement around the loot system and strategy of the combat and made a judgement call. Multiplayer Coop shall debut in Dragon Age Inquisition!
“For Dragon Age: Inquisition, a special team of veteran developers from the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises created fun, fast-paced multiplayer gameplay that requires strategic teamwork on top of Inquisition’s party-based combat and extensive loot and crafting system,” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager, BioWare. “It was early in the game’s development that we realized how much fun fans of our series were having, with so many players teaming up in Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode. We can’t wait to give Dragon Age fans an even bigger and deeper experience.”
Apparently the teamwork required in Mass Effect 3 will be the focus as different classes (a total of 12 at launch once unlocked) can be used in to explore, upgrade, gather loot, and defeat the dungeons of baddies they will encounter.
Still, unlike its ME3 counterpart, the experience will be totally separate from the single player story (which is a good idea). ME3’s multiplayer mode had a storyline where the multiplayer games could affect the success of the galaxy’s resistance against the Reapers. As an N7 operative, you would unlock different classes varied by different races that would each have unique special attacks. Each had a distinct playstyle and thanks to the respectable difficulty of the mode, highlighted the need for teamwork using a mix of classes and abilities.
If this turns out as well as the Mass Effect mode was, this edition of Dragon Age may be one of the best RPGs that Bioware has delivered (fingers crossed). I’m definitely excited to see how this plays out in full next and current-gen glory!
Bioware’s Dragon Age Inquisition will be available November 18th for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and PC.