Some loved the direction BioWare took with Dragon Age 2. Others, not so much. That’s why for the inevitable third game in the franchise, BioWare is taking the best of what both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 offered and mixing them together to into one delicious gumbo. Or so we hope.
While speaking with PC Gamer, BioWare CEO Dr. Ray Muzyka talked a bit about how Dragon Age 2 was initially received and how many thoughtthe game would basically be the first game again with a new lead character. But as anyone who followed the development of Dragon Age 2 knows, BioWare was always incredibly open about how they were streamlining the experience and taking a few risks with the game’s development. In a nutshell, BioWare didn’t want to push out the same exact experience as Origins with Dragon Age 2. And as we saw when the game released, they didn’t.
“It’s interesting because the first reviews – the number of the reviews was also very polarized, awesomely so,” said Muzyka. “Lots of 90+ reviews, we also got fans that I think in some cases who were expecting more Dragon Age: Origins, and there was a misalignment of expectation there."
“What we need to do as developers is take that feedback from both sets of fans to heart and see about marrying that in future games in the Dragon Age franchise. I think that the team has actually got a great plan,” teased Muzyka. “I think the team is going to have some things that are going to surprise both sets of fans, both core fans and new fans with a marriage of these…the best from both games, Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2. And we look forward more to talking about that in the future.”
BioWare is intent on delivering the best of both worlds with Dragon Age 3 (or whatever it gets called). We like the sound of that. The original Dragon Age: Origins is a favorite around these parts, but Dragon Age 2 left a bit to be desired. The intentions were sound, but the delivery didn’t quite meet expectations. With Dragon Age being one of BioWare’s premier franchises, let’s hope the company can bounce back with the third entry and make everyone happy.