is introducing a new concept to The Dragon Age
universe in its latest installment of the game Dragon Age: Inquisition
. Meet Dragon Age Keep.
From Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Dragon Age
In Dragon Age, choices matter. It has always been important for us that our fans have complete control and freedom in shaping their Dragon Age world. The decisions you make, the foes you vanquish, the relationships you forge. It’s all important and needs to be honored. Many of you have been wondering how your choices from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II will be supported in Dragon Age Inquisition. Today, I’m here to give you information on exactly that.
I’m excited to announce the Dragon Age Keep. Within the Keep, you’ll be able to customize a Dragon Age historical world state to your exact specifications. How did you modify your Warden and Hawke? Who were your companions? Who did you choose to romance? Who rose to power, and who fell in defeat? What legacy did you leave?
Within the Keep, you’ll be able to customize as much or as little about the world of Thedas as you wish. Then you’ll be able to import your saved world state into DAI at the start of a new game. Have you lost or corrupted your save files? No problem — remake your world state on the Keep, and preserve it for the future. For those folks new to the Dragon Age franchise, the Keep will serve as a great way to understand the people, places, and events that shaped the world leading up to DAI.
In order to be able to accomplish this across new platforms, Bioware has found a cloud-based solution. By using the power of the cloud, you can view "what if" scenarios you may have missed in previous games and choose the path to follow those by replaying. But what if you don't want to take the time to do that? You're hungry to jump straight into Inquisition
. The cloud lets you re-write your history any way you wish. You can import saves (though this hasn't been completely thrashed out between the different consoles) and keep everything as you've done, or you can change your choices. I wish they'd had this feature for ME3, for example, so I could have Wrex back from my lost save file.
Choices in our games are immense, and on occasion subtly perceived. In some cases, the consequences of decisions you’ve made in a past game won’t reveal themselves until some future story. Handling all these permutations is complex. Really complex. Tracking all possible prerequisites and potential knock-ons, even just to create the simple acknowledgement of a choice is very detailed — and prone to error.
As an example, an import from DAO to DA2 brought across something in the order of 600 different data points, most requiring complex logic solving to answer correctly the question of “how did the player settle this choice at the end of the game.” As a result, some current save imports are buggy, which is our fault, and something we’re committed to fixing. Permanently. The Keep allows us to do just that. Users of the Keep won’t have to suffer with these types of logic inconsistencies any longer.
Even better, starting today, fans can register for the beta of Dragon Age Keep here
, which will open early 2014 in order to give people plenty of time to have their Dragon Age
worlds exactly as they want them before Inquisition
launches later in the year for the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.