Next Dragon Age Game May Take Cues from Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim launched just last month and has already garnered some critical acclaim as the best RPG of the year. Another RPG, Dragon Age II, launched in the early part of this year, but it has not been so fortunate with awards. With The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda let you be whoever you want and do whatever you want in the virtual world of the Nords, and it was up to you to follow the main story or get distracted by climbing mountains, harvesting flowers, and making armor. BioWare's Dragon Age II, on the other hand, had you follow a fairly linear path with a character who would always be human and stayed basically in one city. You were pretty much limited to just the main story, since doing anything else did not help you advance very far in the game. Both games are RPGs, but both portrayed the role-playing experience in very different manners.
BioWare knows Dragon Age II was not as popular as other RPGs released this year, and for my money, was not even as good as the first game, Dragon Age: Origins. When the next Dragon Age game launches, BioWare may add some elements from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to it. Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare, said the next Dragon Age game will have elements from the first two, but also some from other games "that are doing really well with more of an open world feel." Muzyka said the team at BioWare has been checking out Skyrim "aggressively," and are big fans of Bethesda's work in general. Whether this means Dragon Age III (or whatever it will be called) will really be more like Skyrim or some kind of a cross between DAO and Skyrim remains to be seen.