Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets Four-player Co-op That Won't Affect Single-player
If multiplayer could be added to the third iteration of Mass Effect, why not the third iteration of Dragon Age? Electronic Arts and BioWare have unveiled four-player co-op will be present in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and in a lot of ways, they're handling it similarly to what they did with Mass Effect 3. Instead of co-op being seamlessly integrated into the main campaign, Inquisition's multiplayer mode will feature cooperative quests that are separate from the single-player world. Three such quests will be available at launch, but randomness will ensure replayability. Each campaign randomly generates a large map that is comprised of smaller sections. Those smaller sections are chosen from ten pre-designed areas, but each have distinct variables that change things up, like different enemy encounters or breakable walls.
Unlike Mass Effect 3, BioWare states that multiplayer in Inquisition will have no impact on single-player progression or story; it's a completely standalone experience. In fact, even the characters you choose are completely separate. At launch, players can unlock up to twelve characters across the three classes: Legionnaire, Reaver, and Mage. You can checkout a screenshot of the character selection screen below. Each will play different and are leveled separately with a level cap of 20. You'll also be able to collect loot, salvage items, and craft new weapons and armor, but there will be no auction house and no trading amongst players.
Everything in multiplayer will be accessible simply by grinding, but if you want to speed things up, you can purchase Platinum, which can in turn can be used to buy some unlocks a bit quicker; but again, everything will be purchasable via in-game gold. BioWare never intends to sell items or multiplayer content. BioWare's Scylla Costa told IGN that there will be new heroes, levels, and additional content added to multiplayer over time, but that "it's all free DLC for everyone."
Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Standard Edition costs $59.99 for all platforms, while a Deluxe Edition is available for $69.99 and includes the following bonus content: Flames of the Inquisition Armor, Flames of the Inquisition Armored Mount, Skyhold Throne, Red Hart Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the digital soundtrack. Pre-ordering either version grants you some nice fiery weapons from the Flames of the Inquisition Arsenal.