Bioware is facing its toughest challenge yet; convincing fans that Dragon Age 2 was just a bump in the road towards further RPG glory. Long considered one of the finest proponents of the Western role-playing model, their acquisition by EA prompted many fears the quality of their output would decline, and Dragon Age 2's mixed reception did nothing to quell such concerns. In a chat with OXM today, Bioware explained their vision for Dragon Age 3, and how they'd like to strike a "nice balance" between Origins and its much-maligned sequel.
"We think we can do that. We can actually take the best of breed features from the original game in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II and put them together," reveals Bioware chief and co-founder Ray Muzyka told OXM. "Some of the changes we made in Dragon Age II, we were proud of the team. We think they were the right changes. We wanted the team to push in that direction, but we also want to integrate feedback from our core fans because they're really important to us. So I think there's a nice balance that can be struck to achieve that."
That said, Bioware has yet to announce Dragon Age 3 officially. But when you consider Bioware's recent murmurings, and EA's sequel-obsession, it's not hard to believe it'll happen. Muzyka hinted at "future projects" in the Dragon Age franchise, as well as teasing DLC plans that "address some of the feedback from some of our core fans". "We haven't announced Dragon Age III formally at all, but we can say we're definitely thinking about future products. There's some cool stuff in the works there." [OXM]