Like the two earlier entries in the role-playing franchise before it, Dragon Age: Inquisition will let players control a squad of NPC companions. However, the third installment of the Bioware series will go one step further by giving players hundreds of inquisitor agents to issue commands to. According to a report by Official Playstation Magazine on Jan 3, a recent demo of the game illustrated exactly how fans will be able to command their in-game army to fit their own needs.
The demo showed off the aftermath that resulted after capturing an enemy keep. By defeating the faction who previously held the encampment, the inquisitor was able to take control of the keep for themselves. This is where the game’s army management system came into play. As head of an army, the player-controlled inquisitor could then decide how many NPC agents to garrison in the keep. Depending on how many troops are ordered to maintain a keep, different options appear for how to make use of the soldiers. For example, 10 agents are required to build a mine that will generate revenue to fund the campaign. Those looking to strengthen their foothold over an area can choose to command 50 agents to build a colossus that will boost morale and make a player’s army fight harder in that area.
Dragon Age: Inquisition uses the spectacular Frostbite™ 3 engine to bring to life a vast and varied open world including ice-capped mountains, twisted marshes, and scorching deserts.
Choose and lead a group of characters into challenging, visually spectacular battles against a variety of enemies – from earth-shattering High Dragons to demonic forces from the otherworld of the Fade. Go toe-to-toe in visceral, heroic combat as your followers fight by your side, or switch to tactical view to coordinate devastating offensives using the combined might of your party.
See the tangible, visible results of your journey through a living world – raise structures, customize outposts, and change the landscape itself as environments are re-shaped in the wake of your Inquisition.
Lead a party chosen from nine unique, fully-realized characters – each of whom react to your actions and choices differently, forming complex relationships both with you and with each other.
Create your own character from multiple races, customize their appearance, and select their powers and abilities as the game progresses. Extensive customization options allow you to choose everything from the color of your follower’s boots to the features of your Inquisition stronghold.
Become an agent of change in a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Shape the course of empires, bring war or peace to factions in conflict, and drive the ultimate fate of the Inquisition. Will you stop the cataclysmic anarchy gripping the Dragon Age?
Dragon Age: Inquisition - A World Unveiled
The team at BioWare discusses the creative vision for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the first of the next generation of BioWare RPGs, and talk about player freedom as a guiding principle of the design.