Let me start by saying that I don’t want to sound like an
entitled gamer, but it’s been confirmed that Dragon Age 4 is currently in
production. That said, I want to send BioWare and EA a list of suggestions that
I think most fans of the saga would like to see. If you agree with this list,
please reblog with #Bioware, #EA, and #Dragon Age so hopefully both companies
will see this post and take my suggestions to heart. Feel free to add your own
suggestions as well. If you’re anything like me, Dragon Age is near and dear to
your heart and you really want them to blow our minds with another epic sequel!
Wardens, Champions, and Inquisitors unite!
1. Don’t rush it! I know hardcore gamers can be pretty
intimidating, to the point that they nag and threaten and force you to release
a game early– but don’t give in! Just know that they don’t represent the
majority of us. Most of us would rather wait and for a glitch-less,
well-rounded game, than a half-assed, heavily bugged disaster that’s barely
tolerable to play. If it’s obvious that a lot of heart and soul went into the
final product, we’ll stand by you and denounce the haters every step of the
2. Beta testing. Remember that consoles and PCs work
differently. Please ensure that the game runs smoothly on all systems, not just
one. I realise that PC gamers generate almost 50% of all sales, and that that
number is only growing, but that doesn’t mean console gamers should be
forgotten. We’re still diehard fans who simply can’t afford a $2000 PC.
3. More kick-ass companions with one personal quest (or
more) for each one. If there’s one thing we love about BioWare, it’s their
colourful characters and awesome companion interactions. Please give these
characters as much thought as possible. Each one should be someone’s pet
project, because each one should have a unique personality. You nailed it in
DAI and we hope to see that kind of dedication and creativity again!
4. Romance options. I understand that it’s hard to please
everyone, but there should be several options for every orientation. Don’t
forget your target audience. I hate to say it but video games are mostly
dominated by straight men, and in DAI straight men only had two choices–
Cassandra, who’s a bit too brutish for most, and Josephine, who isn’t even a
main companion. In contrast, gay men only had two choices as well– Dorian and
Iron Bull. Straight women had more options than most, but one of their choices
was a liar (Blackwall) and the other was a heartbreaker (Solas). And lesbian
women got the shortest stick with Sera as their only option for romance.
What I’m saying is, we need more variety. It might be a difficult feat, but
we’ll definitely appreciate it.
5. Story. Most gamers don’t even care about graphics or
setting, so long as the story’s good. Please do your best to come up
with a gripping narrative that we’ll love to follow. We also want to see a
great conclusion to the cliff hanger DAI left us with. I think many of us are
expecting Solas to be the main antagonist of Dragon Age 4, and it would be incredible
to see how that plays out.
6. Story import. Please don’t tell us we played through
three games only for our choices to be stricken from the experience now. Please
allow us to import our world state from DAI. You’ve done a fabulous job
connecting the stories so far, and we’re dying to continue it.
7. Don’t break our hearts. A little pain is fine. A little
sorrow it fine. Audiences love being moved, but no one wants to finish a game
and walk away feeling emotionally butchered. You can tug at our heartstrings,
but please don’t shred it into a million pieces.
8. Speaking of broken hearts … please tell us that Hawke
is still alive if we chose to leave him/her in the Fade.
9. Throwbacks to the original games. You’ve done a great job
with this so far, so all we ask is that you keep at it! It makes us feel all
warm and fuzzy inside when we see characters from the old days, or find a fun
little Easter egg. It’s very nostalgic and we need that. Enchantment!
10. Make our choices matter. Please. We want to see the
impact of our choices and how they affect everyone and everything around us. We
want to think before we act, not act with the knowledge that it won’t matter.
11. Allow us to save and import/export our character
profiles. In DAI, it was rough having to recreate the same face if we
lost/restarted a game.
12. Keep the same combat system! It literally kicks
ass! The only thing I can recommended is more specials. Remember, there’s no
point in fixing something that isn’t broken.
13. Continue to let us build and colour our armour/outfits.
That was an awesome bonus that was a lot of fun for DAI players. It was a great
way to let us express our individuality as players, and I for one spent hours
finding the perfect armour for my character and companions.
14. Don’t experiment. Please. You nailed the graphics in DAI, and that’s all we could ever ask for.
15. Jumping! Jumping is important, and we’re so happy you
included it in DAI! Please keep the jump feature!
16. Multiple voices for the main character. I understand
that hiring voice actors is expensive, but if you’re able, I highly suggest you
follow this pattern for Dragon Age 4. Having so many choices really made DAI go
the extra mile for so many people.
17. Can we have a mabari, please? :)
18. The amount of side quests and locations to explore in
DAI was absolutely stunning. There’s a reason DAI was awarded Game of the Year
and considered a fan favourite, and this was one of them. I think most of us
would be overjoyed to see the same variety of maps and quests available in
Dragon Age 4.
19. Don’t kill Varric. You can trick us into thinking he’s
dead for a while. Hell, you can even injure him, if you want. But don’t kill
him. That would be … such a dick move.
20. Good character presets. Please give us decent templates.
Something that we can mould into a character we can all be proud of. Please
don’t limit our options.
Again, these aren’t demands, just suggestions. I personally
won’t send out death threats or burn down buildings if these suggestions aren’t
But as a long-time fan of Dragon Age … I will be very hurt
if BioWare doesn’t listen to their fans on this. A lot of people are
looking forward to Dragon Age 4, and we’re ready to help you make it something
that will be remembered for generations of games to come!