Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age 3 Plot, Multiplayer and Concept Art Revealed?
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BioWare is polling select fans about Dragon Age 3 with a survey that reveals a whole load of information on the game, say the latest reports.

As well as potential names and plot details, the survey also purports to reveal multiplayer information for the as-yet-unannounced title. 

Before you read any more it should be noted that the information below does not represent an official announcement and as such should be treated with a pinch of salt.

According to a summary of the survey, you will play as either a warrior, a mage, or a thief and engage in either direct combat on the battlefield, or political warfare via spies that you can send out to gather information.

There are also a couple of plot synopses providing overlapping details on the game’s storyline. “The great nation of Orlais, the most powerful empire in Dragon Age, tears itself apart in civil war,” says one. 

“The stout men and women of Ferelden struggle to recover and reclaim their nation from the horde of vile Darkspawn that lay waste to its lands a decade ago. The Templar order has broken away, claiming the church has become too lax in policing the dangerous powers of the mages. The Mage circleshave rebelled, believing the Templars have become too strict, too zealous in their duties, and too quick to slaughter those who step out of line.

“The world of Dragon Age is one on the brink of collapse, and when a desperate gathering in the name of peace becomes the epicentre of a magical blast that decimates the Chantry's leadership, it becomes clear that someone or something is manipulating events to drive the world into chaos.

“From the ashes of that explosion, something new rises: The Inquisition. As the Inquisitor, it falls to you to build up your power and martial your forces, uncover secrets and build connections across the world. You must explore forgotten spaces, uncover ancient mysteries and uproot those who would destroy the fabric of the world."

Meanwhile, another survery translated from German says: “A portal between the worlds unleashes hords of demons in the land, civil wars rip apart nations and the corruption is limitless. Someone is behind the shadows, drawing the threads which destroy the world. Time has come for the Inquisition.”

“Take the Inquisitor’s cloak and lead the only force able of bringing light into the darkness. Choose the direct method and gather your armies, send spies into the shadows or engage in a political war, make friends and use your connections indirectly: it is up to you how you lead the inquisition.”

“But you’ll have to take lead of it from the beginning. Make your player a rogue, warrior or mage and set up your crew from up to ten complex companions to lead them against those who attack you by systematically spying on, revealing and destroying them.”

A number of different subtitles for Dragon Age 3 were suggested in the survey too, with recipients asked to choose their favourite. Those names were The Breach, Exarch, Inquisition, Inquisitor and Apocrypha.

References to online and co-op modes were also made in the survey, alongside concept art revealing the look of several potential companions. You can find the concept art below.

[via NeoGaf and BioWare Social forums]


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Comment #1 by XxStuartxX 1990
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:20:44 AM
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The only way MP could work in this is if they have completely changed the combat, to something real time rather than that crappy MMMO style.

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Comment #2 by SweptbackFlame
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:26:55 AM
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Regardless of how this game is going to be, it's a day 1 buy for me. I don't care how bad people think Dragon Age 2 was, I thought the story was awesome. Though. I want Grey Wardens again!

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Comment #3 by ImmortalArbiter
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:29:07 AM
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Dragon Age 2 is one of the most disappointing sequels I've played...ever. Dragon Age: Origins wasn't perfect by any means, but the sequel was a major step back.

I hope they can redeem my faith, but just the mention of multiplayer makes me extremely wary.

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Comment #4 by Khaine2000
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:29:51 AM
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I hope they finish this one before they release it.

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Comment #5 by thebarkingdog
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:30:15 AM
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@2 Story was awesome, yes, but Bioware really needs to step up the DA franchise in the gameplay department. And, bring over some of the environment designers from Mass Effect 2 and 3 to make more than five locations you can visit. Regardless, I'll buy for the story.

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Comment #6 by Vindicator51
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:30:33 AM
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From reading this, i gather a clever way to shoehorn MP into the game. I'm not surprised if it does happen though, it's Bioware.

I highly doubt we'll see them pick up plot lines from the first game.

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Comment #7 by SkyJin
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:33:12 AM
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Loved both Dragon Age games!! But I'm not so happy with MP in Dragon Age. Not every game needs MP, stick to singleplayer please!

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Comment #8 by Stormy2k
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:37:41 AM
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Loved 1+2, bring on 3!

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Comment #9 by TheSolitary 133
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:41:53 AM
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Why do they always have to ruin a franchise by introducing multiplayer? Mass Effect 3 MP was a let down. Too repetitive and got dull quick. Now Dead Space 3 b/c ppl complained it was too hard and too scary? Theyre even thinking about adding MP to The Witcher 3 >.> Death to originality at its best. And idc if none of you agree with me. Leave your hate b/c i wont be back on this topic.

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Comment #10 by ThisBlueSquid
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 07:45:15 AM
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Only human playable characters? Regardless of what you think of Dragon Age II, I'm pretty sure everyone can agree this is a giant step backwards.

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Comment #11 by cheevo360
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 08:27:07 AM
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Dragon Age series is really good to be honest. I like them but not loved them so much like Mass Effect series, Jade Empire and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic from BioWare. :)

Of course I will preorder DA III and still support BioWare (one of best developers around modern time) :)

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Comment #12 by Big Stoz
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 08:28:53 AM
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Absolutely loved Dragon Age but 2 was such a disappointment, but in fairness it was a tough act to follow. I did like the way that Dragon Age 2 referenced the 1st one and matched the choices you had made in Dragon Age, hopefully 3 will carry this on. Dragon Age Origins is still one of the best bargains I ever bought.

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Comment #13 by DarqStalker
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 08:49:17 AM
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You lost me at multiplayer.

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Comment #14 by Dark Knight1990
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 08:49:50 AM
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I absolutely loved both of the past installations in this series, will be buying this one day one no matter what!

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Comment #15 by AMATHUS21
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 08:53:04 AM
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As long as Hawke's beard is back Im happy

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Comment #16 by BBowles
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 09:10:30 AM
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Almost a guaranteed day one buy for me. I personally found DA2 more fun to play (instead of the 'do nothing' combat approach of DA:O), but DA:O was clearly the better game. Enjoyed them both immensely though, and despite many people's hatred for MP I don't mind it. I've put countless hours into ME3's multiplayer, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with for DA3.

It always amazes me how many people start flipping out over MP when they don't have to play it >_> ME3 suffered in no way from the addition of was simply that - an addition. Same with the Assassin's Creed franchise. In fact, despite all the MP hate in the past few years, Bioshock 2 is the only one that comes to mind that actually turned out horribly.

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Comment #17 by silentdante
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 09:18:15 AM
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i think they might tie a little of the dragon age story in, frm the fact that it's more then likely the big baddie will be morrigan, and multiplayer will probly work just like ME3 but with less shooting, but where you have a couple abilities you triggerwhile running around killing enemies, or maybe even each other this time. i will most likely try to buy this game used, as a form of protest to bioware and EA wher ei still get to enjoy the game, but they don't see my dollar, which is the only thing i can speak with really. only thing is i bet if i want to try out the damn multiplayer i'll have to pay 10 bucks anyways, haha.

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Comment #18 by Blumpenstein
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 09:18:40 AM
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I found Dragon Age 2 to be realllly awesome. The story sucked me right in and the character development was top notch. The only thing that sucked was the re-used environments, but besides that...nothing really.
The DA lore is also pretty terrific.

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Comment #19 by blleiffer
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 09:21:09 AM
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Multiplayer how the fuck? It does not even make sense for this games style. Obvious Cash-In is obvious

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Comment #20 by Bachlott
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 09:26:23 AM
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As much as the multiplayer in ME3 and Assassin's Creed turned out decent. It still got old quick. And even if they say that it didn't take away from the game you have to look at it from a finance standpoint. They spend money making the MP. So they're trying to tell you that if they didn't make the MP that money wouldn't have been spent on the game at all? BS. It took resources from the game to make it. You have to realize that if you look at the financials. The servers cost money to run as well. Since EA insists on running its own servers instead of using Microsoft's servers. And just think in a few years we'll be hearing about them taking down the ME3 servers.

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Comment #21 by RDWatson16
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 10:04:41 AM
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should get ready 2 finish up the series while it remains awesome and not add any mp as that is the main reason Assassins creed is just ok and not awesome anymore because the mp is never truly right in games especially ones that started out with just sp.

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Comment #22 by RDWatson16
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 10:13:52 AM
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OT the mage character designs look amazing hope we can get those in the game

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Comment #23 by DJConnelly
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 10:40:30 AM
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Anything with the word "Inquisition" in it must be cool.

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Comment #24 by francisrossi
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:11:17 AM
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Meh, Bioware have gone down the spout under EA's rule.

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Comment #25 by TrishTheDish
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:13:15 AM
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RIP BioWare. It was a great run.

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Comment #26 by TeAmExTrEmE737
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:19:30 AM
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I don't understand while people hate when a company adds multiplayer!
For example look at Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 3! They had multiplayer and
they turned out good, even though Mass Effect 3 ending wasn't too good. It still turned out as a great game. BioWare is always good with their story, Mass Effect 3 and SWTOR have great ingame stories. People need to stop worrying about the game being bad, just because they added MULTIPLAYER!

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Comment #27 by Dragon Nexus
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:47:56 AM
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Sod off EA. Stop trying to turn once good games into money spinning franchises that boil themselves down to bland catch-all-market drivel rather than allowing the developer to flourish with their own ideas.

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Comment #28 by Bann1n
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:53:08 AM
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Need more games like this, 3 should be awesome ;-)

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Comment #29 by Spanish Assault
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 12:17:08 PM
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Why this series continues to move away from what DA:O did is beyond me. That game was so great and now all they care about is stuffing MP into a game so that they can try and sell me DLC. EA you are destroying a great game. Please stop.

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Comment #30 by STONE DEVIL
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 12:38:19 PM
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MP is deal breaker for me. Dragon Age DOES NOT NEED MP!!!!!!!!!!! Another franchise ruined.

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Comment #31 by HumanDestroyer
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 12:42:58 PM
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Sounds terrible in my opinion, and DA2 was terrible, Origins was AMAZING! Bioware are dead now, DIE BIOWARE, YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO DEVELOPMENT.

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Comment #32 by SasileUchiha92
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 12:56:54 PM
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I've actually taken this exact survey. It looks and sounds like it should be an interesting game.

Now if only I could get around to playing Dragon Age 2. I was so disappointed with DA:Origins I didn't play the sequel. Not yet anyway.

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Comment #33 by strawberry
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 01:00:36 PM
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FUCK MP! wtf?!??! DA does not need MP, they need to focus on recreating DA:Origins.... DA2 was utter trash compared to the first... ughhh -_-

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Comment #34 by Samigi
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 01:05:17 PM
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A simple co-op mode is all we need, that's what I was expecting the ME3 MP to be. Instead of that we got horde mode.

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Comment #35 by HumanDestroyer
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 01:07:23 PM
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Comment #36 by Razzazzika
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 01:38:29 PM
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Set in Orlais = Leiliana will be part of the party again. SHE BETTER BE! I hated that she only made 2 cameos in II. She was my fav character :(

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Comment #37 by ICGMU12321
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 01:58:35 PM
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Hopefully they actually connect the games this time, if one of my party members dies I don't want them showing up in 3.

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Comment #38 by Saracin
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 02:48:15 PM
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I expected the game to be set in Orlais, but didn't expect some kind of Orlais Inquisition.

And after setting up that joke I'll point out that unlike others I'm going to actually wait to see the game before I judge Bioware. I enjoy ME3's multiplayer and that was surprising to me. I feel like as long as it doesn't feel like they had to take time away from the single player to make it happen I'm happy.
Also stop blaming EA for this stuff, outside of a few details I'm sure Bioware would be trying this stuff anyway.

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Comment #39 by E10phoenix
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 03:04:30 PM
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All i want is my warden from the first game. I can't believe they made me develop such a great connection with my city elf in the main game/dlc's, only to replace him with Hawk...

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Comment #40 by DROoOPPY360
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 04:42:11 PM
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Im sorry but Dragon Age 2 was a huge let down for me. Combat felt better improved but just the game in general was just way too stale for me. Dragon Age: Origins was amazing. I made lots of characters because it was one of few games having many different intros and was just a stellar Rpg IMO. Please just take the path DA:O took and don't try to turn DA into something its not.

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Comment #41 by The Kingslayer
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 04:54:22 PM
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Urgh yet more multiplayer being shoe-horned into singleplayer games.

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Comment #42 by G3N0Unknown
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 04:59:26 PM
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I have put hundreds of hours into Dragon Age universe (a majority of that being Origins). While there was a let down with Dragon Age II (I still haven't even beatin' it, and I bought it day one) I still enjoy it, and the Dragon Age universe is something I love. I will buy this Day 1, as well as the next one, and so on and so forth.

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Comment #43 by G3N0Unknown
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 05:01:10 PM
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I agree completely with this. I would LOVE to play my Dwarf Warrior again. I spent more time on him than all my characters. I love him a lot and I want him as the main character in the next game. Hell, bring Hawke too, be my companion. That would be amazing.

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Comment #44 by H0p3sfalL
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 06:18:59 PM
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And yet another game bites the MP dust.

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Comment #45 by xSavage Henry
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 08:45:35 PM
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yippie I wonder what on disk dlc EA will charge us for this time? Multiplayer wont be free unless you buy new ofcourse. Im sure you guys knew this though.

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Comment #46 by Spartann
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 10:31:45 PM
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I fear the MP will be similar to ME3's Galaxy At War, you cant get the best ending (100%) unless you MP or use a silly phone apps :(

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Comment #47 by Vindicator51
Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 10:53:47 PM
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@46 Are you saying that there was a ''best'' ending? :P

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Comment #48 by Andreas_loel
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 12:19:34 AM
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So many morons on this site, whats wrong with mp? I prefer playing and talking instead of watching npcs autoattack for 30-40 hours. If i can have my friend as a healer then i might not die because the ai decided to go dps for 10 seconds.

And btw mp doesnt always mean pvp...

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Comment #49 by Sanchezz4387
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 05:00:21 PM
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FUCK OFF WITH MP, dragon age doesn't need MP FFs

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Comment #50 by Emcee Shadow
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 09:02:13 PM
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I cant stand it when game developers think they need to add multiplayer to a game. How do they not see that the amount of time spent on developing and testing could be spent on the actual story. Multiplayer would use up valuable space/ time on the game disc and take away from what makes Dragon Age so great! I don't see myself buying 3 if multiplayer gets added. Thats not why I play rpg games.

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Comment #51 by TheTurdinator97
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 07:53:42 PM
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Why don`t all of you that are complaining just shut up and go play something different. It is getting old and really annoying.>_<

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Comment #52 by TheTurdinator97
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 04:03:13 PM
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Also, stop talking crap about ME3. Mass Effect is the stuff.

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