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Dragon Age II is the sequel to the popular Dragon Age: Origins and was released on March 8, 2011 in North America and March 11, 2011[1] in Europe. Unlike Dragon Age: Origins, the main character's race cannot be changed; however, the gender and class can be modified. Hawke, the main character, is a fully voiced Lothering refugee who rises to power. Dragon Age II is set in the same world as Dragon Age: Origins.[1]

Plot

Dragon Age II centers around the main character named Hawke,[1] known to be a survivor from the Blight and the Champion of Kirkwall, who rises to power throughout the story. The story spans over a decade throughout the game and the player writes the history that will change the world forever.[1]

Characters

Some characters that can be found in Dragon Age II are:[3]

  1. Hawke: The main protagonist who rises to power to become an important character throughout the story.
  2. Bethany: Hawke's sister and a mage.
  3. Carver: Hawke's brother and a warrior.
  4. Cassandra: A Chantry Seeker who is interested in Hawke.
  5. Varric: A dwarf who acts as a narrator.
  6. Flemeth: The notorious Witch of the Wilds that can be found in Dragon Age: Origins. She is the mother of Morrigan, who is a mage and party member to the Grey Warden protagonist in Dragon Age: Origins.
  7. Wesley: An injured Templar that Hawke encounters while fleeing Lothering.
  8. Aveline: Wesley's wife.

Creatures

Striders[4]
Giant creatures that stand on four massive legs also capable of poisoning other organisms. They are ancient guardians also known as "Strider" created by Elven gods to protect their people and sacred properties of Elves though they cannot be seen in Dragon Age: Origins and its expansion pack. They do however appear in the Witch Hunt DLC for Dragon Age: Origins, in the last location before the player encounters with Morrigan.

Features

  1. The protagonist is a human character named Hawke.[1]
  2. Class and gender can be changed.[1]
  3. New cinematic experience.[2]
  4. Based on updated engine.[1]
  5. Romance is possible with party members or with non-player characters throughout the game.[1]
  6. New combat experiences and spells.[1]
  7. Set in a new area known as Free Marches.[1]
  8. Fully voiced main character.[1]
  9. A new city called Kirkwall.[1]
  10. A new dialogue wheel based on the dialogue system from the Mass Effect series.[5]
  11. Races such as the elves, dwarves and qunari are being redesigned.[2]
  12. The game takes place across a decade.[2]
  13. Saved information can be imported from Dragon Age: Origins as well as Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening. These data will affect the story of Dragon Age II.[2]
  14. Non-linear framed narrative story, mainly based on main character's decisions.[2]

Development

Dragon Age II was announced in July 2010[6] and BioWare's Greg Zeschuk stated when interviewed by Joystiq that "I think one of the key things we're working on in Dragon Age II is the technology. I can confirm that we're doing a lot of work on the Dragon Age engine, and doing a lot of stuff to pump it -- to make it visually super hot."

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A trailer for Dragon Age II was released on August 17, 2010,[1] showing some of the new characters and places that Dragon Age II will be based on.

Dragon Age II will be using an enhanced graphic engine and the controls are more responsive. The combat system will be same as the previous game for the PC version but different in console versions, tailored to the strengths of the control pad.[5]

A special feature of Dragon Age II is that whereas the story from Dragon Age: Origins ran its course over a period of two years, here the story will span a decade and as the main character moves on year by year, the choices that the player made in past will affect the present and the future.[7]

The previous dialogue system will be replaced by the "wheel" system seen in the Mass Effect series. Unlike its original version, however, the "wheel" will now clearly indicate what tone the main character's response will have(such as anger and flirting).[5]

BioWare released Dragon Age II on March 8, 2011 in North America and March 11 in Europe.

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Dragon Age 2, Game Info, Questions. BioWare. EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd. Retrieved on August 19, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 IGN. IGN. IGN. Retrieved on September 5, 2010.
  3. dragon_age_2. Gamestar. gamestar. Retrieved on August 28, 2010.
  4. creatures. Bioware. EA Games. Retrieved on September 5, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 dragon-age-2-following-in-mass-effects-footsteps. Kotaku. Kotaku. Retrieved on August 30, 2010.
  6. Peek behind the scenes of Dragon Age II’s development with a keen developer diary. BioWare. EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd. Retrieved on August 28, 2010.
  7. hands-on-with-dragon-age-2. G4tv. g4tv. Retrieved on August 30, 2010.

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