Today, a Q&A session was held with Mark Darrah (executive producer), Mike Laidlaw (lead designer), and Cameron Lee (producer) about Dragon Age: Inquisition where so many questions were answered that my brain hurts.
But hey, there were PLENTY of new details and confirmations that came out of it. Check ’em out! Each piece of information is organized according to different categories so that hopefully, when you’re done reading, your brain doesn’t hurt as badly as mine does.
First up, much was shared regarding character customization:
Armors will change color as players equip new gear. Dyes, however, are still “being looked at.”
The pitch of the Inquisitor’s voice, at present, cannot be adjusted from the four base voice choices.
Qunari do not wear helmets. They have a different head slot.
Qunari horns will be customizeable in terms of shape and size.
Fans of character customization will enjoy many different options for lips.
More hair options are in the works, but there will be no ability to change body type.
The new Character Creator might be shown prior to release. There should at least be a video of it prior to launch.
There is an ongoing effort to get more hairstyles. Many people on the art team are bald, so, y’know….
The character customization is set to be “really in depth.” No doubt in response to complaints of somewhat bland customization systems of past games.
Character creation will occur prior to the game’s large opening cutscene.
Mage Inquisitors can wear heavy armor so long as the right armor is crafted.
There will not be customization options for chest hair on the Inquisitor.
Each gender can choose between two voices, resulting in four potential English voices for your Inquisitor.
There may be freckle options in presets in character customization.
And then some information about the various actors who bring the world of Dragon Age: Inquisition to life:
Freddie Prinze Jr. was cast as a Qunari for a couple reasons: 1) He worked well with the Mass Effect 3 director 2) he loves the games 3) he was very excited for the role 4) he had a “kick-ass” audition.
The British male voice actor is Harry Hadden-Paton.
The American male Inquisitor actor is Jon Curry (Voice of Zevran from Dragon Age: Origins and 2).
The American female Inquisitor actor is Sumalee Montano.
I’m not a particularly big fan of character customization. I like it, but it is by no means a game-seller for me. Despite that, I’m actually pretty excited for Inquisition’s system, as it seems to be proving itself pretty expansive. Make sure you give Bioware some thanks for providing us with so much info!
And still, these weren’t the only details to emerge from today’s Q&A. There were also plenty of details shared about story & gameplay, characters & combat, as well as romance & modding. Make sure you take a look!
You can look forward to Dragon Age: Inquisition launching later this fall, October 7th, on all of PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.