BioWare's unannounced, much-teased Dragon Age 3 casts players as an all-seeing, all-powerful Inquisitor, has a co-op mode and online features of some hue, and tasks you with the maintenance of a shadowy political empire, according to reports on BioWare Social.
Two users claim to have received marketing surveys which explore potential Dragon Age 3 plotlines, mechanics and settings. A number of character concept artworks are included - find shots in the gallery below.
"The great nation of Orlais, the most powerful empire in Dragon Age, tears itself apart in civil war," reads a summary posted on NeoGAF. "The stout men and women of Ferelden struggle to recover and reclaim their nation from the horde of vile Darkspawn that lay waste [sic] to its lands a decade ago.
"The Chantry, the once-unified faith of the Dragon Age world stands divided. The Templar order has broken away, claiming the church has become too lax in policing the dangerous powers o the mages. The Mage circles have 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."
We're getting tingles. Are you? Another summary allegedly chopped out of a German version of the survey sketches out the Inquisitor's methodologies. "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."
You'll now have space in your party for four companions at once, and party management has apparently been improved. In a move which suggest this may be more of an experiment than a "proper" numbered outing, BioWare's also polling players on a number of subtitles: Dragon Age 3: The Breach, Dragon Age 3: Exarch, Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, Dragon Age 3: Inquisitor and Dragon Age 3: Apocrypha. Cheers, Strategy Informer.
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