Now that the latest installment of Bioware’s popular fantasy franchise has been released, Dragon Age: Inquisition lead writer David Gaider took some of his spare time to answer a few fan inquiries about the series’ third entry. On Tuesday, Gaider replied to several community questions from his personal Tumblr account that ranged from his thoughts on fan theories to details from the writer pertaining to the creation of Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s companion characters.
After being asked about his thoughts on the various theories that gamers have created to explain where the narrative of Dragon Age: Inquisition might continue in the future, Gaider revealed that the spectrum of fan theories is fairly scatter-shot. Most of the speculation is completely wild, but a few Dragon Age players have admittedly guessed fairly close to how the story will actually unfold over time.
“There’s so many of them that, like a shotgun, at least some of them have to hit the mark (to a point). I’m not going to say which, of course, but there’s a couple I’ve read where I was like “oh, that’s pretty close…not too bad…aww, and here you go right off the rails. Tsk.” Fan speculation is fun.”
A series of questions about writing Dorian, one of the mage companions of Dragon Age: Inquisition, were also answered. In addition to being the lead writer of Dragon Age, Gaider was also personally responsible for creating the popular homosexual mage from the Tevinter Imperium that would join the player’s party in Dragon Age: Inquisition. As a gay man himself, Gaider admitted that there were some difficulties to writing Dorian, but he felt that the character’s story was one that belonged to the world of Dragon Age.
‘It was difficult, and involved the exorcising of some personal demons, and that’s all I’ll say about it.”
“I knew when I wrote it that not everyone would appreciate it. Depending on one’s level of empathy or cynicism, they might roll their eyes or call it an After School Special…or, hey, maybe I’m over-stating it. Maybe they’ll just consider it badly written. Wouldn’t be the first time.”
“”If, in fact, that’s something you intend to talk about. Which I thought I might try, since here I had myself a gay character for the very first time. How successful I was with that is up to the individual player, but I’m glad I did it.”
One fan revealed that he chose to romance Dorian in Dragon Age: Inquisition despite being a straight man himself. Gaider noted that he discovered that there was actually a large group of straight males who admittedly romance Dorian in the third entry of the Dragon Age series.
“Someone recently directed me to a thread on reddit where a bunch of self-professed straight men talked about how much they loved Dorian…which, yes, I have to admit I was surprised by. Pleasantly, though. Beyond that, it makes sense. Dorian is like a gay Tony Stark … this tells me there are straight men in the gaming community who have a pair of eyes, sense, and taste.”
Dragon Age: Inquisition is out now on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The game added a multiplayer mode to the fantasy franchise for the first time in the series’ history, and the developer has held several in-game events for the title’s co-op mode since Dragon Age: Inquisition first launched last month. In fact, as the Inquistir reported, this past weekend’s bow mastery event will be rescheduled to take place at the beginning of the New Year after recent PSN and Xbox Live outages made it difficult for many users to get online to take part in the Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer event.
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