Fans of BioWare’s latest chapter in their popular fantasy franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition, have been curious about when the upcoming Black Emporium content update would be available ever since the developer first announced the new features. Finally giving gamers an anticipated release window, Dragon Age: Inquisition executive producer Mark Darrah confirmed on his personal Twitter account that the Black Emporium is expected to launch towards the beginning of May.
Among other changes, the Black Emporium update will add a new mirror to Dragon Age: Inquisition that will give players the ability to alter their characters’ appearance and voice throughout their playthrough. The only time that users can currently customize their in-game character’s features in Dragon Age: Inquisition is during the initial character creation sequence.
The addition of the mirror will ensure that players won’t have to remake their character simply to change their hairstyle or tweak other features. Before its upcoming appearance in Dragon Age: Inquisition, the Black Emporium was first introduced in the series’ second installment.
Providing further details on the Black Emporium update, Darrah also confirmed that the upcoming features will absolutely be offered to existing Dragon Age: Inquisition players as a free download. BioWare’s continued desire to offer fans access to additional free content could help the developer soothe customers who were upset that the first DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition launched earlier this week only on the Xbox One and PC due to a timed exclusivity deal between Microsoft and Electronic Arts.
The exclusivity agreement has kept the game from coming to Playstation consoles until a later date. The deal has also prevented BioWare from even being able to discuss the PS4 version of the initial Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC.
As the Inquistr previously reported, many Dragon Age: Inquisition fans initially thought that the Black Emporium was intended to be included as part of Patch 5. So when that update released without the Emporium, some users were upset by its absence. The confusion stemmed from the fact that BioWare first announced the Black Emporium alongside all Patch 5 content for the new PC beta program.
However, the developer later revealed that they never intended for the Black Emporium to be bundled with Patch 5 but the upcoming content did require features implemented with that update and was therefore tested alongside the patch.
Do you think BioWare’s desire to release free content for Dragon Age: Inquisition makes up for EA’s unpopular decision for timed DLC exclusivity?
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