Following last week’s announcement that BioWare is dropping last-gen support for Dragon Age: Inquisition, some gamers are looking for answers on exactly how the decision will affect them. Answering a series of fan questions over the weekend, Dragon Age: Inquisition executive producer Mark Darrah admitted to players that the move to release all future add-on content exclusively on current-gen platforms was an unavoidable necessity.
@auroraj777 that’s fair. We needed to make the change, unfortunately.
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) July 12, 2015
Without going too deep into the reasons, Darrah revealed that there are specific reasons why upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC won’t be available on older consoles. The producer of the series stressed that BioWare is aware that discontinuing support on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 will obviously negatively impact owners of those platforms and apologized for the inconvenience. BioWare is taking action to try to lessen the blow to those players.
“I understand that this messes with some people’s experience. We are doing what we can to make it less bad.”
As the Inquisitr reported last week, one such step that the developer has taken is to help Dragon Age: inquisition players painlessly make the jump to current-gen systems after Patch 8 introduced a file transfer system that allows game saves to be moved across platform. However, after being asked, Darrah stated that he believed it would have been much easier if all Dragon Age: Inquisition content was simply marketed exclusively to the current generation in order to avoid dropping support of specific platforms before all Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC could be released. Fortunately, he also confirmed that few players will be affected by the decision since the majority of gamers play on either the Xbox One, PS4, or PC.
While BioWare isn’t ready to begin discussing exactly what will be included in the next DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Darrah did specify that future add-on content for the game will focus on the memorable NPC followers that fought alongside players in Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s story campaign.
Like the first DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the upcoming current-gen exclusive add-on will offer additional backstory that further fleshes out the world of Thedas. Since the content does introduce new lore, Darrah found it hard to answer questions about whether the content will continue the main narrative of Dragon Age: Inquisition. However, the game’s executive producer was able to confirm that the DLC will have nothing to do with the title’s main antagonist, Corypheus.
If you played Dragon Age: Inquisition on last-gen consoles, are you considering purchasing the game a second time on newer platforms in order to be able to play future DLC?
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