Last month, BioWare held a contest asking for Dragon Age: Inquisition fans to submit their own custom designs for a new item that they think would fit within the popular role-playing franchise. In addition to coming up with specific ability statistics for their unique relics, BioWare also wanted players to write a backstory for their new Dragon Age: Inquisition items.
Taking the last month to look over all of the fan submissions, the developer confirmed on their official Twitter account that they have officially selected the winners of Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s Untold Relics of Thedas contest.
— BioWare (@bioware) August 27, 2015
On the BioWare blog, the studio revealed that Dragon Age: Inquisition fans turned in hundreds of custom item designs as part of the contest. While there were plenty of decent submissions, the team had the unfortunate task of narrowing down the selection to just four winners.
“In just five short days we received hundreds of entries for our ‘Untold Relics of Thedas’ contest. Among the many wonderful trinkets, trifles, and rare antiquities, four stood out. Each winning entry was chosen for the unique flavor it brought to gameplay, and its potential for encouraging new builds and playstyles with greater risks and rewards.”
While, at this time, the contest was only to see what fantastic new equipment that the Dragon Age: Inquisition community can dream up, it is possible that the items could eventually be added to the game in the future. When BioWare first announced the contest, they specifically mentioned that they might be willing to actually make the winning gear available through upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition content updates. However, the developer has not officially announced if this will indeed happen at this point.
The first winning entry was a unique amulet that can only be equipped by Rogue characters. Originally created by a dwarf to help fight against the darkspawn invasion, the Malika’s Guard helps rogues who prefer to fight face-to-face. The relic improves defense and attacks from the front, but significantly weakens flanking damage.
The next item to emerge from the contest as a winning selection is for both rogues and mages. The Andraste’s Sacrifice amulet is geared towards battle-oriented casters who aren’t afraid to take a hit. The item boosts cool down rates and mana regeneration while taunting nearby enemies who are struck by the wearer of the amulet.
The Cat Stamps ring is designed so that can be used exclusively by mages who would like to play more like a stealthy rogue. This winning relic adds flanking damage and allows its owner to become enshrouded in stealth while out of combat.
The final item chosen as one of the four top selections from the Dragon Age: Inquisition contest features a interesting, if not risky tradeoff. When wearing the Kitty’s Collar, users will be completely stripped of all of the damage resistances. However once every 30 seconds the amulet will fully block a melee attack. Furthermore, players with the item will have a 75 percent chance to instantly revive in battle upon death.
Would you like to see any of these winning entries to actually become official items in Dragon Age: Inquisition?
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