As we’re all well aware, BioWare has a strong tradition of giving players options in their games and allowing those decisions to transfer over across multiple games to continually affect the story. It can be most clearly seen through the Mass Effect franchise and to a lesser extent in Dragon Age 1 and 2. With BioWare working hard on Dragon Age Inquisition, the question now becomes, how do players transfer their saves to a game that won’t be appearing on the same console as the first two games? It’s an interesting question and also one I hadn’t considered at all. Thankfully, BioWare has announced a solution and it’s pretty unique.
To get past the next generation console hurdle, BioWare is creating an online tool known as Dragon Age Keep where players can go in and shape the world how they want before playing Inquisition. There’s so much detail you’ll be able to change and set so you can either decide to keep the decisions you made or tweak them for new possibilities. Who were your companions? Which characters (if any) did you romance? How did you modify your Warden and Hawke? Which factions took power? It’s all up to you. You can shape as much or as little as you want.
The Keep will also serve as an information hub to this world as well so it’s a great place to go for new players who have no knowledge of these games or existing players looking for a refresher. If you’re worried about making a mistake or causing a logic conflict, don’t worry as BioWare has built a logic validator which prevents any sort plot issues or conflicts. It’s good to hear seeing the huge amount of data points and decisions that were present in both DAO and DA2. With that much data, the potential for errors is high, so it’s good to see The Keep being able to prevent all that.
I find this to be a really unique solution to an interesting problem. As Dragon Age is so dependent on the story and world, I’m glad BioWare has found an elegant solution to allowing new and existing players a way to personalize their world. While both the game and the tool are not due out until 2014, you can apply to enter the Dragon Age Keep beta right here.