July 13, 2024

Dragon Age: The Veilguard’s promotional marketing campaign is in full swing after BioWare reintroduced the re-titled RPG at Summer season Recreation Fest earlier this month. Whereas we discovered quite a bit from the gameplay reveal and the behind-closed-doors presentation on the present, BioWare continues to be drip-feeding info to followers, most lately within the type of a Discord Q&A with recreation director Corinne Busche, artistic director John Epler, and artwork director Matt Rhodes that befell earlier at the moment, June 14.

Listed here are a couple of of the key reveals for individuals who don’t wish to hearken to the complete audio.

Having two celebration members will change issues

Each earlier Dragon Age recreation has used a celebration of 4 characters together with your participant character, whereas The Veilguard has shaved this down to a few. You’ll solely have the ability to deliver two companions with you at a time, just like the Mass Impact collection, and followers are anxious this may have an effect on issues like celebration banter, which has develop into a staple within the collection. Busche defined that reducing the celebration rely got here hand-in-hand with a need to deliver all the pieces in gameplay to a extra intimate degree, and meaning commanding extra celebration actions suddenly.

“We simply discovered that if you’re enjoying the fight system, if you’re planning your methods, two actually felt like the proper quantity to handle,” she mentioned. “So take note, [protagonist] Rook has lots of several types of actions, talents, and particular person assaults which might be extra absolutely fleshed out than ever earlier than. Timing and positioning actually matter quite a bit, so this actually felt like the proper steadiness. The variety of inputs and actions we’re asking you as a participant to take, together with directing your companions, is larger than ever earlier than. […] I interact with the companions, [and] actively management what they’re doing greater than I ever have earlier than in any of the opposite three video games.”

So far as banter goes, Epler mentioned that The Veilguard will nonetheless embody banter between companions as you journey by way of the world, even when fewer persons are participating within the dialog without delay. He additionally confirmed that BioWare has gone out of its approach to embody options like resumable banter to make sure you don’t miss a dialog by by chance triggering an occasion that interrupts it. Whereas there might be interactions between characters throughout your travels, BioWare additionally confirmed there might be banter at your private home base, so that you’ll nonetheless get a way of their relationships with each other in case you don’t take them out to the sector.

“Truthfully, I don’t assume you may cease the writers from writing banter,” Epler mentioned. “I’ll say for myself it’s one of many extra mild however enjoyable issues to do. You get to jot down little tales and little arcs between totally different characters.”

You possibly can kiss a skeleton, possibly?

Because it was revealed that Emmrich, the previous man necromancer celebration member, would have a skeletal assistant named Manfred, Dragon Age followers have, maybe predictably, puzzled in case you can kiss the lipless man. Rhodes shot down any notion of a Manfred romance, however he appears to suggest that you just’ll have the ability to do…one thing….with a skeleton in some unspecified time in the future in The Veilguard.

“I might say, ‘not that skeleton,’ however we’re not saying ‘no skeletons,’” Rhodes responded to a fan asking to bone the bones.

There’s no photograph mode…but

BioWare has confirmed that The Veilguard doesn’t have a photograph mode, however is open to including it. This may be the second time the studio has such a characteristic to its video games, because it included it within the Mass Impact: Legendary Version remasters, however Dragon Age hasn’t had one but.

“That may be a characteristic that we like the concept of,” Rhodes mentioned. “It’s not simply player-facing, however internally it’s a extremely useful factor for us as we’re constructing issues out to have that. So we’ll let you recognize.”

A forest area in Dragon Age: The Veilguard.

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The flexibility wheel is a little more restricted this time round

The Veilguard is utilizing a capability wheel just like Mass Impact, but it surely doesn’t sound such as you’ll have the ability to use each spell or skill in your arsenal from this. As an alternative, you’ll need to assign a loadout of three talents per character within the celebration, and resolve what strikes you wish to deliver with you to the sector. That is just like Mass Impact: Andromeda, which allow you to be taught each skill within the recreation however had been restricted to a few at a time except you swapped your loadout. Earlier Dragon Age video games allow you to entry most of your spells and talents from an analogous wheel with out limitation.

“What I like about that is there may be form of an emergent gameplay relying on who you and your companions are coming into the mission with,” Busche mentioned. “The explanation for that’s that it truly creates a extremely fascinating steadiness of strategizing […] about your fight package earlier than the mission. Then the tactical choices when you’re within the discipline in fight deciding what to do.”

Different skill wheel inputs will embody combat-based gadgets that may buff your group, and an “final” skill relying in your class and specialization.

BioWare will discuss accessibility options at a later date

One fan requested if BioWare can be together with accessibility options in The Veilguard to assist gamers who want these play the sport. The query particularly talked about an arachnophobia mode that might take away spiders from the sport, which prompted Busche to say her personal concern of spiders. Nonetheless, it appears like BioWare will give this particular subject some consideration someplace down the road earlier than the sport launches in fall.

“I do wish to guarantee you that we’ve spent lots of time occupied with this subject so you’ll be able to play the sport in a manner that basically works for you,” Busche mentioned. “I’m excited to share that with you when the time is correct.”

The Veilguard takes place ten years after Inquisition

Within the unique gameplay reveal, Solas mentions that he and Varric labored collectively as a part of the Inquisition “years” in the past, and now we all know precisely how way back that was. In line with Epler, The Veilguard takes place round 10 years after the occasions of Inquisition’s last Trespasser DLC.

You’ll have the ability to customise your celebration’s outfits

The Veilguard appears closely influenced by Dragon Age II from its action-based fight to its free-for-all romance, however one factor it received’t be bringing again from the 2011 RPG is mounted celebration member appearances. Rhodes confirmed that whereas every companion can have a “wider vary” of suits so that you can discover all through the sport.

The cast of Dragon Age: The Veilguard.

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The group is just not centered on DLC right now

Most of BioWare’s latest video games (with the unlucky exception of Mass Impact: Andromeda) have had main story DLCs. Busche mentioned that proper now ,the group’s total focus is on the principle Veilguard recreation and didn’t verify or deny if the group would work on DLC after launch. She did, nonetheless, reiterate that it received’t have any microtransactions, battle passes, or on-line necessities.

There might be transmog

Busche confirmed that The Veilguard can have a transmog system so you’ll be able to put on no matter you need whereas maintaining the stats of stronger gear.

There received’t be any asexual characters this time round

A fan requested if any characters in The Veilguard might be on the ace spectrum, and Busche mentioned that whereas not one of the companions might be asexual, she, as a grey asexual individual, wish to embody one down the road.

“None of our companions this time round are explicitly ace. After we have a look at the characters, their motivations, who they’re, we at all times assess, ‘is that this the proper time?’ This time it wasn’t. However what I’ll say, for everybody on the ace spectrum on the market, I might like to characterize an ace relationship someday sooner or later when it appears like essentially the most genuine match for a companion, after we can do it finest.”

Blood mage is not going to be a specialization for Rook

Whereas Busche didn’t particularly point out the opposite mage companions, she did verify that Rook can have plot causes for not practising the controversial Blood Magic in The Veilguard. She didn’t get into specifics however did verify that necromancy, elemental magic, and a extra combat-based specialization are all on the desk.

There might be no canine this time

Dragon Age: Origins had a canine companion in your celebration. That won’t be the case in The Veilguard as a result of the sport takes place in northern Thedas, the place the Mabari breed isn’t distinguished. You possibly can, nonetheless, pet Assan, Davrin’s griffon companion.

BioWare will present the character creator earlier than launch

Having seen the character creator at Summer season Recreation Fest, I can verify The Veilguard’s character creator is definitely the deepest one BioWare’s ever completed. Busche confirmed BioWare will present it off publicly earlier than launch within the fall.

Rook’s final identify might be outlined by their faction

As a result of you’ll be able to play as so many various races in Dragon Age, participant characters’ final names had been typically decided by race or backstory. In The Veilguard, Rook’s final identify might be outlined by which of the six factions you select for them. Their first identify might be customizable, nonetheless.

There might be a collector’s version

Whereas BioWare wasn’t capable of discuss in regards to the totally different editions for The Veilguard, Epler mentioned the group would discuss these “quickly.”

A beach area in Dragon Age: The Veilguard.

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Tavern songs are again

One of many coolest worldbuilding bits in Inquisition had been tavern songs carried out by bards in Skyhold. These might be returning in The Veilguard. Busche says one that’s featured in a tavern referred to as “The Swan” within the metropolis of Minrathous is her favourite within the recreation.

Your celebration members can depart in case you piss them off…however they could come again

In earlier Dragon Age video games, your companions may depart your celebration in the event that they disapproved of your actions sufficient. It appears like The Veilguard can have comparable falling-outs, but it surely looks like a few of them may not be everlasting.

“You possibly can piss them off, they may not agree with you, and so they may take a while away,” she mentioned. “That mentioned, that is the largest menace to Thedas we’ve ever seen, so they’re at all times going to be keen to point out as much as defend Thedas, however yeah, you’ll be able to piss them off and so they’ll depart for a minute.”

If Rook dies, recreation over

In earlier Dragon Age video games, you’d shift management from one character to a different in the event that they died in fight. In The Veilguard, you’ll need to reload a save if Rook dies. That’s since you don’t get direct management of your companions this time round, however you’ll be able to spec a celebration member to revive you to salvage a foul battle.

The Fade choice from Inquisition received’t be a think about The Veilguard

In Inquisition you had to decide on between leaving both Dragon Age II protagonist Hawke or a Gray Warden chief in The Fade to assist save the group from an unsightly spider demon. Epler confirmed that this alternative received’t play into The Veilguard’s story, however did say it’d come up in a future recreation down the road.

There received’t be mounts this time round

As a result of The Veilguard isn’t open-world like Inquisition, you received’t be using a horse within the new recreation. Rhodes defined mounts had been meant to deal with a necessity that the studio not has this time round.

Dragon Age: The Veilguard is coming this fall, so in case you’ve not performed these video games earlier than, you continue to have a while to catch up. Right here’s a roundup of the most essential DLCs and a few mods to streamline Inquisition into a greater recreation to get you in your manner.