BioWare has shared some details regarding Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s Halamshiral area, which appears to be untouched by the war surrounding it.
In Halamshiral the nobles carry on partying and enjoying themselves completely oblivious to the war that currently rages across the Orlesian countryside. “The civil war is now at an impasse,” explains level designer Chris Corfe. “The faction leaders are at a peace talk at the Winter Palace in Halamshiral, a magnificent Orlesian structure built on ancient elven grounds. The Inquisition is here to find and stop an assassin.”
“We are about to attend a costume party,” adds senior environment artist Ryan Love. “Get your mask on and your dancing shoes ready, but don’t let your guard down. There’s more to this party than meets the eye.”
In a change to other areas in the game, battles are not fought with swords in Halamshiral. In the Winter Palace rumor and scandal are the weapons of choice. “Combat is not the main focus here,” Corfe says. “Intrigue and social interactions rule the day, so the gameplay has unique elements. We still have some balancing to do, but I’d say it’s shaping up nicely.”
Of course, as with previous reveals, Corfe and Love were reluctant to spill any details about the plot surrounding this area. “There is a nice chunk of content off the beaten path,” Corfe teased. “And beware of the approval of the Imperial Court!”
“Make sure to search every dark corner of the place. You never know what you might find,” Love added. “Also, always remember to be a good party guest. People won’t take kindly to a guest snooping in their closets!”
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available from October 7 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.