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Dragon Age 3 to Take Inspiration From Skyrim

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Posted on December 20, 2011 AT 05:42pm

THE BUZZ: BioWare’s Dr. Ray Muzyka has started talking a bit about the next Dragon Age game—and has made some interesting comments on where it may draw inspiration from.

In a conversation with Wired.com, the BioWare CEO and co-founder talked about the importance not only of expanding what they had put together in previous BioWare games (both Dragon Age and otherwise), but also being aware of other similar games on the market and looking at what ideas and inspirations they’re bringing to the table.

“[The next Dragon Age] is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it’s also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel,” Muzyka told Wired.

“We’re checking [Skyrim] out aggressively. We like it. We’re big admirers of [Bethesda] and the product. We think we can do some wonderful things.”

EGM’s TAKE: There’s a truth to any form of creation: no one person or source can come up with every good idea themselves. The way things like video games get better is by developers looking at what their competition are doing, and using that to find inspiration in coming up with your own concepts or gameplay mechanics.

So, I’m totally in support of the team behind Dragon Age looking to Skyrim for ideas on how to make their series better—as long as their next game doesn’t attempt to simply be a Skyrim clone (which I doubt will happen).

 

Source: Wired.com

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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