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Dragon Age: Inquisition screens show off The Emerald Graves and Emprise du Lion

Posted on May 13, 2014 AT 03:28am

BioWare has released a new batch of screenshots for Dragon Age: Inquisition that show off two areas that players will be able to explore in the game: The Emerald Graves and Emprise du Lion.

“The Emerald Graves are a mix of the old elven burial ground and a noble, Orlesian playground,” explained senior environment artist Andrew Farrell. ”You’ve got the lower section of the forest, which is a bit more civilized with road signs and abandoned Orlesian estates, and then as you get higher up, you come to the ancient elven areas.

“While adventuring through the upper regions of the Emerald Graves, you’ll come across some rather large caves. Don’t be surprised to find some ‘gigantic’ enemies using them as their homes.”

It appears that players will be able to access this area at a low level to explore, but they may not be able to defeat everything they come across. “You may not be a high enough level to take down everything you’ll encounter at first, but you can sneak around and continue your exploration,” Farrell added. “When you are strong enough, however, this is exactly the kind of place you’ll want to come back and do battle in search of better loot. You never know, there could even be a dragon nearby.”

The developer also detailed a second location in the game: The “craggy, snow-covered highlands of Emprise du Lion.” Unlike The Emerald Graves, players will be more directed in Emprise du Lion because there is a “core story element that drives you there.”

Sadly Farrell wouldn’t give up exactly what this “core story element” was, but he did offer the following: “The red templars are up to something, and the Inquisition comes in to check it out,” Farrell finally offered. “When you arrive, there’s an area for you to explore, but if you want to get to the heart of what’s happening, you’re going to have to push through an army.”

Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to launch October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.
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