Mass Effect 3 allowed new players to answer a few questions to fill in the decisions that were made in the previous two games, and BioWare has decided to take this one step further by offering players the chance to shape the entire world.
The way that Mass Effect 3 went about filling in the blanks was simple, but effective. However, it missed out a lot of smaller decisions that still had an impact on the game as a whole. Dragon Age Keep fixes this issue by allowing players to basically play out several what-if scenarios until they are happy with their choices.
“Within the Dragon Age Keep, you’ll be able to customize a Dragon Age historical world state to your exact specifications drawn from Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 story decisions,” explained BioWare. “These include hero attributes, companion details, quest results, and more. Customize as much or as little as you wish… For new players, the Keep will serve as a great way to understand the people, places, and events that shaped the world leading up to Dragon Age Inquisition.”
“You can fully explore what-if scenarios, and become aware of events and consequences in our past games that you may not have known were possible. You can then fire up the previous games and go exploring for those moments,” explained executive producer Mark Darrah. “Even if you don’t go back and re-play the previous games, you can still establish that scenario as part of your world state, and import it at the start of a new Dragon Age Inquisition game to see the consequences of your actions.”
BioWare added that there will still be some kind of save importing alongside the Keep. Players can now sign-up for access to a beta version of Dragon Age Keep set to go live in early 2014.