The plot of Dragon Age: Inquisition has recently raised some eyebrows over the plot and its similarities with another recent Bioware game Mass Effect 3, today a Dragon Age dev spoke out about this similarity.
In an interview with OXM, producer Cameron Lee talked about how just because Inquisition also requires you to gather factions to take down a single enemy; it doesn’t mean that they are the same game.
“We have this event that occurs and the world is in chaos, sure, but in Mass Effect, you always knew what the threat was, you always knew that the reapers were there. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, whilst there is a humongous tear in the sky, and all these powerful factions and nations are in chaos – all this is happening at once, and that’s a little too strange to just suddenly occur and be coincidence.
“So the player has more of an investment in uncovering what’s going on here. And it’s not necessarily about uncover some truths and get this person on side in order to deal with the thing at the end, it’s a lot more complex than that. And you know, you are a force. Yes you’re a character, but you lead this organisation, this inquisition, which has a really significant presence in the world, a presence and an influence on these different nations and factions.
“So in Mass Effect you formed factions but it was mostly on a personal scale, whereas in Inquisition you’re talking about having a personal impact, but mostly through these big crunchy, meaty decisions and impacts that the Inquisition can have on the world. It’s kind of like the difference between being a Jedi, and founding the Jedi Order.”
It is interesting how both games feature a similar plot device but I can see the differences after Lee explained it. It seems like Mass Effect was focusing on making personal decisions but in Dragon Age those decisions will be made on a much wider scale, just like in Dragon Age: Origins. I really can’t wait to see more of Inquisition, hopefully the game will live up to Origins’ standard, even if that game doesn’t really hold up anymore.
Let me know in the comments what you think about Cameron Lee’s remarks, are you looking forward to Inquisition?