The upcoming third entry into BioWare’s Dragon Age series is pressing on, and it seems that this time around things are going to look a lot nicer than they ever have before.
According to an interview with BioWare’s Neil Thompson in the latest issue of OXM UK, Dragon Age 3: Inquisition will make use of DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine to bring the world to life and fully realise the artistic style they want to showcase.
“Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 were both done using BioWare’s own Eclipse engine, and it was starting to creak a little bit when Dragon Age 2 came out,” confessed Thompson. “Inquisition is being done on the Frostbite 2 engine and it is an astonishingly powerful engine.
“The Dragon Age artists were always slightly disappointed at how their work was visualised in the final product with Eclipse, but with Frostbite, they’ve just done some amazing stuff.
“There was a pre-production period where almost on a weekly basis I’d be sitting in the environment reviews and being blown away by what was coming out – it looks stunningly beautiful. So I think when we do start releasing screenshots, people won’t be disappointed.”
Thompson also mused that this entry into the Dragon Age series won’t feature the same “subdued colour palette and harsh brown feel” that previous entries, and many other fantasy stories, have adopted.
Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is widely believed to be a next-generation release, but it is slated for a release later this year.