Dragon Age Keep Update

dragonimageWith the recent announcement of a new release date for Dragon Age: Inquisition, we’d also like to provide an update on the Dragon Age Keep .

To coincide with the November 18, 2014, launch of Inquisition, we will also be moving the Keep’s launch date. Accordingly, we’ll be extending our beta program, meaning there’s still plenty of time to get involved with the Keep.

For those unfamiliar with the Keep, it’s a companion Web experience that allows you to customize your story choices across the Dragon Age franchise. This ensures that regardless of what platform you play on, you’ll always have your Thedas the way you made it.

Since we last wrote about the Keep,we’ve launched a closed beta program that has been running successfully for several months. We’re adding more and more users on a regular basis, and working with our testers has been instrumental in improving the overall Keep experience.

If you’d like to get involved with the beta, you can apply online at dragonagekeep.com. Participants are selected based on their application responses, not on a first-come first-serve basis. This way, we can make sure that we have users from multiple platforms and with varying levels of experience with Dragon Age games.

However, if you’re not selected to participate in the beta, don’t fret! We still plan to launch ahead of Dragon Age: Inquisition, giving you ample time to establish your world state ahead of time. The exact date is still to be determined and will depend on how the beta progresses. We’ll continue to release information over the coming weeks, providing updates as the beta progresses.

We’re also launching an official twitter account for the Keep (@DragonAgeKeep), where you’ll be able to find regular updates and get in touch with the team. It’s also where we’ll be announcing when we send out beta invitations to users.

If you want more information about the Keep, you’ll find a handy list of links and FAQs below.

Keep FAQ

Twitter

Forum post on some recent questions

Here’s what some of our users have been saying:

Interview with Gamermd83

Lady Insanity

Anthony’s AAGA

 

The Dragon Egg Hunt Returns

The next installment of the Dragon Egg Hunt is happening at San Diego Comic Con. Find us at the Dark Horse booth (2615) and Geek & Sundry Lounge Thursday through Sunday from 9am-7pm.

The hunt kicked off at PAX East in Boston, where BioWare and Lone Shark Games revealed the first three eggs. Throughout the rest of the year and into next year, we will be visiting conventions and continuing the hunt for the remaining 15 eggs, starting with San Diego Comic Con.

Dragon egg hunters at PAX East were given the following instructions:

Welcome, heroes, to the Dragon Egg Hunt! You are Inquisition Scouts and your orders are to spend the next year hunting down and winning a collection of dragon eggs. Sinister forces across Thedas want the eggs for their own designs and your job is to stop them. Collect the dragon eggs and protect the people of Thedas!

There are three types of challenges you must face to win dragon eggs:

  • Warrior challenges test your strength and willpower
  • Rogue challenges test your cunning and dexterity
  • Mage challenges test your magic and constitution

Players found the Nevarra and Dwarf eggs at the BioWare base, while the Circle of Magi egg could be found online on various BioWare social media channels.

The Nevarra egg (rogue challenge)

The Nevarra egg was found inside a glass case. Printed on a real egg was a word search. You can watch the video below and see if you can find the words.

Here are the instructions for this challenge:

The nation of Nevarra is famed for its dragon slayers. Indeed, until recently it was believed that they had hunted the great beasts to extinction. With the Dragon Age upon us, a revival of sorts is underway in Nevarra. It is said that some hunters used to eat dragon eggs and now a group of Nevarran nobles wants to try this delicacy for themselves. They have found a stash of stolen dragon eggs, and are preparing to eat them! A friendly Chantry priest has covered each egg in letters, and left you a list of ways to prepare eggs that would put the chefs of Orlais to shame. You can find these methods of preparation on the eggs in word search style, but because dragon eggs have a powerful stench, you cannot open the cases and touch them. Hurry, because if there are this many rogues about, somebody must be getting double-crossed.

HOW TO PREPARE A DRAGON EGG: BENEDICT, DEVILED, DEVONSHIRE, FRIED, HARD BOILED, OVER EASY, OVER HARD, OVER MEDIUM, PICKLED, POACHED, RAW, SCRAMBLED, SHIRRED, SUNNY SIDE UP, THOUSAND YEAR

The answer: Reading left to right, the crossing letters spell RECANT.egghunt

The Dwarves egg (warrior challenge)

The Dwarves egg featured a box of metallic eggs (gold, silver, and violet), each of which contained a gold coin with a letter on it.

Here are the instructions for this challenge.

The dwarves of Orzammar wage a never-ending battle against the darkspawn in the Deep Roads and they need stout warriors to fight by their side. To aid them and prove your worth as an Inquisition Scout, use your handheld messaging device to capture an image of a living person in powerful weapons and armor from somewhere in this convention. Then, every fifteen minutes, our dwarf will seek out one among you who has captured such an image. That worthy can draw one egg of each color from the chest, examine the eggs’ contents, and replace the eggs. The dwarf will record these findings for all to see. By the end of the weekend, all of you aspiring warriors should be able to combine your knowledge and figure out the five-letter adjective the dwarves left for you. No matter how much Varric insists, that word is not DRUNK!

Players found all the eggs, and discovered that the only letters found in all three colors of egg were the ones featuring the letters in the word COINS.

The answer: COINS is not an adjective, and neither is ICONS. The only adjective with those letters is the word SONIC.

The Circle of Magi egg (mage challenge)

The Circle of Magi egg was found on the BioWare Facebook and other social media sites. It consisted of 12 pictures, each with a confounding trivia question.

Here are the instructions to this challenge.

Welcome, Inquisition Scouts, to the Dragon Egg Hunt! Throughout the weekend, we will conduct three challenges: two at the PAX East convention, and one here on this strange portal to the Fade. A Circle mage’s mind must be sharp, able to recall the details of a spell while staying alert to the dangers of demonic possession. This challenge involves carefully analyzing a dozen images and answering the questions associated with them. Only those who are knowledgeable in the culture of two worlds will be able to master this perplexing challenge, and gain the mages’ 12-letter answer. Work together, for the spirits of the Fade are tricky and not to be trusted!

 The answer: After some questing, online solvers discovered that these images were from the books The Art of Mass Effect and Dragon Age: The World of Thedas. Each occurred on a specific page, but the trivia question applied to the information on that same page in the other book.

PICTURE BOOK WITH PICTURE PAGE BOOK WITH QUESTION QUESTION ANSWER WORD FINAL ANSWER
1 Dragon Age 162 Mass Effect Who brought the team? CERBERUS C
2 Mass Effect 112 Dragon Age What nationality is the sculpture? ORLESIAN O
3 Mass Effect 86 Dragon Age What’s independent? NEVARRA N
4 Dragon Age 38 Mass Effect Whose torus is it? STANFORD S
5 Dragon Age 46 Mass Effect What did it originally feel like? EL DORADO E
6 Mass Effect 35 Dragon Age Who’s like a tapeworm? CARTA C
7 Dragon Age 54 Mass Effect Whose materials are they? ROSENKOV R
8 Dragon Age 58 Mass Effect What has glowing eyes? ALARM SENSOR A
9 Mass Effect 73 Dragon Age Where are hoods found? TEVINTER T
10 Mass Effect 102 Dragon Age Who has dangerous gifts? ISOLATIONISTS I
11 Dragon Age 100 Mass Effect What area is this safer than? OMEGA O
12 Mass Effect 13 Dragon Age Which tribes split? NEROMENIAN N

The first letters of those answers spelled out CONSECRATION.

Those eggs are just the first three in our continent-spanning Dragon Egg Hunt. Look for more eggs at these conventions and events, and complete the quest!

PAX East (Boston, March 11-13, 2014): Circle of Magi, Dwarves, Nevarra

San Diego Comic Con (San Diego, July 24-27, 2014): Antiva, Qunari

Gen Con (Indianapolis, August 14-17, 2014): Tevinter

PAX Prime (Seattle, August 29-September 1, 2014): Chantry, Ferelden, Starkhaven

Montreal Comic Con (Montreal, September 12-14, 2014): Elves, Orlais, Templars

Edmonton Expo (Edmonton, September 26-28, 2014): Anderfels, Kirkwall

Geek Girl Con (Seattle, October 11-12, 2014): Rivain

Throughout North America (October-December): Grey Wardens, Seekers of Truth

PAX South (San Antonio, January 23-25, 2015): Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition Update

From Mark Darrah, Executive Producer of Dragon Age: Inquisition

As you may have heard, we’re holding back the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition until November 18, 2014. We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it.

Since we began working on Dragon Age: Inquisition almost four years ago, our goal was to create the best Dragon Age experience ever. It was that goal that motivated many of our decisions: moving to Frostbite, bringing race choice and customization back, improving tactical camera, building a team of characters whose relationships evolve based on your actions, and most importantly, crafting an epic, nation-spanning story that both draws upon past games and takes you to many new places in the realm of Thedas.

I’m privileged to be a part of a team that has been working very hard to surpass every measure they’ve set for themselves. That has meant completing huge amounts of game content, fixing bugs both big and small, and improving the overall experience. This last bit of time is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero’s choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on.

Thank you again for your patience and support!

Mark

BioWare at San Diego Comic

We’re very excited to announce that BioWare will be attending San Diego Comic-Con next week, and we’re bringing Dragon Age: Inquisition with us. We’d like to thank our friends at Microsoft and AMD as our show sponsors this year.

If you’re going to the show, we’d love to see you! Here’s a schedule of where you can find us throughout the week.

 

San Diego Convention Center – Dark Horse booth (#2615)

111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

Mass Effect team: Noel Lukasewich, Carl Boulay, Fabrice Condominas, Mike Gamble

Dragon Age team: Patrick Weekes, Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow

Thursday, July 24

  • Mass Effect team signing: 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Dragon Age team signing: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Friday, July 25

  • Mass Effect team signing: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, July 26

  • Mass Effect team signing: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, July 27

  • Mass Effect team signing: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Microsoft Lounge

Manchester Grand Hyatt
Seaport Ballroom, 2nd floor
1 Market Place, San Diego, CA

Thursday, July 24

  • Demo 1: 11:30am – 12:00pm
  • Demo 2: 1:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Demo 3: 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday, July 25

  • Demo 1: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Demo 2: 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, July 26

  • Demo 1: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Demo 2: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Demo 3: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Sunday, July 27

  • Demo 1: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Demo 2: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Geek & Sundry Lounge

Jolt’n Joes, 2nd Floor
379 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA

Thursday, July 24

  • Meet & Greet: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Demo 1: 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Demo 2: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday, July 25

  • Demo 1: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Demo 2: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

We hope to see you there!