Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:50am 17/05/12 | 14 Comments
Following a recent community announcement the Dragon Age 2 team were shifting focus to a third installment in their fantasy action RPG, BioWare has extended a further olive-branch to their vocal fanbase, asking for ideas and a clear definition of what Dragon Age means to them.
"The next thing for the Dragon Age team members and I to do is hear from you," wrote Executive Producer, Mark Darrah. "What does Dragon Age mean to you, and where would you like to see it go? We’re excited to hear what you have to say."
The team also hosted a panel at PAX East recently where they spoke about "hypotheticals" in where to take the franchise next (the results of which can be seen here).
The end result appears to be an open dialogue between the team, BioWare itself and fans in a move that might be slightly related to the Mass Effect 3 ending furore, but could also be seen as a community-driven developer reaching out to its fans to draw them into the creation process.
"Beginning today, we’ll do a series of questions and discussions around Dragon Age," the team wrote on the BioWare blog. "Consider this a conversation between fans, the community team, and the developers.
"Everyone at BioWare is incredibly excited about the future of the franchise but we’re interested in what you have to say," the post continued. "Every month, we will discuss a topic or question about Dragon Age and game development. You will have one week to post your thoughts, desires, and hopes before we close the thread for review. Moderators and developers will pop into the thread to chat every now and again, so keep an eye out."
The post also revealed that this dialogue isn't specifically tied to simply helping the development of the next game, but the whole DA universe and beyond for the likes of novels, comics and more. However, the post also asserted that nothing produced via this system is to be set in stone and that it's essentially everyone "talking about ideas".
"This should remain a discussion between BioWare and fans about what you loved about Dragon Age Origins and Dragon Age 2 — what this franchise means to you," they concluded.
So, what would you have the team do with the next Dragon Age? Drop us a line in the Comments section with your thoughts and ideas.