BioWare Reveals Dragon Age Inquisition’s Multiplayer Component
In a giant FAQ on the main Dragon Age: Inquisition website, BioWare has basically answered every question we could possibly have on the new game's multiplayer offerings, and we really like what we hear.
Dragon Age: Inquisition will sport a completely separate multiplayer experience that will not affect the main story in any way. BioWare describes the mode as "an action-packed dungeon-crawling four-player co-op experience that lets gamers play with their friends for the first time in the Dragon Age franchise." It will be modeled in the same way as Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode, just without the "galactic readiness" mechanic that affected the ending of the game.
BioWare is quick to mention that the two modes are separate, saying, "our goal with Dragon Age multiplayer is not to affect your SP campaign. We simply want to give our fans the chance to play with their friends for the first time in the Dragon Age universe." In the single player mode, the player's Inquisitor is joined by three "specialists," and in multiplayer one of those specialists is seen giving the order to the squad before a mission starts, but that's the full extent of the two modes interacting with each other. Aside from brief dialogue, they are considered completely separate.
Two of our favorite pieces of information deal with the lack of multiplayer achievements (because they can be a real pain in the butt) and the lack of a pay wall for the best items. DA:I's multiplayer will have premium currency, called platinum, available for players to purchase, but they will allow everything to also be obtained using the in-mode gold that is found by playing through the mode. Whether you choose to spend a ton or not spend anything at all, all of the game's items and upgrades will be available to you.
Mass Effect 3's multiplayer was a ton of fun, and the decision to keep it at arm's length from the main campaign only made it better. Dragon Age's complete separation is wonderful, letting us concentrate on our single-player campaigns and our multiplayer characters as two separate entities while still giving us a choice of how to play. We were looking forward to joining the Inquisition already, but now we really want to jump in and see what this world has to offer.
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches Nov.18 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.