Dragon Age 3 will cast players as an Inquisitor, feature online co-op and will be set in Orlais, if survey data revealed on the BioWare social forums is to be believed.
Along with a Dragon Age 3 logo and concept art, users have also detailed the who, what, where, when and whys of BioWare's eagerly-anticipated third entry. According the the posts the game will take place at a time where Orlais, the affluent nation in Thedas, is being torn apart by a civil war.
"The great nation of Orlais, the most powerful empire in Dragon Age, tears itself apart in civil war," reads a plot summary posted on NeoGAF.
"The stout men and women of Ferelden struggle to recover and reclaim their nation from the horde of vile Darkspawn that lay waste to its lands a decade ago.
"The Chantry, the once-unified faith of the Dragon Age world stands divided. The Templar order has broken away, claiming the church has become too lax in policing the dangerous powers o the mages. The Mage circles have rebelled, believing the Templars have become too strict, too zealous in their duties, and too quick to slaughter those who step out of line.
"The world of Dragon Age is one on the brink of collapse, and when a desperate gathering in the name of peace becomes the epicentre of a magical blast that decimates the Chantry's leadership, it becomes clear that someone or something is manipulating events to drive the world into chaos.
"From the ashes of that explosion, something new rises: The Inquisition. As the Inquisitor, it falls to you to build up your power and martial your forces, uncover secrets and build connections across the world. You must explore forgotten spaces, uncover ancient mysteries and uproot those who would destroy the fabric of the world."
A second German survey has also been transcribed and translated, it provides a broader overview of the rumoured Dragon Age 3 plot.
"A portal between the worlds unleashes hords of demons in the land, civil wars rip apart nations and the corruption is limitless. Someone is behind the shadows, drawing the threads which destroy the world. Time has come for the Inquisition.
"Take the Inquisitor's cloak and lead the only force able of bringing light into the darkness. Choose the direct method and gather your armies, send spies into the shadows or engage in a political war, make friends and use your connections indirectly: it is up to you how you lead the inquisition. But you'll have to take lead of it from the beginning.
"Make your player a rogue, warrior or mage and set up your crew from up to ten (!) complex companions to lead them against those who attack you by systematically spying on, revealing and destroying them."
Survey participants are supposedly being asked to pick a potential subtitle for the threequel, the options include 'The Breach', 'Exarch', 'Inquisition', 'Inquisitor' and 'Apocrypha'.
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