Next generation sword and sorcery title Dragon Age: Inquisition apparently has enough content to keep gamers doing their thing on the game for up to 200 hours, according to developer Bioware.
The main campaign is just a mere 40 hours of gameplay if done at full speed without stopping for any side quests or distractions, but Bioware is confident that every last scrap of optional content will bring the game’s playtime to that 200 hour mark.
“We want to give our players a real world to explore–we want to give them a BioWare story,” BioWare’s Producer Cameron Lee told gamer media site Polygon. “A really vast, epic BioWare story. That’s what we do, and it normally takes 20 to 40 hours anyway to tell the story we want to tell.”
The depth of Bioware’s storytelling is undisputed, with the Mass Effect trilogy representing a similar idea – an amazingly detailed world filled with unique characters and unique interactions with characters, nearly all offering some kind of quest for a reward or other incentive.
The interactions themselves seamlessly fit with the environment the characters are in, as well as mesh in with the feel and overall story of the universe Bioware has created. Of course, all of this content is optional.
Speaking of the 40 hour main questline, Cameron Lee elaborated on the freedom players have to either participate in or ignore additional activities, which means every playthrough of the game could be a unique experience. This make the game last longer for die hard fans.
“People could burn through [Dragon Age: Inquisition] and just do the main path, but we wanted to have a world that’s fully immersive and well-defined for you to explore, discover, and get involved in,”
Additionally, players are to be held accountable for their actions and the consequences of their actions – i.e. how they affect the world of Dragon Age: Inquisition and the way the story progresses.
“We want you to see you decision have an impact and take shape in the world. “We’re just making more. More and more and more. And it’s all entirely up to the player. It’s your world, your game.”
The game also marks the first time in the Dragon Age trilogy that multiplayer will be available for players. It remains to be seen whether offline interactions and completed quests will contribute to the online experience.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is set for a November 18th release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and PC. Inquisition’s release competes with the simultaneous releases of Far Cry 4 and the re-release of GTA: V on the same day.
November the 18th will represent a nice piece of market insight with regards to which of the three come out on top, as well as general sales of both content and consoles on the day. We’ll have a rundown of sales for that day as soon as we can get hold of the relevant figures.