Bioware’s upcoming RPG Dragon Age: Inquisition is being marketed as “the future of role-playing games.” Poised to hit previous and current gen consoles, this new iteration will be running on EA’s own Frostbite 3 engine–the same backend powering Battlefield 4. Due to various logistic complications, the idea of releasing consumer mod tools for Frostbite based games has been shot down ever since Battlefield 3. For PC gamers mods are synonymous with the platform, famously spawning entirely new franchises (counter-strike, anyone?).
RPG’s in particular have massive, thriving mod communities that keep games such as Baldur’s Gate 2 and Neverwinter Nights fresh and updated to this day. Does the future of RPGs that Bioware envisions exclude such a major gaming subculture? The SaWS joins Tasty Whale in discussing the possible repercussions when competing games like The Witcher 3 have already promised mod tools at launch or soon after.
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