Dragon Age series - the next game will be going "in a different direction" and will have Bethesda's open-world roleplaying game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as a major influence.
“(The next Dragon Age) is gonna have the best of features from the prior Dragon Age games, but it’s also gonna have a lot of things I think players are gonna find compelling from some of the games that are out now that are doing really well with more of an open world feel. We’re checking (Skyrim) out aggressively. We like it. We’re big admirers of (Bethesda) and the product." said Muzyka in an interview with .
Analysis: The original Dragon Age had some flexibility to its campaign, allowing players to choose which missions to start first much like Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic. The second game limited some of that freedom, however, making the game completely open world will increase the flexibility and complexity of the game world, but the story could suffer.
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