Whilst describing an average work day, Helper says her team is at the "end of pre-production" and she's "outlining new stories" and creating dialogue for "larger plots". Surely it's DA3?
The senior scribe talks an awful lot about Dragon Age but has worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic so she could be referring to some new major content for the MMO.
However it's more likely that she's got herself hip deep in Dragon Age lore, outlining the narrative direction for the next instalment which is heavily teased to be set in, around or at least visiting a new territory. The original was set in Ferelden, the sequel was in the Free Marches and the third is believed to be set in Orlais.
"It depends a lot on what stage the project is in," replied Hepler, asked what an average day is like. "At the moment, we are at the end of pre-production and beginning of production, so I am bouncing between outlining new stories and starting to write dialogue for the larger plots that are already developed. But generally, I have about an 80-20 split between doing my own work and reviewing other writers’ work, either in formal meetings or an informal mentoring role."
"I have certain stories and characters that I am responsible for writing, so I need to keep on top of any other plots that use those characters and make sure they don’t conflict with any intentions for them."
"Also, all the writers sit in the same room because at any given time, someone is likely to be stuck or come up with something that we hadn’t considered in outlining (like “hey, what do people call the Champion before he becomes the Champion?”) and we’ll have an impromptu brainstorm," she added.
As you can see there is no specific mention of what project she was talking about but surely that last bit about the Champion of Kirkwall is a Freudian slip, telling us it's Dragon Age 3?
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