Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins News for Xbox 360

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The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of upcoming PC RPG Dragon Age: Origins will be released after the PC version, BioWare has confirmed to VideoGamer.com.

Speaking in an interview to be published at a later date, lead designer Brent Knowles confirmed that the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate will come out on the Xbox 360 and the PS3 after the PC version, slated for an early 2009 release, but he couldn't confirm exactly how long after.

Earlier today it was revealed that the November issue of US mag Game Informer will include an "exclusive first look at the console editions" of Dragon Age Origins. When we asked Knowles about this this afternoon, he said: "Yes it will show up on the consoles after the PC release at some point."

Pushed on when the game will come out on consoles, Knowles added: "I can't speak to the time frame."

He did, however, explain why the developer was making a console version of the previously announced PC exclusive RPG, pointing towards the success of Mass Effect on Xbox 360 as justification of the move.

"We're smart," he told VideoGamer.com. "We think about these things a lot and we know that the console market is an important market as well. And it just makes sense. There's not a lot of RPGs like this available for console players. There's a lot of people that the console is their primary gaming platform, they aren't playing on PC. The reaction to Mass Effect for example, was huge, it was phenomenal. We know there's an audience out there for this Western style RPG and we want to make sure we deliver to them a good, strong fantasy RPG. They're going to have a lot of fun with it. We've kept consoles in mind throughout the development cycle so I think we're going to have a really strong offering to the console players."

So there you have it console fans, Dragon Age Origins is heading your way, but you're going to have to wait till after it's out on PC, about which Knowles couldn't offer us anything firmer than "early 2009". But you can always check out our preview of the game right here.

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Consoles are not equla to Pc in graphics and many other areas like customization, more control options, mods, betetr online, etc.. Where u been? A 500 Pc now can match Console graphics now, come on, a 8800GT is 80 bucks. U get what you pay for, and a PC does ten times more so cost is relative.
Posted 19:53 on 16 October 2008
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FantasyMeister@ Butter

In my case my PC is 7 years old, struggles with Windows Minesweeper and I prefer gaming with my feet up.

Whilst I've had some great PC gaming experiences (Planetarion, Diablo II, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, FFXI, WoW, EQ2, Planescape, Lineage II, etc)., I've been a console gamer for about 25 years too (if we're counting ZX81s) and have had some equally immersive experiences there, so I'm just happy that Bioware are giving me the opportunity to play their game on my preferred format.

Bioware have never released a duff game on any format, which is rare, so I've no doubt Dragon Age will be something to look forward to even if EA force them to do a DS version.
Posted 19:45 on 16 October 2008
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@ Butter

Simple reasons: Some people cannot afford to fork out money to buy specs for PC which can run the new and latest PC games, hence why there is more people who own a entertainment console as its cheaper. With graphics and everything else the consoles is basically there matching the PC, in your case then why bother buying it for the PC when you will have to spend more on new components for your PC. While your console doesn't have to be upgraded at all, and simply just put the disc into your disc tray and away you are.

Common sense really....

Big fan of Bioware and Dragon Age looks brillant, most probably get this for the 360 as of the achievement wise. But there is the PS3 with the trophies and the online so I shall have to think about that one very hard indeed.
Posted 19:42 on 16 October 2008
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Who cares? why play this game on a console when clearly the betetr version will be on PC? Why settle for less? A game with party mechanics, and a tool set ona console? Damn i am glad i have a good PC, console version = handicap version.
Posted 19:27 on 16 October 2008
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That's fantastic news, I was secretly hoping Bioware would give the consoles a chance when I first saw this at E3 2008, thank you Bioware! They've got the chance to go crazy with Web 2.0 gaming trends and throw in dungeon editors, player designed quests/items shareable over PSN/XBox Live and 4-player online co-op but I'd be equally happy with a basic port.
Posted 18:34 on 16 October 2008

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Release Date: 06/11/2009
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
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