Dragon Age: Dreadwolf Dev Teases Its D&D Influences

BioWare has revealed Dragon Age: Dreadwolf's Dungeons & Dragons inspirations in a new blog post. Dreadwolf is the new Dragon Age game from BioWare and is currently on track for a 2023 release date. New information about the game is slowly being revealed, ahead of what will hopefully be an announcement of a concrete release date.

The Dragon Age series has taken a lot of inspiration from a lot of different sources, with locations and cultures based on places from the real world, like Orlais and France. Dragon Age is inspired by different fantasy series, most notably A Song of Ice and Fire, with its darker tone and more adult themes, yet still manages to reference everything from Superman's origin story to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The fact that the Dragon Age games are massive fantasy epics with lots of text means there are plenty of chances for the devs to slip in references.


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Dragon Age: Dreadwolf is on track for 2023 and a new post on the BioWare Blog has revealed how most of the writing in the game has been put together. This includes everything from the spoken dialogue, to the notes that the player finds scattered throughout the game world while continuing on their own adventures. In the same update posted by BioWare, Dreadwolf Senior Writer Sylvia Feketekuty has discussed how the series' latest entry was inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, and how she has tried to put what she loves about D&D into the game:

Sylvia Feketekuty: To me, BioWare has always carried the old-school D&D legacy in its veins. I try to inject some of what I love about tabletop roleplaying into my work: bizarre encounters, prideful villains, adventurers thrust together, arcs with big stakes that retain a sense of playfulness or adventure. It’s everything I’ve liked in the best fantasy tabletop games I’ve played in.

D&D Has Influenced Dragon Age Games Before Dreadwolf

The bloody silhouette of a dragon in Dragon Age: Origins promo art.

Dungeons & Dragons is a game that tells stories of high adventure, or at least it does on paper. D&D campaigns emulate The Lord of the Rings, but the stories usually don't play out that way. A D&D campaign is as often as much about comedy as it is about dramatic moments, which is a product of friends with similar interests hanging out and getting the chance to make references to each other. These elements, coupled with the random nature of a dice-based game, mean that D&D's most memorable moments are often the funniest and most unexpected ones.

The Dragon Age series has always had a lot of connections to D&D, as people who worked on the original game also worked on the Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights series. Dragon Age: Origins even featured a Boo from Baldur's Gate as a D&D reference, with the popular space hamster also getting a shout-out in Mass Effect. It's easy to imagine how Dragon Age: Dreadwolf will incorporate elements of Dungeons & Dragons games into its narrative, especially in an era where more people are familiar with the tropes of tabletop RPGs and are more likely to have experienced them firsthand.

Source: BioWare