BioWare announced on its blog the Dragon Age Keep which will allow Dragon Age players to “customize a historical world state” to their specification and import it into the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Players will be able to customize as much or as little of the saved world state at the beginning of Dragon Age: Inquisition. The developers were working on a solution on how to address the issue of importing save game files, complicated by the facts of a brand new game engine and the new consoles. They still wanted their fans to have their decisions carry forward, regardless of which platform they played on.
Executive producer of Dragon Age, Mark Darrah:
We realized that in order to make this work, we’d have to look into a cloud-based solution. Moving to the cloud allows players to take their unique world state into any platform (present or future) and even other media. For existing fans, an advantage of being in the cloud is that (if you are ok with spoilers) you can fully explore what-if scenarios, and become aware of events and consequences in our past games that you may not have known were possible.
You can then fire up the previous games and go exploring for those moments. Even if you don’t go back and re-play the previous games, you can still establish that scenario as part of your world state, and import it at the start of a new DAI game to see the consequences of your actions.
Darrah says the team is still figuring out how players will be able to import saved games and how they can be used to “populate the initial world sate of the Dragon Age Keep.” Players can now visit the Dragon Age Keep and register for its Beta which is set to start early next year. It will be available to everyone before Dragon Age: Inquisition is released to give them time to tinker around
Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out in the Fall of 2014 on PS3, PS4 and other gaming platforms.