|Genres||Role-playing video game|
|Creators||David Gaider and BioWare|
|First release||Dragon Age: Origins
November 3, 2009
|Latest release||Dragon Age II
March 8, 2011
Dragon Age is a high fantasy role-playing video game series created by BioWare. The first game, Dragon Age: Origins, was released in 2009. Dragon Age II, a sequel to Origins, was released in March 2011. Dragon Age: Inquisition is set to be released Fall 2014. The series' fantasy setting has also been used by a variety of other media, including books and tabletop games, and the two main games have been joined by a variety of downloadable content (DLC) add-ons.
- 1 Video games
- 2 Characters
- 3 Other media
- 4 References
- 5 External links
|2009||Dragon Age: Origins||Main game|
|Dragon Age: Origins – The Stone Prisoner||DLC|
|Dragon Age: Origins – Warden's Keep||DLC|
|2010||Dragon Age: Origins – Return to Ostagar||DLC|
|Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening||Expansion pack|
|Dragon Age: Origins – Feastday gifts and pranks||DLC|
|Dragon Age: Origins – Darkspawn Chronicles||DLC|
|Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana's Song||DLC|
|Dragon Age: Origins – The Golems of Amgarrak||DLC|
|Dragon Age: Origins – Witch Hunt||DLC|
|Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition||Compilation|
|2011||Dragon Age II||Main game|
|Dragon Age II: The Exiled Prince||DLC|
|Dragon Age II: The Black Emporium||DLC|
|Dragon Age II: Legacy||DLC|
|Dragon Age II: Mark of the Assassin||DLC|
|2014||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Main game|
Dragon Age Legends
Dragon Age Legends is a strategy RPG developed by EA for the Facebook Platform. Dragon Age Legends gives players their experience of the Free Marches, the setting of Dragon Age II. Dragon Age Legends gameplay will unlock items within Dragon Age II. The game features character customization and an upgrade system that isn't similar to the real game.
Dragon Age Journeys
A three-episode Flash game spin-off by EA 2D is under development, entitled Dragon Age Journeys. The first chapter of the game, The Deep Roads was released for free. Players can unlock achievements in the game, which will unlock unique items in Dragon Age: Origins. The second and third chapters are purchase-only.
Heroes of Dragon Age
In August 2013 EA announced an upcoming game for mobile devices, Heroes of Dragon Age. The game will be free to play, and is battle-based, featuring digital 3D figurines of characters from the Dragon Age universe. Rather than introducing new lore, the game will be based on "what if?" scenarios drawn from plotlines in the existing games. The game is expected to be available for iOS and Android.
On October 8, 2013, EA soft-launched Heroes of Dragon Age on Google Play in Canada.
The Dragon Age setting is also used in several other media.
There are currently three novels set in the Dragon Age universe. The first, Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, was released March 3, 2009. The second Dragon Age novel is titled Dragon Age: The Calling and was released on October 13, 2009. A third novel, Dragon Age: Asunder, was released December 20, 2011, by David Gaider through Tor Publishers. A fourth novel, Dragon Age: The Masked Empire was announced and slated for release in April 2014. It will be written by Patrick Weekes.
Tabletop role-playing game
A tabletop role-playing game, titled Dragon Age, was released on January 25, 2010 by Green Ronin. Green Ronin has stated that the game uses "an all-new game system" using three six-sided dice. The game's initial release is a boxed set including a Player's Guide, Game Master's Guide, map of Ferelden and three dice. An electronic (PDF) version of the game is also available, offered for free to those pre-ordering the box set.
An anime film adaption was announced on June 7, 2010. It was co-produced by BioWare, EA and anime company Funimation Entertainment. It was released in Japanese theaters on February 11, 2012. The film is called Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker with Funimation Entertainment releasing a teaser trailer on their website.
Dragon Age: Origins, a webcomic by the artist of Penny Arcade, was made available in 2010, and it tells a story about a group of Templars sent on a search & destroy mission for Flemeth, The Witch of the Wilds. The timeline is set before the game Dragon Age: Origins, as Morrigan has not yet been recruited by The Warden.
Another webcomic, Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, was also released in 2010 by Penny Arcade. This short story tells how Nathaniel Howe broke into Vigils Keep prior to his arrest in Awakening right before meeting The Warden.
Dragon Age: The Revelation, written by David Gaider, was published in 2010 on BioWare's website, and features art from Aimo. The story is based on a script from the video game Dragon Age: Origins that did not make the final release. It details a meeting between Morrigan and Alistair after the Grey Wardens learn from Riordan that in order to kill an Archdemon the warden who slays the beast must die. Morrigan seeks out Alistair to ask his advice on the lengths one would go to help a friend in need. The story ends with Morrigan on her way to The Warden's bedroom to offer The Dark Ritual.
IDW Publishing released a 6-issue Dragon Age comic.
Two graphic novels have also been released. Dragon Age, a 133 page story written by Orson Scott Card with the help of Aaron Johnson, tells the story of a mage becoming romantically involved with a templar. The story is set before the events of the video games and takes place in and around the Tower of Magi.
The second graphic novel, The Silent Grove, follows Alistair, Varric and Isabela as they uncover the truth behind Alistair's past. It is written by David Gaider.
Representation of the Middle Ages
Like most fantasy role-playing games, Dragon Age selectively appropriates medieval backdrops and themes. "It draws inspiration from multiple temporal and geographic locations in medieval Europe, and is overtly presentist as it engages with contemporary social issues including gender, sexual orientation, and race."
A series of four action figures was released by DC Direct. Series one includes action figures of Morrigan, Duncan, Loghain and a Genlock. Each highly detailed figure features game-accurate accessories and can be found in game and hobby shops and various online retailers.
It was announced on February 15, 2011, that actress Felicia Day, in partnership with BioWare, would be releasing a six-part web series called Dragon Age: Redemption sometime in the summer of 2011. The series is written by Day, who also serves as a co-producer. Filming took place over a dozen days in January 2011 in the L.A. area, with associate producer Peter Winther (Independence Day) as director and John Bartley (Lost) as cinematographer. It was teased as #mysteryproject on Day's Twitter feed for several weeks before the announcement.
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- "Macmillan: Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne: David Gaider: Books". Us.macmillan.com. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
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- "The Calling (Dragon Age) (9780765324092): David Gaider: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
- "The Calling (Dragon Age)". isbndb.com. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Tor Books Announces New Dragon Age™ novel with BioWare Senior Writer Patrick Weekes". Retrieved March 29, 2013.
- "Dragon Age RPG: Dark Fantasy Roleplaying". Greenronin.com. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
- "Funimation Entertainment Sign Anime Movie Deal For Award Winning Dragon Age Franchise". Anime News Network. 2010-06-07.
- Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker teaser trailer
- Helen Young, “It’s the Middle Ages, Yo!”: Race, Neo/medievalisms, and the World of Dragon Age, The Year's Work in Medievalism 27 (2012).
- "GT TV Episode - September 16, 2011". Gametrailers.com. Retrieved 17 September 2011.