The original Dragon Age is a cross-platform title, but the console versions still harkened back to PC role-playing games of old with the sheer volume of content and the attention to detail. The number of potential origin stories for your character, the pause-and-play tactical combat, and the depth of story could support hundreds of hours of play in the base game alone.
Dragon Age also became a clarion call for increased diversity in video game protagonists. You would have been hard-pressed to think of a mainstream video game that allowed for such fluid depiction of sexuality as what Dragon Age offered when it was released in 2009.
It was a landmark release that pushed BioWare to the forefront of the diversity movement in game development. Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider is currently one of the most vocal proponents of diversity of representation in gaming today.
This giveaway is clearly a promotion for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. BioWare has embraced the graphics-crushing Frostbite 3 engine, which powers the Battlefield franchise, for Dragon Age: Inquisition. And so it stands to reason that BioWare is going to push the envelope for visuals on the PC version of Inquisition as far as they can.
EA therefore likely wants you playing any Dragon Age game on your PC as soon as possible. Sure, the company setting you up for a purchase in a little over a month. But it’s still giving you one of the best RPGs developed in the last five years—for free. If you haven’t played Dragon Age before, take the bait.
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