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Dragon Age: The Veilguard

Canadian video game developer BioWare has a name in the role-playing video games scene. Founded by freshly graduated medical doctors in 1995, it’s hard to imagine how far they’ve come in creating games that are masterpieces. From the original intellectual property games like the Mass Effect franchise, Jade Empire, and the delayed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

However, it’s the Dragon Age series that brings them to the Apex of video game creation. Dating back to the mainline game in 2009, Dragon Age maintains a unique style that keeps fans yearning for the next installation. After Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare announced The Veilguard, and the next installment is coming soon. Here is everything we know about Dragon Age: The Veilguard.

What is Dragon Age: The Veilguard?

War at the bar

Dragon Age fans are in for a fresh experience with the series after the developer announced an upcoming sequel, The Veilguard. Joining the video game arena as Dragon Age: The Veilguard, the much-anticipated title is the fourth installment in the long-standing Dragon Age series. The game comes ten years after its prequel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, launched on November 18, 2014. Like the installments before it, The Veilguard also reimagines its gameplay, maintaining BioWare’s trend of an evolutionary combat system. Players will dive into the action with fewer party members. However, this time, party members can romance any companion they wish. 

Story

Dragon Age: The Veilguard

Solas’s role comes up after his conversation with Flemeth, the shapeshifter Witch of the Wilds and mother of vengeance. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Solas is a member of the Inquisition and an expert on the Fade. His knowledge and expertise are instrumental to the party's quest to close the Breach. However, Solas is indirectly responsible for the Inquisition's misfortunes. He greenlit the artifact’s coming to Corypheu’s possession to unlock it for him. 

In Dragon Age: The Veilguard, the events start about 10 years after Dragon Age: Inquisition. It starts in 9:52 Dragon, and Solas already begun to rip the veil with his ritual. However, as expected earlier, Solas is not one of the antagonists in the new game. The game continues the story in Dragon Age: Inquisition, with new antagonists Elgar’nan and Ghilan’nain. Rook is the new Inquisitor, the main protagonist, and the playable character.

Thedas still needs a leader, so you play the courageous hero who forges a way against the gathering storm. The party is out to stop Solas and his fellows from completing the ritual that would tear down the veil. 

Gameplay

Battlefield with swords

BioWare continues to experiment with the Dragon Age series’ gameplay. With Dragon Age: The Veilguard, the video game creator has finally moved from a real-time strategy franchise to an action RPG. However, the game still keeps the original franchise’s fans in mind, particularly with the pause-and-play combat wheel. The combat wheel mechanic has been there in other installations, allowing players to pause a combo and perhaps rush to safety. They can then resume the combo afterward. But in Veilguard, you do not have the floating camera view. 

The healing system, which is revamped a bit in Dragon Age: The Veilguard, also appears differently. Not forgetting, the party size is now three players, unlike four in previous titles. There are still seven companions, but unlike before, you can now romance any of them. In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the companions have a playersexual relationship. Such romances usually have the non-player characters only attracted to the player character. Dragon Age: The Veilguard unveils a pansexual relationship where all players can romance any character they want. 

Each companion has five abilities, so you choose which three abilities each party member brings to execute your style. And each time you improve a companion’s relationship level you add a skill point to that member. Players can also customize their playable character in different categories, including body size. You can have your character as a human, dwarf, qunari, or elf. You will also pick a fighting class for your character from a mage, warrior, or rogue and their backstory with any of the six factions. 

Development

Dragon Age: The Veilguard, goes down in history as the longest-in-development title in the Dragon Age series. At least for now, before we know if BioWare plans to have a fifth installation in the franchise and when it’s likely to come. The game’s development started back in 2015 as a small narrative-focused game. However, with BioWare working on other titles simultaneously, The Veilguard’s progress was interrupted. At some point in June 2022, the team even announced the game with the title Dragon Age: Dreadwolf.

In Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, Solas appears as the main villain, and its story makes it a direct sequel to Dragon Age: Inquisition. BioWare also released a teaser trailer in December 2023, arousing fans’ anticipation with new locations like Rivain and Antiva. After a series of postponements and an incredibly high Veilguard development staff turnover, the team settled on a real-time action video game. In June 2024, the action RPG was retitled Dragon Age: The Veilguard

Trailer

Dragon Age: The Veilguard | Official Reveal Trailer

Fans eager to catch Dragon Age: The Veilguard’s action can quench their thirst with the official gameplay reveal video. BioWare has already released a 20:23-minute gameplay reveal video and a 2:08-minute trailer. From the trailer, the game’s storyline comes up with the explainer noting it’s time for a new hero. You get a glimpse into all the 7 companions, and the original game’s fans are happy to see Lace Harding and Varric. 

Release Date & Platforms

Release information

Although Dragon Age: The Veilguard’s developers and publisher have yet to issue an exact release date, fans can expect the game to drop in the Fall of 2024. The title is slated for release via Steam for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Epic Games Store.

So, what’s your take on BioWare’s upcoming release Dragon Age: The Veilguard? Do you think its battle system will take the gameplay to a new level? Let us know your thoughts here on our socials or down in the comments. 

Cynthia Wambui is a gamer who has a knack for writing video gaming content. Blending words to express one of my biggest interests keeps me in the loop on trendy gaming topics. Aside from gaming and writing, Cynthia is a tech nerd and coding enthusiast.