Various gamers are reporting that they participated in a survey related to Dragon Age 3. The survey hinted at possible features for the game and also included potential artwork for the characters.
According to this NeoGAF post, the continent of Thedas is in chaos. Orlais is in the midst of a civil war and the Mage circles are in rebellion. The Chantry, meanwhile, is devastated by a magical blast that takes out most of the leadership.
Players will take on the role of an Inquisitor and combat the mysterious conspiracy behind all of these events. You make a character based on one of three classes (warrior, rogue, mage) and assemble a team of companions to fight these dark forces. You'll also create an army, send out spies, and engage in political intrigue. Sounds a bit like the castle management from Neverwinter Nights 2.
The survey also gauged participants' reactions to a few possible features. Online co-op modes, player-controlled day cycle, and a five-character party were all mentioned. The mention of co-op isn't a shock, considering the rumors of Dragon Age arena-based multiplayer. Also, BioWare recently introduced co-op to their other major single-player RPG series, Mass Effect.
The first indication of a third Dragon Age came in March. Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah revealed that they had cancelled a planned expansion for DA2 and moved on to the "next phase" of the series. No details were revealed beyond that.
Update: We have been asked to take down the character images and list of possible subtitles for Dragon Age 3. While it's annoying to pull content, the upside is that this takedown notice seems to confirm the legitimacy of the rumored survey and the existence of this game.