Dragon Age: Inquisition Screenshots Enter Emerald Graves, Empire du Lion

By Pete Haas 2014-05-12 12:40:03 discussion comments
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BioWare has released several new screenshots from Dragon Age: Inquisition. The screenshots take us to two new regions featured in the upcoming RPG.

The first region on display is called the Emerald Graves. This forest was once inhabited by the elves. The elves planted a tree here for every person who fell in their war against the Orlesian Empire. The Orlesians soon drove them from the forest and created lush estates. Some elven ruins still remain throughout the area, though.

The Emerald Graves are inhabited by violent wildlife like wolves, bears and halla. The large caves in the north are home to some enormous enemies that could wipe out an unsuspecting party.

"You may not be a high enough level to take down everything you'll encounter at first, but you can sneak around and continue your exploration," senior environment artist Andrew Farrell said on the Dragon Age: Inquisition website. "When you are strong enough, however, this is exactly the kind of place you'll want to come back and do battle in search of better loot. You never know, there could even be a dragon nearby."

The other location BioWare previewed today was Emprise du Lion, a snowy mountain region. Like the Emerald Graves, Emprise du Lion was once inhabited by the elves. They built a massive stronghold in the area along with several other structures.

Here players will encounter the Red Templars, a splinter faction of the Templars. The Red Templars have rebelled against the Inquisition, the group led by the player. Defeating these rebels won't be easy but it brings great rewards.

"For anyone that has read Patrick Weekes's book Dragon Age: The Masked Empire, they will really enjoy the connection to this area," said game world producer Liz Lehtonen. "This is one of the key locations where you can strengthen the Inquisition, and there is a massive keep! Not only is it one of the most challenging structures to reach, but it's also the most difficult to take."

Lehtonen says that players will also find coliseums surrounded by hot springs in the region. She adds that dragons are quite fond of these springs.

Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch worldwide on October 7th. The game will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
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