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More Info On Dragon Age II

Here’s some info about the main character, Hawke, and a couple of pre-alpha screenshots. Remember, pre-alpha means that it is likely to get WAAAAAY better before the game comes out next year. Keep that in mind before you judge the graphics.

1. Hawke will be a voiced character.
Unlike Dragon Age: Origins, the player’s character in Dragon Age II will be fully voiced. This opens the door for a more cinematic approach to dialogue and creates an identity for the character outside of the text you see on-screen. It also eliminates those awkward scenarios where you feel like your character should be reacting, but instead just stares blankly without so much as a grunt.

2. Hawke is human.
Yes, that means that you won’t be able to select Hawke’s race. However, just because that one aspect of Hawke’s backstory is set doesn’t mean BioWare is eliminating character creation. You can still choose your class and customize your appearance. When we visited BioWare’s studio, we only saw (and heard) the male Hawke in action, but the team promises that players can select either gender for the character.

3. Hawke didn’t just survive the blight…he escaped it.
As the Grey Warden from Dragon Age: Origins was fighting darkspawn, Hawke was living in Lothering. Fans will remember that the small village was raided and destroyed (an event that occurred off-screen in Origins), and Hawke was one of the survivors. However, rather than stay and fight the darkspawn menace, Hawke flees Ferelden and heads north.

4. Hawke is the Champion of Kirkwall.
Kirkwall is a major population center in the Free Marches, a collection of city-states north of Ferelden. This means that at least some of the action in Dragon Age II will be set in Kirkwall itself, though Hawke will also spend time in other areas of the Free Marches. What exactly Hawke does to earn the honorary title of Champion, however, is up to you.

5. Hawke drives the story.
Dragon Age II is not about killing an ancient evil or about quelling another blight; Hawke is the driving force behind the narrative. Over the course of the game’s 10-year timeline, players’ actions and choices will determine Hawke’s history, relationships, and regrets…all in service to answering the larger question: Who is the Champion of Kirkwall?

As promised, we’ll give you all the Dragon Age II info we can, as it becomes available to us. Keep checking back for more!

Content above originally posted on Game Informer.


  1. I wonder if he's any relation to Stringfellow Hawke!?. Better get my ass in gear and get into Origins asap!

  2. Although the news that your character WILL talk is great, 2 things are now worrying me. 1, Does this mean they are removing the origins component of the game? I certainly hope not as i found that made the game kinda unque, and added replayability. Also as you're playing as a different chaacter i feel as though all the effort i put into the first game, like character devolpment (and having sexy times with morrigan) was wasted. Also, no matter how awesome they make the new party members, i will never like them as much as the originals. Nonetheless i'll still buy it ^^

  3. I don't like the new look of the darkspawn. They look like something out of a Marvel comic. And that Ogre is less frightening and more "derp" to me.

    I can't decide if I'm excited about this or not. On one hand I think it might be an awesome game. On the other, I'm concerned with the direction Bioware is taking its rpgs – that is to say – completely out of rpg status. We'll see. I'm still gonna play it. I mean who am I kidding?

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