Dragon Age Comes to Facebook

Dragon Age Comes to Facebook

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BioWare is busting into Facebook with Dragon Age Legends, a new casual, social game that will offer exclusive unlockable items for use in Dragon Age 2.

What to do until Dragon Age 2? Maybe Facebook will be able to help you through the dry spell with Dragon Age Legends, a new game based on BioWare's hit RPG series that combines "engaging tactical combat" with the social gaming environment of Facebook. The game takes places in the Free March city of Kaiten, where the son of Viscount Ravi is beset by "mysterious circumstances." As one of the Viscount's most trusted allies, players will tackle demons and Darkspawn side-by-side with their Facebook friends as they embark upon story-based quests to earn riches, grow their kingdoms and unlock unique, exclusive items that can be used in the upcoming Dragon Age 2.

"Our goal is to change the perception of social network games and attract new players to the Facebook platform by raising the quality bar," said Mark Spenner, general manager of EA 2D, the studio making the game. "Dragon Age Legends will deliver a deep, sophisticated experience, and we will continue to delight gamers by adding new features and content far into the future."

It sounds good, but are Facebook gamers really after a "deep, sophisticated experience?" For that matter, are Dragon Age fans going to take a Facebook version of the game seriously? Legends will no doubt have value as a promotional tool - exclusive unlockables will have that effect - but it may be a tougher sell as a legitimate, stand-alone game.

Dragon Age Legends is scheduled to launch in February 2011 but beta signups are being taken now at dragonagelegends.com. Dragon Age 2 comes out on March 8, 2011, for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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okay, you got me. I am confused. That screenshot just looks silly, and I just do not know who this is supposed to appeal to. The usual "farmville" player doesn't know/care what Dragon Age is, and Dragon Age fans most likely aren't big fans of Facebook games.

But I guess if your a fan of facebook games and Dragon Age, this must look pretty cool to you. I guess.

Eh, it'll end up just like "DA: Journeys". Forgotten, unfinished (as there was supposed to be more you had to pay for), and ultimately something anyone could beat in a couple hours, first try, on hard mode.

The advantage Journeys had was it was on Biowares site, this one is on Facebook... instant failure.

In wake of the incoming tide of hate. I don't hate this. I'll probably play it, get the unlockables and never touch it again.

Hooray for exploiting marketing campaigns!

Um...right. I love BioWare but hate Facebook. Ergo, it looks like I'll be missing out on some of those items. Still, no big deal for me, it sounds like those pre-purchasing items a player would get at GameStop. They are ancillary items that can be left behind for the game.

Ya, I can't see this working for the reasons mentioned above. I'll probably play it just for the unlockables though.

Is facebook just a testing ground for games now? It wont be long before farmville comes out on multiple platforms....*shudder*

If I need a Facebook account, I'll hate this.

It just seems so backwards, I mean with the way Dragon Age: Journeys worked it was easy to assign your EA Master Account to get the rewards, this seems complicated and clunky by comparison should you need the Facebook account. Not to mention with the leaks, I have to wonder how many people are actually willing to submit their account name and password to verify. Even if it didn't effect that, you have to figure the paranoia of some people will discourage it.

Not to mention didn't they up the price on Dragon Age 2 by ten dollars? Effectively killing whatever savings there were with the Signature Edition? I'd ask "Why do they keep stepping backwards?" but I don't know if this will blow up in their face yet. The pricing hasn't, but the Facebook thing has a lot of potential to do so.

I guess I'll wait and see, but I'm - obviously - pessimistic about it.

I enjoyed Dragon Age: Journeys, although I really would have appreciated it if they had finished it. I really hope it isn't a game that you need Facebook to play. If that's the case I'll just have to go without the unlocks.

If it's on Facebook, I won't touch it, if they'd hosted it on their own site, or through the BioWare social page, then maybe, but not on Facebook, hell no.

Good for a laugh, this is. "deep, sophisticated experience" + FB game = lol.

Regardless, I'm not about to use FB just to unlock some throwaway goodies.

Andy Chalk:
"engaging tactical combat"

Between that and the screenshot, it is actually making me wonder if the combat on there will be more entertaining than it was in Dragon Age Origins.

I loathe facebook games but now il have to play it if it means extra stuff

As much as I love Bioware, there is no chance in hell I will ever touch this.

Apps and games on Facebook are so boring and the quality is so low that it's hardly worth the time. I can't even think of one game that has even caught my eye, except maybe Civilization Network (hope they don't bomb that one too).

I can understand why they do it. The formula is simple. Little Effort = Maximum exposure. No wonder Zynga do so well.

must play this....

i hate facebook sometimes

Grey_Focks:
okay, you got me. I am confused. That screenshot just looks silly, and I just do not know who this is supposed to appeal to. The usual "farmville" player doesn't know/care what Dragon Age is, and Dragon Age fans most likely aren't big fans of Facebook games.

But I guess if your a fan of facebook games and Dragon Age, this must look pretty cool to you. I guess.

i hate fb games and only use them to kill time.....there is a ninja game and ur char levels up and it plays like an old final fantasy combat so thats it...but yeah...unlockable items?...im in

Wow, this game looks really simplistic and unappealing to those who buy your games Bioware. Remember the portable Mass Effect? No? GOOD!

You know, it's obvious that EA is trying to kick the marketing up a notch now that it can make money off Bioware, but is Dragon Age really the kind of game that's mass marketable?

Wait...Legends...Wasn't there another popular series that had Legends added to the end to enact a new kind of...Oh god! Abort! Abort!

Joking aside, we'll probably end up combining all our hardcore games, facebook, and all other electronic goodies to our phones sometime in the near future anyways. Taking extra effort to actually combine them in a mature and interesting fashion is something I can't complain about.

Yeah, I'll try it. It is still designed by BioWare so it MIGHT be good. I have serious doubts that it will be though. Who knows, maybe it will hold me over until I get the Ultimate Edition for the PC (only ever played console, but my PC can run it now).

Its good to see more serious games coming to Facebook, this is one I'll definetly check out. While I'm not hoping for a masterpeice, if its anything like the free browser game Dragonn Age: Journeys, then it will be good for a free game.

Please... no more games to spam up my facebook. I don't need to hear about so-and-so playing a knocked-down, dried out version of what was once a decent game. Some people actually use the site for networking... No way am I touching that. A waste of time, most definitely.

"Our goal is to change the perception of social network games and attract new players to the Facebook platform by raising the quality bar," said Mark Spenner, general manager of EA 2D, the studio making the game.

I am grateful to know that a great developer sees the value of social gaming, and has taken the steps to bring it to a level in which it might be able to change the perceptions surrounding social games in general. I tip my hat to you EA.

Oh, Bioware. I love you, but then you do things like this.

I might just have to make an exception to my rule of not playing games on Facebook.

Might.

Hah, I love it, A game the purports itself to be a throwback to the hardcore RPGs of yesteryear is now getting a bloody social game spin-off. It's like if it was discovered that Richard Garriott is secretly the president of Zynga.

It's like a virus, this Facebook thing.

Resist! Resist!

I hated this the moment I saw the article's title. I can enjoy a good flash game every now and then, but since this one is attached to Facebook, I'll stay miles away from it. I just don't love BioWare enough to tolerate Facebook.

I was hoping at least Bioware to resist this Facebook casual game temptation.
You dissapointed me !! (I will still play your normal games >.> )

Waif:
"Our goal is to change the perception of social network games and attract new players to the Facebook platform by raising the quality bar," said Mark Spenner, general manager of EA 2D, the studio making the game.

I am grateful to know that a great developer sees the value of social gaming, and has taken the steps to bring it to a level in which it might be able to change the perceptions surrounding social games in general. I tip my hat to you EA.

Eloquently said, and exactly what I was thinking.

They are making an effort to further a burgeoning sub-genre.
At least respect them for that.

 

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