EA Announces First Dragon Age 2 DLC

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EA Announces First Dragon Age 2 DLC

Electronic Arts has unveiled The Exiled Prince, the first DLC for Dragon Age 2 that will be available free to anyone who preorders the game before January 11.

In The Exiled Prince, players will meet Sebastian Vael, a "noble archer" who joined the priesthood as a boy but returns to the business of killing everything he sees after his family is brutally murdered by forces unknown. Players can assist Vael in his quest for revenge and also turn his talents with the bow to their own purposes by enlisting him in their party.

"Our goal for the Dragon Age 2 DLC is to extend Hawke's journey and the Dragon Age universe by introducing additional characters with meaningful storylines and intense, dynamic missions," said Executive Producer Mark Darrah.

So here's the deal. Anyone who preorders Dragon Age 2 before January 11 will automatically be upgraded to the "Signature Edition" of the game, which will include The Exiled Prince as a free download. If you don't preorder in time, you can still get the DLC but it'll cost you 560 Microsoft Points.

Sound familiar? The Exiled Prince is very much like The Stone Prisoner add-on that introduced the character of Shale to Dragon Age: Origins. There is one big difference, however; The Stone Prisoner was included with all new copies of Dragon Age: Origins as a way to recover revenues lost to the preowned market and only those who bought used copies had to spring extra for it. The Exiled Prince, on the other hand, is all about marketing. No preorder, no Prince.

I'm on record as a fan of "Project Ten Dollar" extras that promote new game sales over used and I generally like preorder bonuses too, but there's a fine line between rewarding your supporters and punishing everyone else and I think this may cross it. A fully-developed party member with his own unique quest line is a little beyond the throwaway goodies usually offered as preorder incentives, and what's the deal with putting a time limit on the preorder window? I wouldn't be at all surprised to see EA eventually back down and give the DLC to everyone who preorders, but why put that restriction on it at all? I think EA may be seriously overplaying its hand here.

One more thing, and this news is good: The Escapist is giving away two copies of the Dragon Age 2 Signature Edition but like The Exiled Prince itself, the window of opportunity is closing fast. You've got just 24 hours to put your name in the hat for a chance to win a free copy of the game that includes The Exiled Prince DLC along with a digital soundtrack and a variety of exclusive weapons. Check out The Escapist's Dragon Age 2 Signature Edition Giveaway for details!

Dragon Age 2 comes out on March 8 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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He is not Shale or a HK-47 equivalent. I am not interested.

I think it does seem a bit much that it only goes to those who have the Signature edition...

I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago though so I will get all this, but I think it should be for every new copy of the game.

EA, please don't screw up all the bridge-building you've built with gamers over the last couple of years by doing stupid things with DLC.

We can only focus on one target at a time!

More to the point, nice to see a pre-order bonus that doesn't suck for once - but a BIT too far in the other direction, as the OP states.

If you're announcing DLC before the game's out, EA, you're just fucking us out of release content.

I get the feeling there's a good PA comic in this, I just can't think of anything at the moment. Anyway, this is EA so I'm not too surprised. Now we just wait for Activision to one up them.

Wow.. it really is getting to the point that companies are releasing news on what they plan to leave out of the game you so can pay extra for it.

Meh, ah well, it's only Bioware, they don't make games I like anymore.

RobCoxxy:
If you're announcing DLC before the game's out, EA, you're just fucking us out of release content.

Not long and DLC will be announced before their games. That will be interesting.

Looks interesting enough. I mean for free. Don't understand the obsession with preordering, but if it gets me free extra stuff, why not?

Sounds like a reason to Pre Order to me. Guess their plan worked... *goes to pre order*

RobCoxxy:
If you're announcing DLC before the game's out, EA, you're just fucking us out of release content.

Agreed. The game's release is still a couple of months away. EA are telling me they can't stick this 'DLC' on the disk?

Wankers...

This is too far. I dislike missing out on pre-order bonuses, but I will not be sucked into pre-ordering a game I'm not really confident about.

This makes me angry. Bad EA, bad!

From what I understand there's no direct continuation from Dragon Age like there was in Mass Effect 2 (and presumably 3) correct? I might take a risk on the pre-order then. Mostly because I sort of know how Dragon Age is supposed to go, but I wasn't impressed enough by the game to actually go out and buy it. I'm hoping DA2 can improve upon the orginal.

How odd. Maybe they did this because people were complaining the "Signature Edition" wasn't... signature-y enough?

I had seen over on the Bioware forums that fans were bitching that is wasn't a very special edition. This just seems like a bizarre direction to take though, if that's the case. I think what people were complaining about was that there was no special edition, just a trumped up pre-order bonus. They were looking for dragon statuettes or something, not free DLC.

I can't think that this will go well publicity-wise for EA, or really for Bioware for that matter, since they seem to be going along with this whole thing.

Wow. Fuck you, EA.

This is not simple DLC. The game isn't even out yet but they are including an entire party member + storyline/associated quests in here.

Not a fan of this, actually hampers my interest into buying this game now.

According to the Dragon Age II wiki, your character and/or decisions can have at least a small effect on the second game.

In one of Bioware's dev diaries, they talked about how you'll see things in Dragon Age II and remember them from the first game.

Well you can always wait a bit under a year and likely get the game and all the DLC for the same price as launch. I will likely do that and play the Witcher 2 (And yet more FO:NV) in the mean time.

any news when and if we can preorder this on steam yet....i kinda dont wanna leave my house :)

Fr]anc[is:
He is not Shale or a HK-47 equivalent. I am not interested.

Well would it be better if they released another mysanthropic non-living (I guess shale kind of iffy on that count) character? I think that would be far worse to just keep giving us that. Look at Zaeed, he was a jerk and all but he was a pretty interesting jerk.

Straying Bullet:
Wow. Fuck you, EA.

This is not simple DLC. The game isn't even out yet but they are including an entire party member + storyline/associated quests in here.

Not a fan of this, actually hampers my interest into buying this game now.

They've done that since Jade Empire. This isn't new territory for BioWare.

Gudrests:
any news when and if we can preorder this on steam yet....i kinda dont wanna leave my house :)

The signature edition pre-order period ends january 11th so the earliest you're going to hear about anyone else's preorders will be the 12th.

Raithnor:
From what I understand there's no direct continuation from Dragon Age like there was in Mass Effect 2 (and presumably 3) correct? I might take a risk on the pre-order then. Mostly because I sort of know how Dragon Age is supposed to go, but I wasn't impressed enough by the game to actually go out and buy it. I'm hoping DA2 can improve upon the orginal.

The DA:O character is a part of the lore for DA2 but I don't think they'll ever actually be present. I imagine there will be "standard" history for people who aren't carrying forward a save, these guys are dead, that place was destroyed etc.

Why is anybody surprised? They announced they were going to do this when they announced the Signature Edition. Either way, I'm still getting the game.

Not cool. I got a reservation card for Dragon Age 2 from Target. Somehow I doubt that counts as pre ordering though. Guess this character will suffer the same fate as Leliana's Song. That being, I won't be picking him up right away, even though I want to.
(What is this captcha thing I have to type in? Was there really a bot problem on this website?)

Don't care if it's a dick move! DA is my favourite RPG since it's release and I've been having money issues, I just wish I can win the escapist contest for the game.

(PS- It really is a dick move, I don't know how the hell The Stone Prisoner was a DLC since it seemed like an integral part of DA, and the Exiled Prince gives away the same vibe)

RobCoxxy:
If you're announcing DLC before the game's out, EA, you're just fucking us out of release content.

Pretty much. I think it shows just how much of the game is getting butchered up for DLC.

lol Wtf? Should'ent they release the game first?

manythings:

Fr]anc[is:
He is not Shale or a HK-47 equivalent. I am not interested.

Well would it be better if they released another mysanthropic non-living (I guess shale kind of iffy on that count) character? I think that would be far worse to just keep giving us that. Look at Zaeed, he was a jerk and all but he was a pretty interesting jerk.

Yes. Considering how most of Bioware's humans completely suck compared to the non humans, I would much rather have more HKs. Compare HK to Atton (haven't played KotoR 1 yet, I'm sure it's not much of a stretch that Carth is boring and annoying), Legion to Miranda, and Morrigan to Shale. I liked Zaeed as well, but he was one dimensional. Plus he was the Shark drill instructor driving teacher from Spongebob, so that's just gravy XD

Woo! Let's cut content from the game and release it separately!

I refuse to preorder any game that wants me to do so before a certain date. Makes me wonder if they're afraid of review scores or something. Tbh, I didn't bother picking Shale up in most of my playthroughs anyway, and only really used the DLC as easy gold from selling all those damned crystals. Don't really give two shits about this prince fellow, as I'm certain the same would happen with him.

Hell, if DA2 wasn't made by Bioware, I probably wouldn't be interested at all.

Wait wait wait! A DLC before the actual game, wow this is original.

Announcing DLC before the game is released. I hate it when it happens because it just makes it obvious they're abusing the system for more money.

Hi there, EA, let me just give you a pointer, of the many under my imaginary hat, on what the fuck DLC is supposed to be.

It's extra content from a successful game years down the line after release to give players - new and old - that same fresh experience of playing the game on day one, so they can continue to enjoy it.

You've somehow got it backwards with purposely removing content from a game yet to be released and then selling said content for muchos (Robert) dineros to players who haven't even played the game yet. Sure, pre-order and get it free, even though it's not really free, but whatever. They'll, as always, sell it in a few weeks/days time to all the other poor schmucks.

What gives BioWare? I mean I am going to buy the game no matter what, so why do you have these kind of shit? What if I cant pre order?

Ah yes, EA's belly is growling for money, I'm just gonna take a wild guess and say they just locked this "DLC" off the game so they can sell it to you again.

How long before they make you pay for every quest...

I'm not pre-ordering the signature edition, purely because the colour scheme ruins the effect of the blood dragon.

RobCoxxy:
If you're announcing DLC before the game's out, EA, you're just fucking us out of release content.

oh i agree with you there, the only time DLC should be announced it at least a month after the game is released, seems they are getting way to carried away with this, turning a games extras into a money making scheme. they might as well if they are already not just breaking a single game apart and selling individual pieces.

I won't be getting this, since I rarely have the money for a new game on the day it comes out, or even to preorder. Soooo..... yeah, won't be able to get this 'til later. Which sucks, since it looks interesting.

So, you guys are worried that the standalone game won't be feature-rich enough without that DLC?
Here's a simple solution: Don't buy.

If you don't think you're getting your money's worth, why waste your money? Your hand isn't really being forced, here.

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