BioWare Offers 5 Powerful Dragon Age 2 Items to Facebook Users

BioWare Offers 5 Powerful Dragon Age 2 Items to Facebook Users

BioWare has detailed the rewards it will give players of Facebook's Dragon Age: Legends.

Leading in to the release of Dragon Age 2, EA 2D is once again working with BioWare to develop a side-game similar to Dragon Age: Origins' associated Flash game Dragon Age: Journeys. Playing Facebook's Dragon Age: Legends will unlock 5 unique items in Dragon Age 2, and BioWare has recently revealed what those items will be.

Three of the items are specifically related to a mythical demon hunter that EA 2D and BioWare created named Evra. Evra's Might is a solid gold ring shaped like a demon skull that was often used to "punch demons in the face." Sounds like as good a use as any. Evra's Trophy Belt was constantly altered over Evra's demon slaying days to feature trophies of his kills, including teeth and fur. Cool, but a little gross. The Air of Confidence is a ring that doesn't involve skulls or teeth or hair, but never left Evra's finger even while he slept. Its properties are a mystery.

The other two items are related to the story of Dragon Age: Journeys and play a part in its eventual extension. The Ivo Family Crest is a diamond-shaped golden amulet that bears the crest of House Ivo, while Dura's Blue Flame is a silver amulet that includes a large glowing blue sapphire.

Dragon Age: Legends isn't available to the public yet, but is said to combine the social environment of Facebook with tactical combat. From screenshots that show players shoving their axes into the brains of the Darkspawn, it looks like a Facebook game worth playing. If you'd like to earn these items in Dragon Age 2, visit Dragon Age: Legends' website or check it out on Facebook and sign up for the beta.

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Somehow all this social integration and such with the digital world, makes me feel that EA is actually holding several content hostage before you put effort into it pre-game.

For some reason, despite having a Facebook, I will let it slide probably. Maybe the game as well. I am not liking the marketing/promotional of this game at all anymore. Too much sense a player who would buy this game retail without paying attention, is going to miss out.

I know the guys at Penny Arcade made one, is that any of these? Or is it completely unrelated?

Boo. I hate this idea. I hate FaceBook and don't think I deserve to miss out on items because I am not suckered into that environment.

I know people hate Facebook and all but I'll definitely use this... free DLC!

Also I quite like Facebook at the moment.

Am I the only one that is getting tired of all these in game items getting sold off outside the game ?

All you read / see is offers of items if you pre order, buy this comic , buy this other game , buy this version of the game, buy that version , buy that special editon , buy it on a special , buy another special item for more items , and get a TF 2 hat.

... its a wonder there is anything left to find in the actual game itself.

To be fair it aint just Bioware, its virtually every publisher these days.

No way. I shelled out money for the pre-order since I was going to be getting it anyway but NOTHING will make me go back to the hell hole that is Facebook.

FoolKiller:
Boo. I hate this idea. I hate FaceBook and don't think I deserve to miss out on items because I am not suckered into that environment.

my thoughts exactly, fck a facebook.

jesus

i was going to say inb4 angst against facebook...but guess the angst ninja's got here fast.

OT: i might check it out eventually, but if not oh well, just a few items really, no big deal (but still cool if you wanna mess around and earn em)

What the hell do you guys do on Facebook that makes it so bad?
I've never had a problem with it at all.

I'm not getting DA2 so it's pretty much a given that I won't be doing this, it's a neat idea though. It will probably give out a message saying you've done it and others who may be interested and unaware of the offer will also partake.
Good idea right there.

FoolKiller:
Boo. I hate this idea. I hate FaceBook and don't think I deserve to miss out on items because I am not suckered into that environment.

Me too. I think this have gone too far. I like Bioware games, but really needs to stop. First Pre-order bonus (and then a second round of pre-order bonus), and Dead space, now this? and all this is for one game alone.

too bad I canceled my facebook account because its turned into a giant rigged data mining scam.

starting to think about cancelling DA2 preorder as well, EA took all the annoying features of "project 10 dollar" and are blowing them WAY out of proportion. like, way farther then even I thought possible, and i can be a pretty bitter dude sometimes.

its okay though, because all of this is really leading up to yet another game industry crash. they more they try preventing people not buying their game, the more they end up doing the exact opposite. DRM, DLC, retailer/website specific preorder content, releasing the same games over and over just to make a quick buck, it will backfire.

Nope, this still wont make me get facebook. -.-'
Will take something pretty god damn awesome to make one as well.
However, I have my pre-order down for DA-2 and can't wait =3

punching demons in the face eh? i'm down

I'm really not a fan of all these cross media promotions. Certianly not those that offer very signifcant advantages. These items should be available to get in the game reguardless of ones using facebook or not. Facebook could be an anternate way to unlock the content, but it should not be the only way.

i had a account but i forgot it so meh

LISTEN STOP USING FACEBOOK GAMES TO GIVE US STUFF IN ACTUAL GAMES

Im sick of this its forcing people to use a horrible site just to get in game items. Make the game put out all over the net not just facebook its irritating how much we are forced to miss becouse we didnt go on some shitty site

I hate it when stuff like this happens. Look game companies - I like to purchase your products. I loathe social networking with a fiery passion that could ignite the very fabric of reality itself. Stop trying to make me sign up for Facebook to get stuff, just bloody give it to me when I pay for your games. Because I've already bloody pre-ordered your damn game! What more do you want from me?!

Seriously, exclusive DLC (no matter how pointless it might be) is insanely infuriating, and while this is technically content that anyone could get, having to sign up for Facebook to get them is like requiring us to sign over the souls of our firstborn children before you'll offer us a fancy digital hat; that is just not a cool thing to do.

dangg...

people are gettin mad!

Ok, EA, I pre-ordered the game to get the mabari and the extra DLC.

I was looking at Dead Space 2 and figured I won't play it so it's no justification for armor I'll change after a day.

Why do I have to play Facebook for awesome extras? I've been able to avoid the online gaming thing on Facebook for so long now. I avoided the Vampire Wars, FarmVille, CityVille, that Sorority game... Why are you making me go back just for a few trinkets?

I'll try it, because I know you're milking my Bioware fangirlness, but if it's not the best thing since chocolate, I'm done.

Now please, save SOMETHING for the actual game? Hmm? Because it's really getting annoying now.
Really.

Were you like this for ME, Bioware? Just...just wondering.

I hate face book, but love swag.

I did also enjoy dragon age journeys. So..... I may finally get a face book. Play the stupid game. Then delete it.

also captchas suck

As much as I want what I can get for Dragon Age 2, I still don't want to get involved in Facebook. Why oh why couldn't they have just done another flash game like they did with Dragon Age Journeys?

Veldie:
LISTEN STOP USING FACEBOOK GAMES TO GIVE US STUFF IN ACTUAL GAMES

Im sick of this its forcing people to use a horrible site just to get in game items. Make the game put out all over the net not just facebook its irritating how much we are forced to miss becouse we didnt go on some shitty site

Totally agree with you there.

I hate facebook with a passion. I don't want to know who is going to bed now; what they ate for dinner or how excited they are about missy's birthday.

Forcing us to use facebook to unlock game content is really pissing me off - but with that said and done, I'll be using it to unlock said items (and hating myself a little bit more with each key press).

The more of this crap they put out, the less inclined I am to buy the game. Why the Fuck would I want a game where I have to do a million other things in real life to get half the content? And of course they're still charging me full price.

Am I the only one who thinks the game (Dragon Age Legends) itself may be worth playing even without the Bonus Items? Because that's what I'm most likely going to do.

Isn't it more rewarding to earn your equipment ingame, instead of entering a code or something?

shewolf51:
No way. I shelled out money for the pre-order since I was going to be getting it anyway but NOTHING will make me go back to the hell hole that is Facebook.

Wait, you paid for a pre-order? Why? Isn't pre-ordering essentially just putting your name down for a copy so you're guaranteed to get one?

gmaverick019:
dangg...

people are gettin mad!

Perhaps you need to check your definition of angst. Being angry that a game publisher insists we jump through various hoops in order to get the full game experience is not angsting, it is a legitimate concern. I don't have FB anymore, I don't want it back, but if I want these items to enhance my game experience I don't have a choice. The problem is that this is a growing trend - that in order to get the "full" game experience (look at the Stone Prisoner DLC from DA:O for example, or the two downloadable party members from ME2) we have to pay extra for content that, a few years ago, would have come with the game anyway.

I understand Project Ten Dollar. I don't like it, but right now I can understand why companies do it. My worry is that as DLC/items/bonuses become more spread out (like with this FB app, which requires playing a seperate game on a seperate system) more and more content will be hacked out of games to be earned by growing Farmville crops or playing iPhone games. Damn it, no; I paid £40 for a full game and I damn well expect a full game for my money!

SonicWaffle:

gmaverick019:
dangg...

people are gettin mad!

Perhaps you need to check your definition of angst. Being angry that a game publisher insists we jump through various hoops in order to get the full game experience is not angsting, it is a legitimate concern. I don't have FB anymore, I don't want it back, but if I want these items to enhance my game experience I don't have a choice. The problem is that this is a growing trend - that in order to get the "full" game experience (look at the Stone Prisoner DLC from DA:O for example, or the two downloadable party members from ME2) we have to pay extra for content that, a few years ago, would have come with the game anyway.

I understand Project Ten Dollar. I don't like it, but right now I can understand why companies do it. My worry is that as DLC/items/bonuses become more spread out (like with this FB app, which requires playing a seperate game on a seperate system) more and more content will be hacked out of games to be earned by growing Farmville crops or playing iPhone games. Damn it, no; I paid £40 for a full game and I damn well expect a full game for my money!

oh i know, that was slight trolling on my part, but just before i say anything else, this was the response i LEAST expected to get (you were very composed, so good job!)

but i highly understand and get what you mean, and yes i agree with the project ten dollar part, i dont like it but i can understand them for doing it.

honestly i would blame EA more than bioware for this..bioware hardly ever used to do this before being bought out by them, so i would just hope the average person could understand that.

also another point i wanted to give out for some mental food to chew around, are we entirely sure bioware makes this facebook app? maybe its someone(or a group) of designers/programmers who had a deal with EA or are admirers of their work and bioware is just recognizing them and giving people a small incentive if they play that game too?

im not agreeing with it, but just saying there is probably more to it rather than just "MERRRR MORE PRE ORDER CONTENT TO UNLOCK!"

I am happy. It might be good. Echo Bazaar has turned into a decent game. Give me something else to do while chatting with friends. Just as long as they don't expect us to invest real money into it I am fine with it. Who knows it might be a decent game despite it's platform.

gmaverick019:
oh i know, that was slight trolling on my part, but just before i say anything else, this was the response i LEAST expected to get (you were very composed, so good job!)

Well, me shouting and going "herp derp derp ur a stoopid" probably wasn't going to help the situation much :-P

gmaverick019:
honestly i would blame EA more than bioware for this..bioware hardly ever used to do this before being bought out by them, so i would just hope the average person could understand that.

I'm not so much blaming them - from their perspective, it makes a certain amount of sense. Dragon Age on FB pushes the brand, and may even reach new customers, as well as presumably providing advertisement money from banners. However, for those gamers who are unwilling to fulfil the required tasks (such as myself) it kinda sucks. That demon-punching ring sounds pretty cool, for example, but not cool enough to start a new FB profile and play the game sufficiently to earn it. It starts small, and frankly this incident is barely worth complaining about, but what if one day the only way to get the Ultimate Weapon O' Serious Motherfuckery is to check into Foursquare, Digg a certain amount of things and plant 100 turnips on Farmville so you can unlock a certain quest? Slippery slope, and all that jazz.

gmaverick019:
also another point i wanted to give out for some mental food to chew around, are we entirely sure bioware makes this facebook app? maybe its someone(or a group) of designers/programmers who had a deal with EA or are admirers of their work and bioware is just recognizing them and giving people a small incentive if they play that game too?

Well, per the article the game is being made by EA 2D in collaboration with BioWare. The name implies that they're hardly a gang of indie types, more an arm of a corporate giant. That doesn't necessarily mean that their game will suck or that they are soulless automatons, just that the game is being made by EA.

gmaverick019:
im not agreeing with it, but just saying there is probably more to it rather than just "MERRRR MORE PRE ORDER CONTENT TO UNLOCK!"

I'm sure there is. Think of it in terms of other industries, though. If you go to a restaurant without booking a table beforehand, do they seat you but refuse to serve dessert because it was pre-order only? Would a car dealership sell you a car without tyres because you didn't spend enough time on their Facebook cyber-shop? A DVD that has to be bought new to feature the last ten minutes? Absurd examples, sure, but not that much stranger than removing finished game content until the player satisfies your specific demands.

SonicWaffle:
snip.

hah well that was alot of text, but i do highly agree with alot of it

oh and i lol'd about your tire part, if someone did that to me i would laugh out loud then go "are you fucking serious?"

the only difference is those are physical objects mostly, but to the same degree i agree.

SonicWaffle:

shewolf51:
No way. I shelled out money for the pre-order since I was going to be getting it anyway but NOTHING will make me go back to the hell hole that is Facebook.

Wait, you paid for a pre-order? Why? Isn't pre-ordering essentially just putting your name down for a copy so you're guaranteed to get one?

Yeah, it is. I just meant that even though I apparently have enough faith in the game to pre-order a copy of the game ahead of knowing for sure whether or not the game will be good, I'm not going back to Facebook just to get extra content.

And I the only one who feels somewhat overwhelmed by all this promotional stuff going on? It's like EA are trying to back us into a wall and then shove all this in our face yelling "PLAY THIS! DO THIS, GET FREE STUFF! YOU LIKE FREE STUFF RIGHT?!"

I think I will give this a miss as well to be honest. =/

SonicWaffle:

shewolf51:
No way. I shelled out money for the pre-order since I was going to be getting it anyway but NOTHING will make me go back to the hell hole that is Facebook.

Wait, you paid for a pre-order? Why? Isn't pre-ordering essentially just putting your name down for a copy so you're guaranteed to get one?

Actually in certain countries I think you have to pay.

Edit: I have the game, and the items aren't even that good. Also, equipping items seems to make less of a difference than it did in the first one.

 

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